Pahlavani (koshti) is a common name for the traditional wrestling in ancient Persia and present-day Iran, which is the most revered sport in Iran and has a very ancient history.

The wrestling is part of the traditional complex of martial arts of the Persians. The nationwide style of wrestling in Iran is considered to be the koshti pahlavani or, as it is also called, the style of Zurkhanee.

The wrestling technique of koshti pahlavani is extremely diverse and represents one of the best examples of free wrestling.


PAHLAVANI – national wrestling (Islamic Republic of Iran).

Composition of the team – 4 people: 3 athletes, 1 coach.

Athletes older than 18 are allowed to take part in the competitions. The competitions are held among men. In all weight categories a maximum of 1 athlete is allowed. Weight categories:
– up to 70 kg, up to 80 kg, absolute weight category.

Competitions are held under the current rules of the World Pakhlavani Federation.

The winner in the absolute weight category has the right to take part in the Great Nomad Wrestling.

Download: competition rules of Pahlavani