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The only confirmed death is Arrhichion of Phigalia who died whilst winning his 3rd championship. It is difficult to ascertain directly the number of deaths as the historical record simply doesn't (as far as I can see) exist. That said, we can draw parallels to similar events in more recent history and infer from those how likely death would be in pankration. ...


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http://ancientolympics.arts.kuleuven.be/eng/TC007cEN.html claims of Pankration: everything was permitted except biting, gouging (stabbing with your finger in your opponent's eye, nose or mouth) and attacking the genitals. If that's accurate, then you couldn't compete in the UFC and use the full set of pankration techniques. There are other questions ...


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There could be a number of reasons for this: Source confusion - The Greeks did also contest wrestling (to a fall) as a separate sport in the same way they did boxing. It may be that the number of depictions of pankration are therefore lower than expected with some being depictions of wrestling and therefore not showing strangles (for example, if we had 10 ...


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No Boxing rules require striking with the knuckles, which will render illegal both hammerfists and backfists. More specifically, from the USA Boxing National Rule Book, and their list of boxing fouls (emphasis mine): Hitting with open glove, the inside of the glove, wrist or side of the hand Of course, if you go back far enough, I'm sure there have been ...


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Been training MMA, boxing, Muay Thai for a couple years. I feel like leaning is an extension of hip flexibility, power and (for lack of a better word) snappiness. Great dodge is a combination of: head movement, footwork and the hip lean that you seem to be describing. I think that it all comes together. Moving your head out of the way seems like a head ...


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Basically, yes: Pankration was a sporting event introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and was an empty-hand submission sport with scarcely any rules. The athletes used boxing and wrestling techniques, but also others, such as kicking and holds, joint-locks and chokes on the ground making it similar to modern MMA. [wiki] Just that they'd be ...


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