Battlefield Pankration: The Book

Lethal Personal Combat For The Street

by Jim Arvanitis


260pages, 8.5" x 11"

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"Come and get it," the battlefield cry of the ancient Spartan warriors.

When Jim Arvanitis resurrected the ancient Greek martial art of pankration and updated it with the most effective concepts and techniques from other combative systems, he developed what many acknowledge to be one of world's first mixed martial arts (MMA). Now, Arvanitis has delved further into Greek martial history and revived the lost art of pammachon, or "battlefield pankration"—the military predecessor of pankration that takes the art out of the sporting arena and into the streets, where the objective is not competing to win a prize but fighting to save your life.

Battlefield Pankration: The Book is a complete course in the nasty business of hard-core "conflict resolution." The techniques require no athleticism to perform but are based purely on raw animal instinct. The instruction blends the brutal competitive training of the MMA arena with the intensity of reality-based scenario drills. Its goal is not to show you how to engage in an uncontrolled brawl but to teach you dozens of tactical means to end an altercation quickly.

Whether the fight is stand up or on the ground, whether your assailant is armed or unarmed, whether you are facing one or more opponents, Battlefield Pankration: The Book will show you how to handle all stages of a violent encounter with streetwise strategies, vicious techniques, and the warrior spirit of the ancient Spartans!
Jim Arvanitis is internationally renowned as the father of modern pankration. He has made it his life's work to rebuild the ancient Greek combat sport into a modern cross-training martial arts system. Grandmaster Arvanitis has been featured in all the top martial arts magazines, including Inside Kung-Fu, Official Karate and Black Belt.
1) Martial Arts and Self-Defense
- Traditional Martial Arts-A Reality Check
- Sport Fighting/MMA vs. Survival Mode
- The Reality of Combat ( ROC )
- Anatomy of a Street Conflict
- Legalities of Self-Defense
2) Way of the Warrior
- The Pammachon-Pankration Connection
- Wisdom of the Ancients
- The Warrior Ethos
- Core Components
3) Tactical Readiness and Combat Motion
- Assessment and Tactical Response
- Positioning
- Mobility
- Combat Ranges
4) Upper Body Weapons
- The Head
- The Teeth
- The Open Hand
- The Closed Fist
- The Elbow
5) Lower Body Weapons
- The Shod Foot
- The Knee
6) Striking Theory and Targets
- A Scientific Analysis of Hand Striking
- On Kicking
- Biomechanical Principles
- Striking Tool Training
- Vital Points of the Human Body
7) Stand-Up: Tactical Striking
- The Preemptive Strike
- Defensive Techniques against Strikes
- Simultaneous Defense and Attack
- Stop-Hits/Interceptions
- Pickoffs
8) Stand-Up: Grappling Techniques
- Holding and Hitting
- Uproots
- Follow-Ups to Uproots
- Disabling Holds
9) Stand-Up: Defense and Counters Against Grabs and Holds
10) Ground Fighting
- Street Ground Grappling Realities
- Avoiding the Ground
- Going to the Ground
- Ground Defense and Attacks
- Getting Up From the Ground
11) Edged Weapon Defense: Unarmed
- Basic Principles of Knife Defense
- Myths and Facts about Knife Attacks and Defense
- Targets to Protect
- Engaging the Blade
- Unarmed Defense against Knife Threats
- Unarmed Defense against Knife Attacks
12) Edged Weapons Defense: Armed
- Finding and Using Improvised Weapons
- Knife Defense with Dedicated Weapons
13) Firearms Defense
- Basic Principles of Firearms Defense
- Other Hazards of Gunfire
14) Neutralizing Impact Weapons
- Stick Defense