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From antiquity to present Pangration (Pagration, Pankration, Pancration) is considered to be one of the most demanding fighting systems ever. It is often recorded in ancient sources as a martial art. In antiquity Pangration was spectacular and popular and much more interesting than other sports because the pangratiasts practiced a combination of wrestling and boxing techniques which resulted in switching scenes and often falls. It was also considered a very dangerous sport since it could bring about the death of the athlete. It is documented in literary sources the example of Arracheion, a pangratiast from Peloponnese, who died during a match and was declared winner posthumously! The story goes that few minutes before he died he had broken the finger of his opponent, who signalled to the referee by raising his index finger to quit the game out of pain.

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