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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This became an essential part of his “battlefield” component. 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. Many who held focus gloves and Thai pads for him to hit claim that the impact of his punches and kicks dislocated their shoulders.

To ensure the applicability of his style in modern altercations, Arvanitis became an experienced competitor and street-fighter. He also gives seminars across the country. Athletics played an important role in the family. Low to High Price: Provide feedback about this page. Learn more at Author Central. Through the absorption of all arvabitis techniques, Arvanitis became a one-of-a-kind fighter.

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

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His students include boxers, wrestlers, martial artists from various styles, professional bodyguards and stuntmen, law enforcement personnel, and military special forces. With this philosophy in mind and the fact that mixed fighting was not yet popular, his following was always small but constant. No one at school seemed to know much about the sport when Arvanitis asked, so he decided to research it himself. 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.

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He has snapped heavy-duty chains that him heavy bags with his kicks, and few have been able to pull a glove away to avoid the resounding impact of his lightning-fast hand strikes. For instance, I listen to my favorite songs while I jump rope, run, and when hitting equipment. Languages Dansk Norsk Norsk nynorsk Edit links. Bones creaked, and knuckles buckled and cracked.

Writing books is his new passion, he said. Does this hold true for MMA fighters? Arvanitis’s system was geared to reality-based street fighting but was very similar to today’s MMA in afvanitis it included arvvanitis and ground tactics, along with an amalgam of strikes, joint locks, takedowns, throws, and anything else that he felt was effective.

Shaking the hand of Jim Arvanitis set off an mim in my right hand. Jim also did one-arm pushups on two fingers and thumb pushups with his arms extended in front of him. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In Jim was nominated by his former home state of New Hampshire arvwnitis its “Athlete of the Century”, and in was given “Living Arvnitis status by his fellow grandmasters in the World Head of Family Sokeship Council.

It emphasized newaza techniques submissions as well as throws. There are countless stories of opportunities that arose from his newfound fame that he recounted to me, but I have only so much space, and therefore have chosen a select few. Highly respected for his athleticism and Spartan-like discipine, Arvanitis trains constantly, running several miles each day, lifting weights, and developing his skill-set using various equipment and sparring.

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Jim also demonstrated up to seventeen consecutive one-arm thumb pushups on television talk shows throughout the s. I like those who bring the true spirit of respect and honor into the cage as opposed to ridiculous WWE antics.

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From the ancient pankration, he carefully analyzed the descriptions of Greece’s early writers, and the paintings and sculptures of its most influential artists. By Arvanitis knew he was onto something. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. August Learn how and when to remove this template message.


Pankration was based off an earlier form of fighting used by the Greeks in battle. I have always emphasized fluidity of motion in combat from the outset.

Jim Arvanitis Part 1: The First Mixed Martial Artist

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? About the same time he trained in kosen judo in Boston to enhance his ground skills.

Long before the three words “mixed martial arts” were used in that sequence, Jim had created an advanced MMA form with the most effective grappling and striking, combined in a seamless flow that could work proactively or reactively.

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. He found these more to his liking and much more pragmatic than the rigid horse stances and prearranged forms of karate and kung-fu.

Other accomplishments include two-finger pushups on one arm, doing thumb pushups with his jimm extended in front of his head, holding a static pushup position on his thumbs for several minutes, and doing his thumb pushups with his feet elevated on a chair. What kind of training schedule, as arvantiis intensity, activates, or exercises, do feel are most affective for modern MMA fighters the week before a competition?

Jim sparred all kinds of opponents, from boxers, kickboxers, and karate black belts to wrestlers. Arvanitis said the Greek key, an kim circle of right-angled spirals symbolizing infinity, represents his goals in life: Are there any current Mixed Martial Artists that have caught your attention and why?