Learn the techniques and mythology behind the world's oldest mixed martial art.
Founded more than 3,000 years ago, pankration
(Greek for all powers) is one of the oldest martial arts in the world. It was the first to combine striking, grappling and submission techniques, making it the ancestor of modern mixed martial arts. Many of today's mixed martial artists will be surprised to learn that the ancient Olympians used many of their modern techniques in fierce, often-fatal battles.
In The First Mixed Martial Art: Pankration From Myths to Modern Times, Black Belt
Hall of Fame member Jim Arvanitis
, known internationally as the Father of Modern Pankration, discusses the history and evolution of these Hellenic combat arts and then uses his experience to discuss pankration's methodology. Scores of photographs and easy-to-follow captions clearly illustrate maneuvers, including submissions and counters, grappling escapes, takedowns and takedown defenses, striking and ground-and-pound techniques.
After reading The First Mixed Martial Art,
you will appreciate the effectiveness of pankration and the rich cultural heritage from which it emerged.AUTHOR INTERVIEW | Jim Arvanitis: The First Mixed Martial Art