Link: Historical Pankration

Take a look at here for a large library of artistic representations of the combat sports from ancient Greece and Rome. Just about any technique that you might see in modern boxing, wrestling, Judo or MMA is represented.

The pig-on-a-rope punching bag under “Training Methods” is a particular favorite, but I doubt that I will be running out to the slaughter house any time soon.

As people debate naively on about which style or art is the best, these pieces are a nice reminder that there are only so many ways that one can punch, strike, kick, strangle or throw someone else.  No one art or culture  has any particular claim to any of them. Every culture has developed fighting methods, so a functional  similarity should be expected.

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One response to “Link: Historical Pankration

  1. I am not Mr. Karate.

    One of the often forgotten pioneers of MMA and American martial arts in America is the Greek-American Demetrios “Jim” Arvanitis, who decided to resurrect pankration in the seventies. He combined his training in boxing, wrestling, savate, karate and some weapons skills to form mu-tau pankration, the letters mu and tau standing for “martial truth”. Massad Ayoob, the noted self defense and firearms instructor to police officers and civilians, has spoken highly of Jim Arvanitis and recommended training in his pankration system. It is probably mostly to his efforts that the Hellenic contribution to martial arts worldwide is known (some people theorize that pankration was transplanted to Asia with the armies of Alexander the Great, and thus spread to the Far East in some form or another).

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