Pankration is a revived ancient Olympic form of martial arts. The word “pankration” comes from the name of martial art, first included in the competition of the ancient Olympic Games. Restored fighting is safer than its ancient predecessor. Fights in it are held with a time limit, with the use of lightweight, convenient and reliable protective devices, greatly reducing injuries. At the same time, the essence of the struggle remains unchanged. One of the first schools of Pankration appeared in the 60s of the 20th century in the USA due to the American of Greek origin Jim Arvanitis. The Arvanitis system was called “tau pankration”. The idea of pankration formed the basis of modern “fighting without rules.” This system is focused mainly on free-battle technique and is close to hand-to-hand combat systems. Andreas Mazarakis, Greece, and Vladimir Stepkin, First Vice-President, were elected President of the Unified World Pankration Federation. Currently, the World Sports Federation of Pankration includes 54 countries and its members are increasing every year.
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