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 http://ow.ly/i/1L3nl