VARA ~ Persian Martial Arts

Description of VARA ~ Persian Martial Arts

Okinawa Shorinj...

Persian Combat Arts include A regimen that keeps an individual battle-ready & in
good health. The heart of these Combat Arts is in the "Zurkhaneh" (literally 'the
house of power)__Some of these methods go back 5000 years B.C.
There were two distinct groups of Persian Warriors. Pahlevan, who were the heroes
of many Mythical tales, and the Ayyar, who basically served behind the curtain and
acted like what we know as "ninjas". The former were usually very big & strong,
thus not suited for clandestine operations. The latter were of incredible
proportions who either faced the champions of the enemy alone or in tandem with
the army. Both these groups had specific roles and complemented each other on &
off the battlefield.
The exercise regimen included preparations for long sword, dagger, knife and mace
wielding, as well as archery, rope handling, spear & stick fighting. Heavy stones that weighed approximately A 100 pounds were lifted (laying on their back),whilst
on the ground to develop the muscles of the back, chest & shoulders in order to enable the warriors to lift and maintain the heavy shields during the battle.
Close quarter Combat included wrestling, striking, and joint manipulation for the battlefield. Obviously, handling horses & chariots was of paramount importance.
Needless to say, these fighting methods were geared towards disabling & subduing one's opponent and were matters of survival.
Pahlevans & Ayyars were amazingly strong & disciplined. They were always battle-
ready and defending their Honor, King & Land. was of utmost importance. Their feats of bravery & sacrifice were legends that kept the Persian spirit going,
during periods of depression & invasion.

Description of VARA ~ Persian Martial Arts

Okinawa Shorinj...

Persian Combat Arts include A regimen that keeps an individual battle-ready & in
good health. The heart of these Combat Arts is in the "Zurkhaneh" (literally 'the
house of power)__Some of these methods go back 5000 years B.C.
There were two distinct groups of Persian Warriors. Pahlevan, who were the heroes
of many Mythical tales, and the Ayyar, who basically served behind the curtain and
acted like what we know as "ninjas". The former were usually very big & strong,
thus not suited for clandestine operations. The latter were of incredible
proportions who either faced the champions of the enemy alone or in tandem with
the army. Both these groups had specific roles and complemented each other on &
off the battlefield.
The exercise regimen included preparations for long sword, dagger, knife and mace
wielding, as well as archery, rope handling, spear & stick fighting. Heavy stones that weighed approximately A 100 pounds were lifted (laying on their back),whilst
on the ground to develop the muscles of the back, chest & shoulders in order to enable the warriors to lift and maintain the heavy shields during the battle.
Close quarter Combat included wrestling, striking, and joint manipulation for the battlefield. Obviously, handling horses & chariots was of paramount importance.
Needless to say, these fighting methods were geared towards disabling & subduing one's opponent and were matters of survival.
Pahlevans & Ayyars were amazingly strong & disciplined. They were always battle-
ready and defending their Honor, King & Land. was of utmost importance. Their feats of bravery & sacrifice were legends that kept the Persian spirit going,
during periods of depression & invasion.

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The Sports of

The Sports of Champions
Persian Fighting Methodology & Battle Preparation
Rostam ~ Legendary Hero of the Persian Mythology
The forces of Light(Ahuramazda) ~ Good & Evil
Zurkhaneh ~ Place of Power
* Proper Thoughts
* Proper Behavior
* Proper Speech


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