I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1965. I lived in a family of 11, including my 9 siblings. As the last child, I was heavily influenced by my brothers, who taught me to wrestle, box and play soccer.
When I was 14, my fourth oldest brother encouraged me to take up martial arts, then known as Kung fu TO,A, a system developed by master Ebrahim Mirzai. He was a Persian army official that studied in China. Upon his return, he spread his art through our country rapidly.
I started my journey in martial arts under one of his disciples, master Farzin Raji. That was the base system I continued for 3 years before it was banned by the regime due to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.