Asia is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when most people think of the martial arts. That makes perfect sense, because this is the birthplace of many of the most famous and popular martial arts.
From Judo to Jiu Jitsu, Karate to Taekwondo, the list of hand-to-hand combat and fighting styles that came from Asia seems endless.
But did you know that one of the oldest martial arts in the world may have been created by Greece and not Asia? This style of fighting is called Pankration. Not only has it influenced many fighting styles around the world, it is still used by fighting enthusiasts to this day.
You will find that many of the best fighting and fighting styles in the world are very similar to Greek fighting techniques. In fact, Greek techniques often compete with each other!
Boxing, strike, kick and wrestling are common fighting techniques that Pankration shares with plenty of other fighting styles. Initially, the joint locking, pressure points and other techniques were widely used.
The use of physical strength while fighting an opponent is often not a focus in many martial arts styles. In some cases, strength is completely ignored.
On the other hand, strength is important in many fighting techniques in Greece. Good examples including striking and grappling techniques.
Even the name of the Greek fighting style refers to strength. Breeding is created from two Greek words: “Pan” refers to “pan,” “kratos” refers to “force” or “strength.”
Today, modified versions of Pankration are being practiced. In some cases it is more like a kick-box hybrid and less like the martial art used in ancient Greece.
There are also fighting styles that use a combination of martial art techniques. In fact, many of these mixed martial arts come from Greek fighting techniques from the early days of Pankration.
Nevertheless, Greek martial art survives in some form when the newer martial arts adopt the techniques. A lot of people are trying to do Pankration as part of the Olympics again.