15) Razmafzar in Pankration Workshop: On July 05, I picked up my friend Heiko Grosse (Razmafzar Staff and Instructor) and we both headed to train and teach at the 08. Human Pankration in Hesse.  I had already met the chief trainer Mr. Lupo Mark de Fazio. Mr. de Fazio is an exprienced trainer in Pancration a style which I truly like.  Like other styles I practiced, Pancration is reality based.  I met Marc during our Open Day in Noruken.  A very professional and friendly gentleman and an excellent coach and fighter.  When we arrived in Fitness Asia Park in Dietzenbach, we were greeted by Mark's chief instructor Mr. Steffen Schulz a very friendly and professional gentleman.  I started as a child with martial arts, trained and gained instructor levels in some of these styles such as Kyokushin, wrestling, muaythai, but one thing I learned from my instructors early on was: "You can always see and tell the level of proficiency of a fighter by his politeness".  This truly applies to both of these gentlemen.  Politeness is a tenet stressed in Persian javanmardi and also Japanese bushido and many other chivalry codes of different cultures.  We started with a warm-up training conducted by Mark.  A very nice and demanding warm-up which is a hallmark for all reality-based and wrestling oriented martial arts.

Mark showed us a very effective technique of how to stop an incoming opponent by delivering a right front stomp kick at an oblique angle directly to the shin of the front leg and then grab the shoulders, privot them and then deliver a left front kick from behind.  Before this exercise we trained different types of angles for shooting such a front kick with both legs.  Mark also showed us how these stomp kicks worked in formations used by ancient Greeks referring to different Greek vases and sources.  I found it truly fascinating.

Steffen continued with this combination and showed us how to finish the combination by applying a right lowkick to the inner thigh of the opponent and then grab his neck and pull him back to the ground.  He also showed us how to change the side from the right shoulder to the left shoulder of the opponent, once one gained the back of the opponent in the standing position. He then demonstrated how a throw could be applied in that position.  he also showed us a variation of double-leg takedown.

Then I started to teach the war wrestling of Razmafzar.  I first explained the concept of two singleleg take downs in Razmafzar system: 

1) jāb: a singleleg takedown in the form of an ankle pick and then by pressing the head on the opponent's thigh (see Persian Archery and Swordsmanship: Historical Martial Arts of Iran, page 227)

2) sārakan: a singleleg takedown by initiating an ankle pick and then when the opponent places his foot between the legs of the attacker.  In this case, one needs to lock his feet between one's own thighs, grab his belt from behind and step with the left leg to the opponent's base by pulling his belt simultaneously (see Persian Archery and Swordsmanship: Historical Martial Arts of Iran, page 228.)

3) Kallerang: I also taught the technique kallerang (a type of leg tripping) (see Persian Archery and Swordsmanship: Historical Martial Arts of Iran, page 234.)

For the application of these three techniques see: Link


We also trained the techniques:

4) Yanbāši (leader of the side: variation 1) (Persian Archery and Swordsmanship p.  


5) Yanbāši (leader of the side: variation 2) 

6) tariq (belt throw) (Persian Archery and Swordsmanship p. 259)

For the application of the above techniques see: Link 

I also showed the participants the application of lengāleng (hopping: variation 1) (Persian Archery and Swordsmanship p. 261)

 At the end together with Heiko, I showed how the technique Yanbāši can be applied using a shamshir and separ.  I also gave a short introduction of the weapons we use in Razmafzar.

At the end of the seminar, Mr. Lupo Mark de Fazio prsented me with a valuable certificate: honorary member of Human Pankration.  I would like to thank Mark from the bottom of my heart for this present.  It is truly an honor for me.  Thank you so much Mark.  My thanks go also to Steffen and other participants.  Strength and honor to all of you.  It was a great day.

Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani


For the trailor of this wonderful seminar see: Link