A sign above the Saheb-a Zaman Zurkhaneh Club in Yazd - this body building club is located close to Amir Chakhmaq Square

A sign above the Saheb-a Zaman Zurkhaneh Club in Yazd - this body building club is located close to Amir Chakhmaq Square

Interior of the zurkhaneh - the word zurkhaneh in Persian means the House of Strength

Interior of the zurkhaneh - the word zurkhaneh in Persian means the House of Strength

The tradition of zurkhaneh itself is few thousand years old - it is used by the locals to train for the unarmed combat

The tradition of zurkhaneh itself is few thousand years old - it is used by the locals to train for the unarmed combat

Current zurkhaneh is housed inside an old water reservoir (aab anbar) which was built around 1580

Current zurkhaneh is housed inside an old water reservoir (aab anbar) which was built around 1580

This is the circular corridor which goes around the water cistern

This is the circular corridor which goes around the water cistern

Some areas of the water reservoir are used as the changing rooms for the body builders and wrestlers

Some areas of the water reservoir are used as the changing rooms for the body builders and wrestlers

A protective net was placed over the reservoir

A protective net was placed over the reservoir

A simple changing room inside the zurkhaneh

A simple changing room inside the zurkhaneh

This sign points to the participants to have the wudhu (ablution) before entering the arena

This sign points to the participants to have the wudhu (ablution) before entering the arena

This sign points towars Qibla for offering prayers inside the zurkhaneh

This sign points towars Qibla for offering prayers inside the zurkhaneh

Drums are used to make the atmosphere inside zurkhaneh more dramatic

Drums are used to make the atmosphere inside zurkhaneh more dramatic

A commentary is broadcasted from this area - this zurkhaneh in Yazd has featured in many TV programs and documentaries as well

A commentary is broadcasted from this area - this zurkhaneh in Yazd has featured in many TV programs and documentaries as well

View of the main arena with the limited seats around it - Murshad (master) sits in a high chair and he oversees the proceedings

View of the main arena with the limited seats around it - Murshad (master) sits in a high chair and he oversees the proceedings

There are many clubs used by the participants to enhance their strength

There are many clubs used by the participants to enhance their strength

These clubs were decorated with the Iranian colours

These clubs were decorated with the Iranian colours

This photo shows a typical scene from the zurkhaneh

This photo shows a typical scene from the zurkhaneh

There was a large collection of photos on the walls of the club

There was a large collection of photos on the walls of the club

Training sessions usually start in the evening - some of photos of the historical Jawanmard (gentlemen) are displayed on the wall

Training sessions usually start in the evening - some of photos of the historical Jawanmard (gentlemen) are displayed on the wall

This guy in the photo was the current Murshad when I visited the Saheb-a Zaman Zurkhaneh in Yazd

This guy in the photo was the current Murshad when I visited the Saheb-a Zaman Zurkhaneh in Yazd

An old and crumbling bilding in front of the zurkhaneh

An old and crumbling bilding in front of the zurkhaneh