Iranian wrestling, nown as "koshti" in Farsi, is a combat sport that takes place between two competitors who attempt to gain and maintain a dominating physical position over their opponent. It is a very popular sport in Iran, and is considered by many to be Iran’s national sport. There are regional styles, and the objective of each is very different (e.g., lifting or throwing the opponent to the floor). One form/style of this activity is Koshti Pahlavani (heroic wrestling), derived from the ancient Iranian sport, varzesh-e-bastani. using popular wrestling techniques as joint locks, throws, clinch fighting, etc.
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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?
Who takes part?
When does it occur / How often do you take part?
Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?
Tirgan Iranian Festival
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