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Martial Arts in the Olympics: Have the Games Changed Wrestling? Is There Hope for Pankration?

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Black Belt Hall of Famer Jim Arvanitis weighs in on the subject of pankration and the Olympics, while Black Belt contributing editor Mark Hatmaker looks at the evolution of wrestling and the Games.
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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.