46) TV Interview and Razmafzar Seminar in Tehran, Iran, July 07-11, 2016
Some months ago, a young award-winning director (Literature award of theater of Iran in 2014) named Mr. Milad Hosseini had contacted me through a friend Mr. Mehdi Hosseinzadeh to ask for my cooperation on a documentary on Iranian military history and tradition. I was really happy to get to know Milad a very enthusiastic, creative and determined personality. I sent him my books and our cooperation started from there. Months later, Milad informed me that he had talked and introduced me to Mr. Nader Talebzadeh, a famed and award-winning Iranian film director, film producer and a documentary filmmaker. Mr. Talebzadeh is a graduate of the Columbia University Film School in the USA. His works include a famed TV series titled the Messiah and also numerous award-winning documentary films about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction during Iran-Iraq war.
July 07, 2016: After teaching at a law firm, I was picked up by my wife and children to go to the airport. It was a special day as I was going to see my country, my parents and all those nice gentlemen who were experts in their field. Additionally, it was the first time that my daughter was accompanying me to see her grandparents without my wife and son travelling with us. We travelled together to Iran and other countries often but she never travelled with me alone. So she was very excited and happy about it. We said goodbye to my wife and son and took the Lufthansa plane to Tehran. We had a very good flight which took five hours and arrived in Tehran. As my parents wanted to pick me up I kindly rejected the kind offer of Mr. Talebzadeh to be picked up by a VIP service. My daughter and I were very happy to meet my parents and we drove to my parents home in the north of Tehran close to the beautiful mountain bed of Damavand.
July 08, 2016: I got up early in the morning and we had breakfast. My daughter was so happy to see her grandparents. Around noon, Milad came and picked me up and we drove to the Parsian Hotel to meet Mr. Talebzadeh. We arrived earlier and then Mr. Talebzadeh arrived. What a pleasant and friendly personality he was. We shook hands and he introduced the goals and concepts of his TV program named Asr (Afternoon). Mr. Talebzadeh had invited a number of important directors, researchers, etc to his program. I had already informed my friend and student Mr. Ziya Majidi to pick me up in the hotel. He had kindly organized a Razmafzar seminar with Shihan Hossein Nazari, 6th dan in karate Kyokushinkai. Ziya had joined a jijutsu class in the dojo of Shihan Nazari under the auspices of Sensei Shahhosseini (3rd dan blackbelt Jijutsu) as I had advised him to do. The reason was that Ziya was not close to me to practice war wrestling and wrestling or any other practical martial art can only be learned under professional guidance.
After my introductory speech with Mr. Talebzadeh, Ziya took me and we drove to the dojo of Shihan Nazari. Obtaining a blackbelt in Kyokushinkai karate is very difficult and Shihan Nazari has the 6th dan blackbelt in Kyokushinkai karate. I also practiced Kyokushinkai for years and Shihan Nazari had been informed by Ziya. He expressed a great interest in Razmafzar and I was invited to teach it there. What a great honor for me to teach Razmafzar to the blackbelts of Kyokushinkai. When we arrived I saw Shihan Nazari waiting outside his Dojo in the Tamaddon Park. I saw that on two big posters my name was written in Persian next to my picture. The posters read: "We would like to welcome the prestigious presence of Dr. Khorasani, the founder of Razmafzar Organization (Historical Martial Arts of Iran) and the winner of two World Book Prizes of Iran and the international instructor of Razmafzar in Russia, USA, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Malta, Ukraine. From the Masters and Seniors of Martial Arts, Mr. Maleki, Messrs Moradi brothers, Colonel Farzi, Mr. Shah Hosseini, Mr. Majidi, the martial arts practitioners and the management of Tamaddon Dojo".
The other banner read: "Dear Dr. Khorasani, chivalry, learning weapon arts and ayyari have deep roots in Iran. We pray to God for your success in presenting this noble art to the world. The representatives of the Townhall of the Area 8 of Tehran, Tamaddon Park, Members of the City Council and Management of Kerman Neighborhood".
It was truly an honor for me to teach at the dojo of Shihan Nazari. Everyone knows that Kyokushinkai Karate is a fullcontact martial art and one of the most effective systems
in the world. One of my martial arts is Kyokushinkai karate and the reception, Shihan Nazari and his blackbelt and brown belt students provided really overwhelmed me. A
number of high-ranking fighters and champions of Tehran and Iran took part in my seminar. They came from different disciplines such as Kyokushinkai Karate, Jijutsu,
Judo, Wing Chun Kungfu and Muaythai. The names of the highest ranks were:
- Shihan Hossein Nazari (6th rank blackbelt Kyokushinkai Karate)
- Sensei Shahhosseini (3rd dan blackbelt Jujutsu)
- Sensei Kazemi (3rd dan blackbelt Kyokushinkai Karate)
- Sensei Zerafatju (3rd dan blackbelt Kyokushinkai Karate)
- Mr. Sajed (1st dan blackbelt Kyokushinkai Karate)
- Ostad/Sifu Meshkat (Wing Chun and Shaolin Kungfu)
- Ostad Moradi (Muaythai and Freefight)
- Ostad Moradi (Jijutsu and judo)
When we entered the dojo, all blackbelts greeted me by saying Ossu. It was a wonderful moment to be greeted that way and I could see the pictures of Soke Oyama, the founder of Kyokushinkai Karate hanging on the walls. I cannot describe the feelings I had at the moment. I was truly honored. Thanks to Shihan Nazari and Mr. Majidi and all instructors and participants there. It was a wonderful moment in my life.
Then I started with the seminar. First, I explained the background and basic principles of Razmafzar. See the video Part 1.
Then I continued with the second part of the seminar "Guards of Shamshir and Separ with Razmafzar", see the video Part 2.
The next step was attacking with shamshir, combinations 1 and 2 of shamshir and separ from the first level of Razmafzar and throwing techniques with shamshir and separ, see the video Part 3.
Further I showed other weapons of Razmafzar such as axe, mace, spear/lance, dagger, knife and bow, see the video Part 4.
The last part of my seminar was about Persian war wrestling, see the video Part 5.
During my seminat Shihan Nazari kindly explained the concept of endurance fights to the participants and explained how difficult it was to do such a test. He added that for passing the fifth dan of Kyokushinkai, he had to do a fifty round endurance fight which was extremely hard. Shihan Nazari kindly explained that even carrying a headgear in sparring would make the fight much more tiring and praised me for doing the tests in full historical fencing gear. His words meant a lot to me as Shihan Nazari is one of the highest ranks in the powerful style of Kyokushinkai Karate in the world.
During my seminar, the martial arts masters, the Moradi brothers showed a demonstration of Jijutsu and freefighting techniques for the whole participants. To see the techniques click here.
July 09, 2016: Milad picked me up with a taxi at my parents' home and we drove to the headquarters of the Ofogh Channel. Ofogh has a very professional studio and cameras. I had had different TV interviews, but Ofogh channel had one of the most professional studies I had ever seen. The technical team explained the settings to me, the lighting and placed a microphone on my shirt. Mr. Talebzadeh conducted a one-hour interview. That was the first part of the TV interview. I would like to thank Mr. Talebzadeh for his professionalism and for letting me talk most of the time. I was able to talk about the importance of the Razmafzar project and its use for the research area, martial arts area and also for the movie industry. I was able to introduce my books and Mr. Talebzadeh also asked me about my endurance fights in Prague (12 rounds), Bologna (30 rounds), Hamburg (50 rounds) and Malta (70 rounds). To see the first part of the interview click here. To see the second part of the interview click here. Another reporter also conducted a 20-minute interview with me about my research and work. For the trailer of the first part see here and for the trailer of the second part see here.
July 10, 2016: I was picked up by Milad again and we drove to the Ofogh Headquarters again. Mr. Talebzadeh conducted the second part of the interview which took another hour as well. We discussed other issues related to my research and also the training of Razmafzar. Then, Milad had also one-hour interview with me which would be included in his 12-part documentary on the military history of Iran. In the afternoon, Mr. Talebzadeh conducted a 30-minute interview in English about my research and fights. As we were scheduled to fly the following day, Mr. Talebzadeh kindly offered me to be picked up by VIP service to the airport again. I kindly rejected the offer as my parents wanted to take us to the airport. After the recordings we sat down and discussed different areas of research and stressed how important it was to advise Iranian director to use the correct historical arms and armor and also to help them in reconstructing the historical fighting scenes.
July 11, 2016: Early in the morning we arrived at the aiport, checked in, said goodbye to my parents and flew back to Germany. It was a very productive journey and I would like to thank Mr. Talebzadeh and his team and Mr. Milad Hosseini for having invited me to Iran. For a video of the streets of Tehran see the link.