July 2013

Finally someone has taken the effort to study this little known area of martial arts and Persian History. Dr. Khorasani had complied copius amounts of research that is rarely seen in the western world. Two particular parts of the books were especially interesting to me. "Code of Chivalry and Warrior Codex" and "Catalog" give us insight that is so rarely seen and yet is more complicated and beautiful then what we often see in the west.

Jonathan Quellet (Canada)


April 10, 2013

I have received the book yeasterday and your work is so dedicated and very well thought out.


Mr. Ryuta Osada (Japan)


April 04, 2013

I have been enjoying delving into your book. The level of detail and the amount of sources you have referenced in it is an inspiration to those of us pursuing historical martial arts. 


Mr. Mike Prendergast (Ireland)


Mr. Prendergast has been involved in HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) for over one decade.  He runs a historical fencing practice as part of the international medieval recreation group, the SCA and leads practice in Italian styles of rapier and longsword mainly, with also some 16th century Bolognese single-handed sword. In addition, he is interested in historical sabres with a focus on techniques from the Renaissance and medieval periods in preference to the 19th and 18th century styles that are abound. 



April. 03, 2013

Qualitativ ist dies eines der hochwertigsten Bücher im Bereich der Kampfkunst, das ich bisher gesehen habe, sowohl von der Machart her, als auch inhaltlich. Es ist ein wirklich sehr dickes, sehr schweres Buch, hochwertiger Druck und erstklassiger fester Einband, gute Papierqualität usw. Sehr gut verarbeitet. Wer nur ein bisschen was von Verlagswesen, Druck und Bindung versteht, der wird sofort sehen, dass allein die Verarbeitung den Preis des Buches rechtfertigt.  Inhaltlich kann man nur sagen ist das Buch jeden Cent wert. Man sieht wieviel intensive akademische und kämpferische Arbeit darin steckt. Klar ist, der Autor weiß wovon er schreibt, sowohl von akademisch-historischer Seite aus, als auch in der praktischen Umsetzung. Es ist ein hochwissenschaftliches Buch und dennoch arbeitet man sich durch die Theorie und Hintergründe, die Historie und Traditionen ohne Probleme durch, denn es liest sich sehr spannend. Auch der praktische Teil ist sehr gut aufgemacht, man liest allgemeine Hinweise, dann kommen Miniaturen mit technischen Details und genauer Beschreibung, dann Texte der Originalquelle und entsprechende technische Umsetzung mit sehr guten Fotos. Man kann anhand von Text und Bildern den Techniken sehr gut folgen. Die Anhänge mit den originalen Waffen, Schilde und Rüstungsteilen und deren Klassifizierung sind zwar kurz, aber sehr gut gemacht mit hochwertigen vierfarb-Bildern und Erläuterung. Da bekommt man natürlich gleich Lust in "Arms and Armor from Iran" weiterzulesen.  Kurz gesagt, ein sehr, sehr gutes Buch, wer mehr bzw. ich vermute mal alles erfahren will zu persischer Kampfkunst, dem sei das Buch ans Herz gelegt. 


Mr. Heiko Grosse (Germany)


Mr. Grosse is an expert swordsman, instructor and researcher in Scottish swordsmanship and fighting techniques. He became a Cateran Society member in 2009, established a training group and acquired the level of Constable of the Galloglass (Martial Exchanges) and Cateran (full-instructor for Historical Scottish Martial Arts) under C.S. Thompson (USA). Mr. Grosse is a first dan blackbelt in kendo and practiced intensively kendo from 1999-2009 at Hessischen Kendoverband (1. Sprendlinger Judoverein e.V.).



March 31, 2013


Persian Archery and Swordmanship is one of those books where the author is present but dosn't try to persuade the readers of his own views. In other words, Dr. Manouchehr Mashtagh Khorasani presents his material as it can be found it in the Persian literature and the illustrations. As it is mentioned in one of the forewords, his book therefore can serve as an introduction for the enthusiast as well as a reference source for researchers.

In 9 chapters, Dr. Khorasani describes varous concepts and weapons, which are essential for the Persian martial arts: code of chivalry, archery, mounted combat, spears and lances, swords, maces and axes, knives and daggers, short swords (qame & qaddare) and wrestling.

Compared to contemporary books about historical European martial arts, this book is clearly centered on historical sources, which means that Dr. Khorasani shows the application of the techiques in photographs, but there is no "didactic" presentation with lessons etc. The seasoned practitioner of armed martial arts will find lots of clues for his own developement or training nonetheless, especially in the part where Dr. Korasani shows how wrestling techniques can be applied to armed combat for training and war.

Most interesting besides those insights into a fighting system that is as profound and well-developed as its counterparts from Europe and the far East is the chapter about the code of chivalry, where the tradition of the zurxane (training halls) is described, which survives until today. Here, although most weapon training was removed due to restrictions, one still can see the principles of how to prepare the body (and the mind as well) for battle and to gain strenghth, flexibility and speed.

This book is a good supplement for open-minded practitioners of (western) martial arts, who want to widen their horizon, although for practical purposes a shorter, presentation of the material would be even better. There is much to be learned from zurxane, sword dances and Persian manuscripts and hopefully Dr. Khorasani will be as productive in the future as he is now.


Mr. Sebastian Keller (Germany)


March 06, 2013


I got your book today,thank you very much. It's quite big and heavy!! I mean this is good. It is rich in details and a complete system of martial arts. I'am realy glad to have it.   


Mr. Fuad Al-Mudahki (Qatar)


February 28, 2013

I received the book earlier this month. It is fantastic! I am amazed and thankful that such a resource exists. Thank you for your meticulous research and attention to detail. I will enjoy studying your work for many years to come.


Mr. Chad Brotherton (USA)


February 09, 2013

We all enjoy wonderful miniatures: the illustrations of Persian manuscripts. Beside the general artistic advantages, these manuscripts give us an excellent idea about the types of weapons of that time. Unfortunately, there are not many similar sources available to non-professional lovers of Iranian weapons.  Dr. Khorasani's book gives an opportunity not only to get acquanited with the images of the unknown in the manuscripts, but we can also learn about the fighting techniques and the warrior's skills. And all these make the perception of history and heroes' feat more real and closer to us.

Mr. Aleksey Kurochkin (Moscow, Russia)


January 24, 2013

The book arrived today, and I have only had about an hour or so to explore it. But let me say that you have produced an amazing work here: a work of artistic beauty as well as scholarship and martial exploration. I look forward to truly exploring it and learning more about the fighting arts of one of the great. 

Gregory Mele (USA) (Publisher, Editor, Freelance Academy Press)


Mr. Gregory Mele graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in History and Journalism.  His period of interest is the 12th - 14th centuries, with a particular interest in the Plantagenets, the Crusader  Kingdoms, Italy at the birth of the Renaissance, and the documentation and reconstruction of medieval European martial arts. His current interests and research focuses Italian martial traditions from the 14th to mid-16th centuries, and has presented several papers on this topic at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has also organized and co-hosted one day symposiums and presented papers on the western martial arts at both the University of Chicago and Loyola University. Mr. Mele has a number of publications as an author, co-author and contributor including: -Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi: the 15th Century Swordsmanship of Master Filippo Vadi (co-authored with Luca Porzio), - contributions to SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship and In the Service of Mars: Proceedings from the Western Martial Arts Workshops 1999 – 2009 (2010), and - the 2010 edition of the Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation.  He is a regular contributor to Western Martial Arts Illustrated, on whose editorial board he serves. Mr. Mele is also the author of the forthcoming The Art of Arms: Medieval Italian Swordsmanship (2012), the first in an instructional series on the martial arts of Fiore dei Liberi.  Within the Western martial arts community, Mr. Mele is best known for co-founding the Chicago Swordplay Guild in 1999 to create a formal venue to study historical European swordsmanship and its adjunct arts. In October of that year he also organized and hosted the first Western Martial Arts Workshop as an attempt to promote these arts amongst practitioners throughout North America. Now approaching its tenth anniversary, the workshop draws participants from three continents.   Freelance Academy Press



January 22, 2013

Vor zwei Wochen erhielt ich das Buch "Persian Archery and Swordmanship" von Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani. Vorweg sei zu sagen, dass dies keine Anleitung zum Selbstraining von Martial Arts ist! Es ist eher ein intensives Eintauchen in eine mir bis dato nicht näher bekannte faszinierende Geschichte der historischen iranischen Kampf- und Waffenkunst. 

Man merkt ab der ersten Seite, dass der Autor hier im Detail recherchiert und vieles im Buch erklärtes verinnerlicht hat, ja selbst lebt. Diese Faszination des Autors springt somit beim Lesen sofort über und man taucht ein in eine Welt, die man so in der chinesischen jedoch nicht in der iranischen Kultur vorzufinden erwartet hätte. 

Ich bin begeistert von diesem Buch und kann es jedem, der sich nur im entferntesten für historische Kamp- und Waffenkunst und/oder Kultur anderer Länder interessiert, wärmstens empfehlen. 


Claudio D`Ambrogio (Singer, Musician and Composer) (Germany)


January 18, 2013

I just received your last and SPLENDID BOOK "PERSIAN ARCHERY AND SWORDSMANSHIP- Historical martial arts of Iran".

I am very impressed by it and will certainly recommend it and write about it.
Your idea of completing the circle by not only showing the "tools of battle", but as well the ways they were used, is outstanding !
I have seen far to many books written on firearms by people who never even heard the roaring of an antique cannon, or felt the recoil cick of a gunbutt against their shoulder.
I am tired of seeing "tea-table-books" with nice pictures of swords, daggers or axes, written by people who do not have the slightest clew of how to hold such weapons in their hands, much less how to defend themselves with them.
This book of yours is like a challenging wind which made men raise their sails and venture into the open sea.
When I saw your pictures of how to fight with lances I learned myselve.
I did plenty of shooting and handling of all kinds of swords and daggers but I still will learn a lot from your book. That makes me happy as I am always hungry of knowledge and willing to learn!
Professor Rainer Daehnhardt (Portugal)

January 16, 2013

Dr. Khorasani’s Persian Archery and Swordsmanship takes dozens of Iranian primary sources and identifies techniques which have multiple references in the texts and then matches many of them with depictions in manuscript miniatures allowing him to present a faithful reproduction of historical techniques in an array of martial arts.  This, coupled with an understanding of the chivalric systems of Persian warriors and detailed information on the weapons and armor they used makes this book, make this work not only the first to address the subject in English, but also a comprehensive and scholarly treatment of the Iranian system of martial arts.


Mr. Thomas Bensing (USA)


January 06, 2013

Although I am an expert in Oriental Arms and not in Martial Arts, I feel as a duty to write to Dr. Manouchehr Moshtag Khorasani to congratulate him for writing and publishing such an important book like “Persian Archery and Swordsmanship – Historical Martial Arts of Iran”.

Dr. M.M. Khorasani is endowed with a special skill: completeness. I mean that he goes through the subject touching every feature of it and looking at it under many and different perspectives with an amazing competence.  It is an ability that appears in all his writings and books and enables them to be always at the top of any classification.   Vanna Scolari Ghiringhelli


Ms. Vanna Scolari Ghiringhelli (Italy) is a collector and expert in Eastern side-arms, in particular the kris. A member of the Accademia Ambrosiana, she is an associate of the Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient and Vice-President of the Italian-Asian Cultural Centre in Milan. Ms. Scolari is the author of the books Kris Hilts: Masterpieces of South-East Asian Art, Invincible Kriss 2 and Invincible Kriss 1. Additionally, Ms. Scolari published the articles: Il mondo magico del kris (The magic world of the kris) in Quaderni Asiatici n° 2–3 in Milan in 1984; Keris Hilt Materials in Arts of Asia, vol.27, n° 5, in Sept–Oct. 1997; Il tempo sacro dell’armaiolo giavanese (The sacred time of the Javanese smith) in A Oriente, Anno III, n°7 in Milan in 2002; and Il potere del kris (The power of the kris), Astrolabe, n°82 in June 2004.


January 05, 2013 

-Persian Archery and Swordmanship. Historical Martial Arts of Iran.- ist als Neuerscheinung die wirklich große Überraschung für Liebhaber alter pers. Waffen und deren Handhabung. Das Buch ist ein echtes Desiderat unf füllt eine wesentliche Lücke. Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani versteht es meisterhaft die verschiedenen Kampfarten mit den unterschiedlichsten Waffen
prägnant darzustellen.

In jahrelanger Arbeit und mühevollen Recherchen gelang ihm ein umfassendes und bahnbrechendes Werk. Er wertete bislang nicht erforschtes Matrial aus gewöhnlich nicht zugänglichen iranischen Quellen aus. Vom Verhaltenskodex der Krieger ausgehend wird in seinem Buch durchgehend Bezug auf die histotrische Entwicklung im Iran genommen. In ausführlichster Weise werden die Techniken der Bogenkunst und die Kämpfe zu Pferde dargestellt.

Breiten Raum nimmt der Einsatz von Speeren, Lanzen, Schwertern, Keulen und Äxten ein. Angriffs -und Verteidigungstechniken mit persischen Blankwaffen wie Kard, Khanjar, pesh kabz, Qama und Quaddara werden in aller Detailgenauigkeit aufgezeigt. Eine wirklich schöne Miniaturensammlung aus alten iranischen Quellen läßt die Kampfgeschichte im wahrsten Sinne bildlich lebendig werden. Ein Katalog ergänzt das Werk in prächtiger Weise. Brillante Fotos von iranischen Waffen der verschiedenen Typen auf bester Papierqualität erfreuen sowohl Sammler als auch Museen und Auktionshäuser.

Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh  Khorasani setzt mit diesem wegweisenden Werk Maßstäbe, es reiht sich gleichwertig in seine bisherigen Veröffentlichungen ein.
Ich bin der Meinung, dass wir von ihm in Bezug auf die persische Waffengeschichte noch sehr vielerwarten können.

Dr. Alexander von Hoffmeister (Germany)


Januay 04, 2013

Excellent and beautifully presented study of historical Iranian martial arts techniques.  Each family of techniques is described in its historical and cultural context, with several references and supporting evidence through historical texts and iconography.  Despite the scope of the subject, each section has been given a lot of attention.
While it states that it is not a self-training manual, it is very clear in its explanations and descriptions. The writing style is very straightforward and makes for pleasant reading. Hope to see more books in the future focusing on the usage of specific families of weapons. It is a fascinating book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in historical martial arts.


Mr. Karl A.

Professor Rainer Daehnhardt comes from a Prussian family that has moved to Portugal in 1706. He is the author of more than 60 books on the History and the feats of the Portuguese, a historian and collector of more than 500.000 swords, guns, canons, pommels, maps and manuscripts related to the Portuguese Discoveries, Some of his books include:

1961- Einzelne Stücke meiner Antiquitätensammlung , edição do autor; 1970- Coleccionar Armas Antigas (vol.I), edição Sala das Armas; 1971- A Sociedade Portuguesa de Armas Antigas (depois incluído nos Estatutos da Sociedade Portuguesa de Armas Antigas em 1972), edição SPAA; 1975- Espingardaria Portuguesa/Armurerie Liegeoise, com Claude Gaier. Edição da F.N. de Viana do Castelo; 1991- A Missão Templária nos Descobrimentos. 1ª edição Nova Acrópole; 1993- Páginas Secretas da História de Portugal (vol.1). 1ª edição Nova Acrópole; 1994- Páginas Secretas da História de Portugal (vol.II). 1ª edição Nova Acrópole; 1994- Espingarda Feiticeira. 1ª edição, Texto Editora; 1994- Portugal, a Missão que Falta Cumprir. Com Eduardo Amarante. 1ª edição Nova Acrópole; 1996- Homens, Espadas e Tomates. 1ª edição, Nova Acrópole; 1997- Potes de Especiarias nas Naus das Carreiras das Índias do séc. XV ao séc. XVIII. Edição do Grupo de Amigos do Museu de Marinha; 1998- Acerca das Armaduras de D. Sebastião. 1ª edição, Publicações Quipu; 1998- Acerca da Viagem de Vasco da Gama. 1ª edição, Publicações Quipu; 1998- Dos Açores à Antárctida. 1ª edição, Publicações Quipu; 1999- Mulheres de Armas e Coragem. 1ª edição, Publicações Quipu; 1999- Portugal e a Europa – Traídos e Burlados. 1ª edição, Publicações Quipu; 1999- O Homem e a Arma-A Humanidade no Caminho da Auto-Extinção? 1º edição. Publicações Quipu; 2000- Do Céu ao Inferno/From Heaven to Hell. Com Heinz Schön. 1ª edição, Publicações Quipu; 2005- Portugal Cristianíssimo. 1ª edição. Zéfiro; 2006- O Perdão dos Templários (com vários autores). 1ª edição. Zéfiro; 2009- Segredos da Descoberta da Austrália pelos Portugueses (com textos de George Collingridge e Richard H. Major). 1º edição. Zéfiro; 2010- O Enigma-Fernão de Magalhães (com textos de Latino Coelho e Caetano Alberto). 1ª edição. Apeiron Edições; 2011- D. Sebastião-O Elmo e Alcácer Quibir. 1ª edição. Apeiron Edições.