Jim Arvanitis Resurrects Pankration The First Mixed Martial Art. judo. ancient greek pankration. ancient pankration. bo. grappling technique. Jim Arvanitis is world-renowned as Greek Pankration’s “Renaissance Man” and the Founder of Neo-Pankration, a cohesive blend of the remnants of the ancient. Jim Arvanitis stands out in the martial arts community as a trailblazer and an innovator, one who has dedicated his life to advancing the arts. World renowned as.

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Jim Arvanitis Part 1: The First Mixed Martial Artist

I might suggest light contact sparring, combat simulation drills with equipment, and analyzing films of an opponent in action jin exploit particular strengths and weaknesses. Arvanitis has since taught hundreds of students at his schools and seminars throughout the world including high-ranking black belts, competing athletes, and special military forces.

Elusive mobility is a core principle of my personal fighting philosophy. Going into a fight injured from training or having to withdraw altogether are ji, good options. Through his unrelenting efforts as a researcher, his athletic feats, books and videos, hundreds of magazine articles, television appearances, and radio interviews, Arvanitis has truly earned the title jkm “Father of Modern Pankration” and is among the most prolific martial artists of our time.

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He has also been a frequent guest on radio, television, and internet podcasts. The Modern Greek Karate Jul 01, Ayoob was intrigued by Jim’s knowledge of pankration and his diverse skill-set.

Jim Arvanitis – Wikipedia

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Jim also demonstrated up to seventeen consecutive one-arm thumb pushups on television talk shows throughout the s. To ensure the applicability of his style in modern altercations, Arvanitis became an experienced competitor and street-fighter.

The Unchain Combat Sport of Ancient GreeceArvanitis will be publishing two more books in the upcoming year and featuring in his third cover article for Black Belt kim. Noted journalist Massad Ayoob, who penned the article, called Jim Arvanitis the “consummate fighter and one of the best martial artists he had ever seen.

Arvanitis countered by doing a one-armed, two-finger push-up.

The community became more accepting of the idea of pankration being a precursor to the Eastern martial arts styles that are popular today, he said. To develop his striking tools he has long utilized various equipment much of which was unseen in martial arts in the early days: Jim also did one-arm pushups on two fingers and thumb pushups with his arms extended in front of him.

With his understanding of body mechanics he was able to generate a large amount of force in his blows.


Opposing the theory that martial arts originated in Asia, Arvanitis began an odyssey to discover the combat roots of his ancestors before he was even twenty years old.

With this philosophy in mind and the fact that mixed fighting was not yet popular, his following was always small but constant.

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Today he is praised as a pioneer by atvanitis peers receiving countless awards and honored by numerous organizations. Eventually, this led to Arvanitis attempting and completing a push-up on only his thumbs. Provide feedback about this page.

Arvanitis said the Greek key, an interlocking circle of right-angled spirals symbolizing infinity, represents his goals in life: Rather than practicing on padded mats all the time, he and his students arvanitsi train and spar on sand to simulate the ancient skamma sandpit arena of the ancients, and on pavement. Arvanifis outweighed him by more than sixty pounds. His students include boxers, wrestlers, martial artists from various styles, professional bodyguards and stuntmen, law enforcement personnel, and military special forces.

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