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Zurkhaneh - Persian Yoga & Martial Arts Conditioning - Ancient Wisdom. Modern Warriors.
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Zurkhaneh - Persian Yoga Free Beginners workshop at Crossfit Revolute 11.30am Sat 6th of July. Please confirm your attendance so we can cater necessary equipment for you on the day.
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Learn the conditioning arts of the most feared cavallary unit of the ancient world - The Sassanian Savaran (Sassanid Cataphracts).

Zurkhaneh - Persian Yoga & Martial Arts Conditioning. Free Workshop at Adonis Athletic Wed 5pm 4/10 Straits ave, South Granville.
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Discover the secrets of Ancient Persian Yoga & Martial Arts Conditioning.

Zurkhaneh - House of Power. Free Workshop at Adonis Athletic Wed 5pm 4/10 Straits ave, South Granville.
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The Importance of Rhythm.

The ability to be cognizant of proper distance, timing and rhythm are factors that separate the great athlete from a good one. These factors are vital qualities for a martial artist, within any form or discipline.

This is why the Great Bruce Lee took up Cha Cha dancing, and later became a champion Cha Cha practitioner. Bruce Lee incorporated these skills in a training form which he called 'Interaction Drills'.

This is also part of the fundamental principles behind whirling practices as done in Zurkhaneh. The whirling and the practice of 'kicking' (Pa Zadan in Persian) are aimed at improving and increasing the athlete's sense of coordination, control, balance and judgment of space and distance.

These exercises have the added benefit of increasing and improving cardio endurance and concentration.

To learn more about Zurkhaneh come to our Free Open Day Workshop this Sunday at 10am at the Customs House in Circular Quay. For more details DM or visit: http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/16902-zurkhaneh-persian-martial-arts-performance-and-workshop
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The Meel (Persian Clubbell) for Joint mobility and stability

To improve and increase joint mobility and stability, particularly in the shoulder girdle, it is very important to consider the following:

1. Work in your bodies entire Range Of Motion (ROM)
2. Do flexibility exercises to increase your ROM
3. Perform exercises that target fast and slow twitch muscle fibers in the entire ROM
4. Perform targeted exercises, while progressively increasing resistance, to build stability and power.

It is very important to do movements that build the posterior deltoid, and perform rowing movement to focus on the scapular retraction action, as well as a 'reverse shrug' to focus on scapular depression.

No other tool or form of exercise, to my knowledge, will give you the combined benefits and exercises, as described above, simultaneously while increasing and improving your:

- strength
- endurance
- flexibility
- power
- speed
- coordination
- agility
- balance
- accuracy
- rhythm
- concentration
- alertness

If you have an injury always consult a health professional first.

To learn more about how to prevent injuries and build your bodies mobility and stability using the Meel (Persian Club) come to our Free Open Day Workshop this Sunday at 10am at the Customs House in Circular Quay.

For more details DM or visit: http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/16902-zurkhaneh-persian-martial-arts-performance-and-workshop
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Definition of Pahlavan.

Pahlavan is a title, it is the combination of the English words Champion and Hero; it can designate someone really strong. Yet the strength is not measured physically only.

A Pahlavan is expected to be able to cross mountains, deserts, and waters (physically and emotionally). Not only strong in body they are expected to be be pure in spirit and courageous in character.

Honest in words, righteous in action and loyal helpers to those in need; they symbolize the epitome of [hu]manhood.

One does not refer to oneself as a Pahlavan, it is a title bestowed based on merit and character.

A prime example is Jahan (World) Pahlavan Takhti, an Olympic gold medal holder and winner of multiple wrestling world championships. He would not attack the injured side of his opponent during a title fight. He lost the match, but showed that he valued honorable behavior more than reaching victory. He is also known to have walked the streets going door to door to raise funds for earthquake victims in Iran.

These characteristics originate from traditional values of Zurkhaneh, a kind of heroic behaviour epitomizing chivalrous qualities; so called Javanmardi in Persian.

To learn more about what makes a Pahlavan and the art they practiced to develop their senses come to our Free Open Day Workshop this Sunday at 10am at the Customs House in Circular Quay. For more details DM or visit: http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/16902-zurkhaneh-persian-martial-arts-performance-and-workshop
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Boteh Jegheh - The Paisley

The Paisley (Boteh Jegheh in Persian) is a Zoroastrian/Iranian symbol of life and eternity.

Learn why the Paisley has come to symbolize the spiritual qualities of a Pahlavan and more about the ancient wisdom of Zurkhaneh; become a modern warrior of the Persian Yoga & Martial Arts at this performance and beginners’ workshop.

10.00-10.30 Meet and greet
10.30-11.00 Zurkhaneh (Persian Yoga & Martial Arts) performance
11.00-12.00 Zurkhaneh presentation & seminar
12.00-13.30 Beginners workshop and trial
13.30-14.00 Beginners Group training

Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
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Zurkhaneh - The earliest known private gym.

Zurkhaneh is made up of 2 words in Persian; Zur meaning Strength/Power and Khaneh meaning Home/House. Today it is used to designate the place for practicing Pahlavani Sports i.e. Koshti (Wrestling) Pahlavani and Martial Arts Conditioning which include Yoga like flexibility postures combined with heavy strength and endurance exercises using tools such as the Persian Meel (Clubbell), Shena (Push-up board) and Sang (Heavy Shield).

In the past there were no fitness centers as we know of today; the Zurkhaneh fulfilled that function in the Iranian society much like the Akhara did in the Indian society.

The Zurkhaneh is the earliest known form of privately operated fitness centers that were open to the general public, much like the fitness centers operated by Kaveh Akbari and Amir Fazeli here in Sydney, they were established by a Morshed (Guru) who understood and could teach principles of physical conditioning.

The Zurkhaneh is one manifestation of the importance that is placed on holistic health and wellbeing (Tandorosti in Persian) in the Persian culture.

To learn more about Zurkhaneh and to try this ancient art come to our Free Open Day Workshop this Sunday at 10am at the Customs House in Circular Quay. For more details DM or visit: http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/16902-zurkhaneh-persian-martial-arts-performance-and-workshop
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The Perfect Failure.

This is the point of muscle failure during an exercise while maintaining perfect form in the execution. Doing an exercise for reps almost always guarantees a sacrifice in form, which can lead to straining and injuries.

This is particularly important when Meel swinging. So train smart and aim for a Perfect Failure.

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The club - The oldest weapon and exercise tool.

Stop monkeying around and come join Zurkhaneh to learn how to properly wield the Meel.

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