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First introduced into
the Olympic Games in 648 B.C. during the 33rd Olympiad, pankration
was considered the ultimate combat sport of ancient Greece.
However, it was more than just a sport. Called by Philostratos the
"Worthiest contest in the Olympiads and the most important
preparation for warriors", Pankration was the martial training of
the Greek armies and was taken to India with the legions of
Alexander the Great, where it became the accepted ancestor of the
oriental martial arts.
Today, Pankration is experiencing a worldwide re-birth, with an
increasing number of martial artists and athletes being drawn to
this ancient "King of Olympic Sports" as the ultimate combat sport
of modern times.