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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In his formative years Arvanitis trained in boxing, wrestling, muay thai, karate, and kosen judo. Throughout his training, he adopted a functional approach to martial arts by assimilating or discarding techniques based on combat effectiveness.

Arvanitis always emphasized physical fitness and set several world records through feats of strength. To ensure the applicability of his style in modern altercations, Arvanitis became an experienced competitor and street-fighter. While continuing his own personal training and experimentation in martial arts, Arvanitis also began disseminating his teachings to the public, including seminars for professional bodyguards, law enforcement personnel, military special forces, and Army Rangers.

Arvanitis has made available numerous well reviewed books and videos on pankration and martial arts. Following his recent publication, Pankration: 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 magazine.

I recently had the opportunity to interview the pankration grandmaster. Are there any techniques or concepts in your newest publication that you previously believed in, but now reject in light of your continued research into martial arts? I see my martial arts journey as a process of constant learning. So I remain confident in that which I have accumulated through the years though I am free to modify where necessary for optimum efficiency.

That is the beauty of a non-stylized mindset … there is no definitive set of maneuvers that must remain stagnant and unchanged due to the confining shackles imposed by tradition.

Have modern understandings in nutrition and kinesiology advanced your reconstruction of certain techniques beyond the level arvanitiis ancient pankration? Does this hold true for MMA fighters?

Its training methodology, diet, and techniques were appropriate for a different time. More essential was that I continually educate myself from arganitis contemporary sources to understand what could make me a better martial artist and athlete.

MMA coaches are following this same approach for arvanihis preparing their fighters for competition. They involve specialists in striking, wrestling and BJJ, nutrition, strength and conditioning, and strategic planning for this purpose in their training camps. What convinced you to add weight lifting to your calisthenics and isometric exercises in arvanutis your body for combat? Due to my relatively small frame as a teenager, I felt that arvznitis weight training into my workout routine would aid in making me stronger.


My later study in college of kinesiology and sports exercise gave me a better comprehension of arvvanitis human body and those muscle groups that were applicable in combat movements. This was vital for striking effectiveness, and very instrumental in the grappling pale and ground kato phase.

You have endorsed both researching your opponent before a fight and remaining adaptable to change. What kind of training schedule, as far intensity, activates, or exercises, do feel are most affective for modern MMA fighters the week before a competition? I might suggest light contact sparring, combat simulation drills with equipment, and analyzing films of an opponent in action to exploit particular strengths and weaknesses.

Too much hard sparring so close to a scheduled bout should be avoided. Going into a fight injured from training or having to withdraw altogether arvaanitis not good options. The MMA competitor should stick to the fight plan devised by his coaches. Deviation from this plan might work against him, but he must always remain open and pliable enough to take advantage of mistakes made by the opposing fighter during the course of a match.

What are your thoughts on training in other disciplines outside of martial arts to improve body movement? I have always emphasized fluidity arvantiis motion in combat from the outset.

From my study of boxing, I found that boxers that bob and weave and slip punches effectively were much more difficult to hit squarely or knock out. Elusive mobility is a core principle of my personal fighting philosophy. The Greeks incorporated the pyrrhic dance to help develop rhythm in combat, are there similar exercises you incorporate? Similar to the pyrrhic dances, I believe in implementing music including rock as well as that of modern-day Greece in many aspects of my training.

For instance, I listen to my favorite songs while I jump rope, run, and when hitting equipment.

I also shadow fight where I focus on developing my footwork and music plays an important role to promote my sense of rhythm. The ancients performed their combative maneuvers to the accompaniment of musical instruments, such as the lyre, to help them in this regard.

Are there any current Mixed Martial Artists that have caught your attention and why? There are several outstanding mixed martial artists currently competing.

I like those who bring the true spirit of respect and honor into the cage as opposed to ridiculous WWE antics. I also notice those who are well-conditioned with excellent cardio.


The Diaz brothers are good examples of MMA fighters who just keep going and going.

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They do a lot of running and triathlons which I also have participated in for several years. I feel activities like these help with maintaining proper energy levels. Many excel as either standup strikers or grapplers but there are but a handful that are truly well-rounded.

Even this McGregor fellow who receives so much PR for the UFC needs to improve his skill-set on the ground, especially if he draws a tough grappler such as Khabib Nurmagomedov. On the other side of the coin, fighting is never an exact science … sometimes all it takes is a fluke punch or a flash injury to end a contest. Have you had any interactions or conversations with Bruce Lee, or been influenced by his work?

When I first arrived in Los Angeles in to shoot the landmark cover story for Black Belt magazine, the editor wanted to arrange a meeting with Bruce Lee.

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He felt the similarities in thinking would make for an interesting discussion. Lee, however, was filming in Hong Kong at the time. Unfortunately, he died a few days later. Many tend to compare my concepts with his, but the fact is that our backgrounds are entirely different.

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Bruce emerged primarily from a classical wing chun background and branched out later in his ideology, whereas I came from Western combat sports where freedom of expression and movement were already ingrained in my cognitive and physiological makeup. I evolved my own personal art exclusively from my individual studies and experiences. I really had no preference as to striking or wrestling … I was equally passionate about both. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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