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Tag Archives: ancient pankration

Jim Arvanitis on the Greek Olympic Games, MMA and Pankration

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Internationally known as the “Father of Modern Pankration,” Jim Arvanitis, the Black Belt Hall of Fame 2009 Instructor of the Year, contends that “be it a front kick, hammerfist or shoulder throw, the lineage of each can be traced back to the ancient Greeks.” He should know, having studied pankration and both its modern-combat and
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Jim Arvanitis Resurrects Pankration: The First Mixed Martial Art

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

There’s no denying that Jim Arvanitis is a skilled martial artist. He moves like a 30-year-old both on his feet and on the ground, where he flows from technique to technique with an ease you seldom see outside a high-end grappling school. And there’s no denying that he’s a martial arts historian par excellence. One
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Posted in Boxing, General Martial Arts History, Pankration, Western Martial Arts History, Wrestling.

Jim Arvanitis on “The First Mixed Martial Art”

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Jim Arvanitis, internationally known as the “Father of Modern Pankration,” presents the re-release of his book, The First Mixed Martial Art: Pankration From Myths to Modern Times, available now from Black Belt Books for $24.95. In the full-color edition, Arvanitis explores pankration’s ancient Greek roots, as well as its modern combat and mixed-martial arts applications.

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Posted in Martial Arts Multimedia, Pankration, Traditional Martial Artists, Traditional Martial Arts Videos, Western Martial Arts History.