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The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece


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Table of Contents


Chapter 1.
The Birth of Pammachon

Chapter 2.
From Combat to Competition: Pammachon to Pankration

Chapter 3.
Analysis of the Techniques of Pankration

Chapter 4.
The Inner Path


Appendix: Ancient Greek Pammachon and the Roots of Zen



About the Author

Kostas Dervenis is a martial arts instructor in jujutsu, pammachon, and t'ai chi chuan. He has written four books on the martial arts and martial traditions, including Nei Kung and The Magus of Java under the pen name Kosta Danaos. Nektarios Lykiardopoulos has a degree in physical therapy and is certified as an instructor in a number of martial arts practices. He began study-ing martial arts and combat sports in 1983 and has been a member of the Technical Committee of the Hellenic Pankration Federation since 1999. Both authors live in Athens, Greece.


"Straightforward and insightful, a refreshingly commonsense approach to the truths hidden within both history and mythology. This is an in-depth piece of research revealing a timeless wisdom and the universality of personal experience. A must-read for all those interested in the roots of our martial and spiritual traditions." * William Gleason, 6th dan, director of Shobu Aikido in Boston, and author of The Spiritual Foundation *
" . . . [The authors'] purpose for this volume . . . is an exploration of ancient combat systems for the sake of helping solve modern global problems. . . . an extremely enlightening book" * Daniele Bolelli, M.A., Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 17, No. 2 *
"Any in-depth collection strong in martial arts history needs The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece: a survey of early hand-to-hand combat and a comparison to how they are practiced today." * The Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review, Jan 08 *
"Only a couple of decades ago, if one spoke about martial arts, it went without saying that they were referring to Asian combat systems. . . . While it is true that most martial systems in existence today are of Eastern origins, increasingly more information is emerging about the martial traditions of the west. . . . an extremely enlightening book. * Daniele Bolelli, M.A., Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2008 *
"[Dervenis and Lykiardopoulos] do a creditable job of linking the Olympic sport that many warriors know and love now with the hand-to-hand combat training and applications depicted by works of ancient Greek art." * Tim Thompson, Journal of Martial Arts and Healing, Summer 2008 *
"Using archeological finds, architectural friezes and decorative motifs of ancient Greece, the authors have demonstrated the actual methods of grappling and close combat they demonstrate and how they are practiced today. Photos illustrate each step as well as the history and theory being presented." * Institute of Hermetic Studies, May 2008 *
"The conclusions reached by the authors about the evolution and similarities of ancient combat are balanced and well sourced." * Michael Rosenbaum, author of Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Traditional Martial Arts, *

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