What an ancient Persian martial art form tells us about Iran
By Stephen Kinzer ISFAHAN, Iran a ' This is not the Iran you see on television news.
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#1 Jun 21, 2010
Incorporating both ancient wisdom and contemporary understanding of the physical potential of the human body, Master Marco Safakhoo has developed an innovative approach to physical fitness known as “Log Training.” Initially designed to meet the fitness demands of martial arts masters, log training has evolved into a revolutionary approach to fitness all its own. However, it remains an integral part of martial arts training for practitioners of Safakhoo’s martial art “Nabard.”
It was in 1983 that Marco Safakhoo established his martial art Nabard in the United States. He sought to develop a fitness regimen that would address the deficiencies of existing fitness strategies and meet the physical needs of his martial arts students. Safakhoo knew that there was more to building strength than simply building bulk. Looking to the past, he asked himself what it was that made ancient warriors of his native land Persia such formidable adversaries. Moreover, he reflected on his experiences as a martial artist, noting that it was not necessarily those who were the most muscular who were the strongest fighters. Persian warriors, without the availability of contemporary innovations in weight lifting, were nevertheless able to conquer vast stretches of Europe and Asia. Their many successful campaigns would not have been possible were it not for their superior fighting tactics and a correspondingly developed training regime which imparted to them the physical strength and endurance necessary to best their foes. It was their raw approach to fitness that was so integral to the complete warrior. Log Training is Safakhoo’s modern approach to raw physical fitness training and represents the culmination of ancient wisdom and our current understanding of the human body.
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