Competitive Laws

(enagonioi nomoi)






           1. AGON PANGRATION

          2. THE RING (PALAISTRA)


          4. TERMINOLOGY

          5. DURATION OF MATCH

          6. SCORE POINTS



          9.  KNOCK DOWN and KNOCK OUT positions


          11. OATHS




The competition is defined by the engagement of two pangratiasts who exchange blows by using their hands, elbows, knees and feet. The striking techniques applied are full contact. Holds of the opponent’s body or clothing, throws, chokes and submission techniques are permitted according to the Regulations herein.

The ring is called the palaistra. It is blue in color, circular with a 10 meter diameter. A band one meter thick, painted white, highlights the outer edge of the ring. In the centre of the palaistra there is a white circle with a radius of 3 meters. In regional championships the ring (palaistra) may have a different shape.


Pangratiasts enter clean, with nails cut and with hair tied back, if it is long. The outfit shall be clean and dry. They do not wear any kind of jewelry.For LEFKOS (the one on the white side) the outfit is white shorts and for KYANOUS (the one on the blue side) the outfit is blue shorts with a white strip along the edges. The pangratiasts wear an athletic cup under the trousers, open type gloves for being able to also grab the opponent (at least 6 oz), shin protectors and a helmet. Female pangratiasts shall wear, rashguard, a chest protection. All pangratiasts with orthodontic braces must wear a mouth guard. All other protective gear is permitted only in the case of health problems with the consent of the doctor, so no pangratiast will have an advantage over his competitor. It is allowed to wear on the front right side of the shorts a circular sign of their rank. Whoever has the rank of Pangratiast and above wears a corresponding parallelogram sign on the front left side of the shorts. Only the members of the national teams are allowed to bring the flag of their country on their shoulders.

The matchcommittee can exclude anyone who does not comply with the above rules.


                                                          4. TERMINOLOGY

A. Content of Pangration.
During the match strikes, throws, submission techniques and other aggressive and defensive movements are allowed in certain positions of the pangratiasts.
B. Positions of the Pangratiasts.
a. "Upright" position - the pangratiast touches the palaistra only by standing on his feet. All technical actions that start from the "Upright" position and lead to the departure from the surface of the palaistra (jump or grip of the opponent) are equal to the "Upright" position.
b. "Kato pangration" position - in this position the pangratiast touches the palaistra with any part of the body except the legs.
c. "Engagement in an upright position" - both pangratiasts are in the "Upright" position.
d. "Engagement kato pangration" - one or both pangratiasts is in the "kato pangration" position (down on the palaistra).
e. "Off the palaistra" position is considered when:
- in the "Upright" position one of the athletes with his foot stepped out of the palaistra
- in the "Kato pangration" position, one or both athletes are found outside the  palaistra.
C. Striking Techniques.
a. The strikes are an impulsive, explosive, straight or curved, reciprocating movement that are carried out with the arms and legs to the allowed parts of the human body by the Regulations.
b. Strikes are performed with any part of the fist (except the base of the inner palm) on the body of the opponent.
c. Strikes with the legs are performed with the knee, shin, the tip, heel to the face, side of the head, the torso, legs (inside and outside of the thigh).
d. Striking with legs and arms from the "kato pangration" position is allowed only if the attacker is also in the "kato pangration" position. The strikes are performed and scored if the attacking pangratiast changes his position after each strike.
D. Throws.
a. A throw is a movement of the pangratiast which results in the opponent losing his balance and falls, touching the surface of the palaistra with any part of his body other than his feet (hips, side, back, abdomen), that is, he takes the position "kato pangration".
b. A throw is considered executed:
- if the attacking pangratiast (from start to finish) maintains his "Upright" position,
- when the opponent falls, if during the throwing process he takes one of the "kato pangration" positions but at the same time takes a dominant position, or leys on the opponent to keep his balance.
c. Loss of balance - sweep – the dropping of the opponent without falling when the opponent's hand or knee touches the mat (with 3rd point of contact).
d. Anti technique throw, in which the defending pangratiast takes the initiative from the attacking pangratiast and throws him down, changing the nature or direction of the attacker's fall.
e. Any spinning (exchanging of dominant position) during the match in the "kato pangration" position, as well as changing the dominant position, performed by the pangratiast in the "kato pangration" position, is not scored.
E. Submission techniques (joint target).
a. Submission technique (joints target) is the grasp of the opponent's hand or foot in the "kato pangration" position and which forces the opponent to admit defeat as a result of the pain effect.
b. A submission technique must be interrupted if the pangratists were found outside of the palaistra.
c. A submission technique is considered to be successful when the pangratiast who receives the attack gives a signal of defeat by his voice or by tapping the opponent's body or by tapping the palaistra with his hand or foot.
F. Choking techniques.
a. Choking techniques are performed by compressing the carotid artery and throat of the opponent, resulting in the opponent to surrender.
b. It is forbidden to choke with bare hands or fingers.
c. A Choke technique is considered to be successful when the pangratiast who receives the attack gives a signal of defeat by his voice or by tapping the opponent's body or by tapping the palaistra with his hand or foot.  In this case, the Hellanodikis palaistra gives the command "PAFSASTHE" (stop) and, if necessary, invites the doctor.
G. Prohibited movements and technical actions.
a. During the engagement there are prohibited movements and technical actions:
- violation of discipline, rude unethical behavior towards the opponent, participants, Hellanodikes or spectators.
- doping or usage of alcohol.
b. During the engagement the following striking techniques are prohibited:
- striking the joints of the arms and legs (elbow, knee, leg) in a direction contrary to the natural movement of the joint,
- striking the eyes, throat, neck, spine, groin,
- attacking the opponent down on the ground with kicks from the “upright” position,
- striking the opponent down on the ground with hands to the face,
- pushing and jerking the eyes, nose, mouth, ears,
- striking with the head, fingers, open gloves and with the base of the inner palm,
- strikes with the elbow on the vertical plane (upwards or downwards)
c. Prohibited throws:
- when a pangratiast who is attacked with a straight armbar changes his position to "Upright" and pulls the body (shoulders) of the attacker from the palaistra
- when the opponent is undergoing a painful lock
- deliberate throws of the opponent to the head in a vertical plane,
- throw with head-neck lock only without any grasping of a hand.
d. During the engagement the following locks are forbidden:
- the spine, the wrists and neck,
- twisting of the knee and foot,
e. During the engagement the following chokes are forbidden:
- with a sharp pull
- with the fingers of the hands
- by closing the mouth and nose of the opponent with the hands, preventing breathing,
- the guillotine technique where it is penalized with 1 point.
f. During the engagement, due to the risk of injury, it is also prohibited:
- turning the back or neck to the opponent in the "Upright" position,
- continuation of the engagement after the finishing bell or the "PAFSASTHE " (stop) command of the Hellanodikis,
- using as support the face of the opponent with the arms, legs or head,
- compressing the head of the opponent or pressing his head on the palaistra,
- gripping of the fingers or toes of the opponent,
- scratching, stinging, biting, spitting,
- penetration of the fingers into the physical holes of the opponent's body,
- grip of the groin and hair of the opponent,
- any other action involving a risk of injury.
g. As an obstacle to the active conduct of the match is considered:
- exit beyond the boundaries of the palaistra,
- executing a grip on the opponent with no technical sequence,
- permanent retreat, without the effort of attack or counterattack,
- delay in the breaks of the match,
- obvious pushing and removal of the opponent outside the limits of the palaistra,
- the deliberate transition to “kato pangration” with no apparent technique.
h. Violation of moral conduct are:
- simulation of an injury or its severity for cheating the judges,
- an attempt by the spokesperson or team to influence the decision of the judges,
- loss of self-control, abrupt, non-moral behavior towards the opponent, participants, Hellanodikis, or spectators,
- deliberate attempt to injure the opponent.
i. Violation of discipline are:
- no show in the match,
- delay in appearance in the palaistra,
- appearance in the palaistra without being prepared,
- speeches in the palaistra,
- leaving the palaistra without the permission of the Hellanodiki, including the need for medical assistance,
- coaching, accompanied by unethical behavior of the spokesman, coach, assistant or other team members, located near the palaistra.
j. In the cases referred in the above paragraphs (b) and (i) where there is no injury of the opponent, the  pangratiast shall be punished:
- for the first time - warning,,
- for the second time - second warning,,
- for the third time - third warning,,
- for the fourth time - fourth warning, and exclusion.
Except in the case of exit where the punishment is:
- for the first time - warning,,
- for the second time - two-point warning,,
- for the third time – warning and exclusion.
k. In the cases referred in the above paragraphs (b) and (i), the athlete who committed the offense may immediately be punished to warning, or exclusion for the particular match or until the end of the matches by decision of the President of the Hellanodiki
A. The match lasts 1 round. The duration of the match is as follows:
a) YOUNG WOMEN (female) (18-20): 4 minutes of clear time,
b) AGENEIOI  (male) (18-20): 5 minutes of clear time,
c) GYNAIKES (female) (21+): 4 minutes clear time,
d) ANDRES (male) (21+): 5 minutes of clear time.
B. If there is no winner in the match (a "tie" is recorded), after a one minute break the match is extended for one minute of clear time (extra round).
C. During the match, the pangratiasts shall not be allowed to leave the palaistra without the permission of the Hellanodikis. If this is deemed necessary by the Hellanodikis, the pangratiast may come out of the palaistra to arrange his outfit.
D. In order to provide medical assistance due to an injury suffered by the pangratiast, he is given time, which does not exceed 2 minutes per match. Medical assistance is provided directly to the border of the palaistra. At the same time, the timerkeeper announces the end of each minute of the break. If after two minutes the pangratiast cannot continue the fight, he is deemed as loser, while his opponent wins a clean win.


A. The decision on the outcome of the match is taken by the Hellanodikis palaIstra, based on the notes of the Hellanodikis periphereias after the completion of the match.
B. The result of the match may be the victory of one pangratiast and defeat of the other, it may also be the defeat of both pangratiasts (mutual disqualification for violation of this regulations or injury of both pangratiasts).
C. At the same time, the winner can be announced:
- clear victory,
- victory by points,
- victory, by the opinion of the judges.
D. The pangratiast wins a clear victory if:
Δ.a. – he knocked out the opponent,
D.b. – he executed a successful choke or submission lock,
D.c. – he achieved a second knockdown - "technical knockout"
D.d. – Achieved a clear advantage over his opponent (ten or more points difference),
D.e. - the opponent is unable to continue the fight (removed under the doctor's instructions and has exceeded the time [2 minutes] for medical assistance or the pangratiast has exceeded the time [1 minute] to arrange his equipment).
D.f. - disqualification, the opponent is eliminated from the competition for violating the Rules or from lack of technical preparation,
D.g. - his opponent or opponent’s coach refuses to continue the match,
D.h. - no appearance of the opponent on the palaistra.
With a clear victory the winner gets 5 ranking points, the loser 0 points ranking.
E. Victory by points is awarded when the difference between the points scored by the pangratiasts during the match is from 1 to 9 points according to the judges' notes.
In this case the winner gets 4 ranking points. The loser gets 1 ranking point, if he has any technical points at the end of the match or 0 when he does not.
F. Victory, by the opinion of the judges, is awarded to the competitor, when the opponents have a tie in the points at the end of the match and extra round. The decision to award the victory by the opinion of the judges after the end of the match and extra round is taken according to the following criteria:
F.a. - the existence of warnings,
F.b. - the existence of a 3 technical points,
F.c. - the existence of a 2 technical points,
F.d. - the existence of a one technical point,
F.e. - prominent action,
F.f. - the first to perform the effective attack,
In this case the winning decision is taken according to the highest criteria (the existence of warnings), and if that does not exist - according to the following criterias etc.
In this case the winner is awarded with 3 ranking points, the defeated 2 ranking points.
G. Defeat of both pangratiasts is announced when both are disqualified from the competition or competitions in general for the serious violation of the Regulations (prohibited submission techniques and technical actions.
H. When both athletes are simultaneously expelled from the competition or from the competitions generally due to injury and neither of them has been found guilty of violating the Rules, the result of the match is determined by the points scored.
I. In the event of a pangratiast being excluded from a match, according to the doctor's opinion immediately before the start of the match or due to a delay of more than 2 minutes (non-appearance), the victory is awarded to his opponent. In such cases, the pangratiast is disqualified from the competitions.


A. A pangratiast gets disqualified from the match by decision of the Hellanodikis palaistras, while his opponent wins victory,
A.a. - in the second attempt of execution of a forbidden submission technique,
A.b. - if the pangratiast was unable to recover within 2 minutes of medical assistance,
Α.c. - when the pangratiast is punished with a fourth observation of violation of the Rules,
A.d. – a pangratiast is disqualified by the decision of the Hellanodikis palaistras if, in the opinion of the doctor, he cannot continue to fight because of illness or because of an injury suffered during the match.
B. A pagratiast gets ejected by the decision of the Hellanodikis palaistras due to:
Β.a. – a no show in the palaistra during the 2 minutes after the first call,
B.b. – a degrading and unethical behavior towards his opponent, participants, judges and spectators and refusal to shake the opponent's hand,
B.c. – an execution of a forbidden submission technique, which results in injuring the opponent and in which the doctor's opinion is that he cannot continue to participate in the competition,
B.d. - deceiving judges, providing false information and so on.
C. Ejection from the matches means that the pangratiast will not be ranked in the competition, his results are not counted for the determination of his athletic ranking and for the determination of the results of his team.



A. The technical actions of the pangratiast is scored by the Hellanodikes periphereias.
The technical actions that did not lead to a "clean" victory of one of the opponents can be scored with 1, 2 or 3 victory points.
B. A point is given for:
Β.a. - accurate concentrated strike with the hand to the head in the "Upright" position,
B.b. - accurate, concentrated strike with the hand to body at the "kato pangration" position with the alteration of the offensive pangratiast’s position after each strike,
B.c. – strike with the foot shin to the opponent’s thigh, both internally and externally,
B.d. – strike with the knee to the body in the "kato pangration" position,
B.e. – striking with the elbow to the body,
B.f. - sweep,
B.g. - throw from the "upright" position without raising the legs of the opponent from the palaistra while the opponent falls on his back, side, chest, abdomen, buttocks, waist or shoulder,
B.h. - second warning addressed to the opponent.
C. Two points are given for:
C.a. - accurate strike with the foot or the knee to the body in the "Upright" position,
C.b. - throwing the opponent with a lift from the palaistra, with a small range of lifting movement, the opponent falls on his back, chest, abdomen, buttocks, waist or shoulder,
C.c. - third warning addressed to the opponent.
D. Three points are given for:
D.a. – roundhouse strike with the foot to the head in the "Upright" position.
D.b. - throwing an opponent with a lift from the palaistra at shoulder height, the opponent falls on his back, chest, abdomen, buttocks, waist or shoulder
D.c. - knockdown.
E. Additional time scoring.
  When determining the "extra round" in the match to determine the winner, the calculation of the winning points, observations and warnings starts from the beginning.



9. KNOCK DOWN and KNOCK OUT positions
A. KNOCK DOWN is a situation in which the pangratiast who is under attack, from strikes or various techniques, is in a situation of temporary loss of orientation (no resistance, lack of defense, abnormal behavior), this gives the right to the Hellanodikis palaistras to stop the match and then say the word "one" starting the counting.
It is counted when the pangratiast who received the attack after the start of the count and up to "eight" recovered, in the Hellanodiki’s palaistras opinion, and is ready to continue the match. Otherwise, the competition doctor is notified and the opponent is announced winner. The match will not continue until the Hellanodikis palaistras reaches the count at eight, even if the pangratiast is ready to continue the match before the end of the count.
B. KNOCK OUT is when the pangratiast has a complete loss of the ability to defend himself because of a strike performed and the pangratiast cannot fully recover at the end of the count to "10" and continue the match. If a pangratiast is in a knock out state, only the competition doctor and the Hellanodikis palaistras can stay on the palaistra until the doctor needs some extra help.
C. In the case of a KNOCK DOWN, the Hellanodikis palaistras will immediately begin the count. The count should start from the thumb, straightening the fingers one after the other at intervals of seconds, pronouncing the numbers. When the count reaches "five" and "ten", the palm should be open and directed to the competitor. The hand, upon counting starts the movement from the shoulder to observe the interval of seconds. If a pangratiast falls, the count is done in the seated position so that the right knee is 10 centimeters away from palaistra. When a pangratiast who has been KNOCKED DOWN  rises, the Hellanodikis palaistras slowly stands up with him, continuing the count. From the pangratiast’s “fall” to the palaistra to the count "one" there must be a one second time difference. If the opponent of the pangratiast who is KNOCKED OUT  has not returned to his original position at the Hellanodikis palaistras command, the Hellanodikis palaistras must stop the count. After the opponent returns to his / her position, the count continues from the point where it was interrupted.
As the pangratiast is in the KNOCK DOWN state, the Hellanodikis palaistras will count strongly from one to ten with intervals of one second between the numbers, indicating by hand the end of each second so that the pangratiast who is in the KNOCK DOWN state can monitor the count.
D. During a match, up to two KNOCK DOWNS are allowed.
E. The KNOCK DOWNS mentioned do not take into account KNOCK DOWNS that appear from any wrong technical actions or violation of the Rules.
F. KNOCK OUT and KNOCK DOWN are the consequence of the application of the strikes and fight techniques, with the result that the pangratiast may suffer damage of the brain, or internal organs bruising, limbs, pain, and so on. Consequently, the assistant of the pangratiast must accompany him to the doctor, who must examine him, provide the necessary medical assistance and, together with the Head Hellanodikis of the competition, conclude on the possibility of further participation of the pangratiast in the races.
G. The competition physician must report the KNOCK OUT event to the pangratiast’s local athletic medical clinic and make a corresponding entry in his / her medical booklet.
H. When a pangratiast has been KNOCKED OUT, he cannot participate in competitions for at least 3 months. If the pangratiast has been KNOCKED OUT twice in six months, he is not allowed to participate in sompetitions for six months from the second KNOCK OUT. If the pangratiast has been KNOCKED OUT three times during the year, he is not allowed to participate in competitions for one year from the date of the third KNOCK OUT.
I. After completing the rehabilitation period after a KNOCK OUT, the pangratiast must obtain permission to participate in the competitions by the qualified physician at his medical sports clinic. If possible, a specific ECG examination and, if necessary, brain CT scan should be performed. The results of the examinations and permission to participate in the competitions must be recorded in the pangratiast’s medical record.
J. All the above being pointing out of the Regulation applies also to KNOCK OUTS suffered by the pangratiast during training. In this case, the pangratist’s coach is responsible for complying with the above. In any event, the pangratiasts may participate in specific training after at least three months that have elapsed since the date of the KNOCK OUT.




CADETS MALE (12-14) :   -34, -37, -41, -45, -50, -55, -60, -66, 66+

CADETS FEMALE (12-14):-32, -36, -40, -44, -48, -52, -57, -63, 63+

JUNIORS MALE  (15-17): -46, -50, -55, -60, -66, -73, -81, 81+

JUNIORS FEMALE  (15-17):-44, -48, -52, -57, -63, -70, 70+

MEN (18-20): -56, -62, -69, -77, -85, -95, 95+

 WOMEN(18-20):-48, -52, -57, -63, -70, -78, 78+

MEN (21+):-56, -62, -69, -77, -85, -95, -105, 105+

WOMEN (21+):-48, -52, -57, -63, -70, -78, 78+                  


 11.  OATHS










………………………………………………………………………………… COMPETITION


…………………………………………………………………………… 2018


Weight category ____ k.          Round _____


LEFKOS                        KYANOUS


Participants’ Name


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0 1 2   PENALTY 0 1 2  


WINNER                 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

TYPE OF VICTORY*            ……………………………………………………………………………

Hellanodikis Perifereias    ……………………………………………………………………………

(name and sinature)

Victory by opinion of the hellanodikis Perifereias: In case of draw even after the extra round (Agon Klimakos) victory is considered taking in accordance the following criteria with priority (the existence of warnings) etc.:
 - the existence of warnings,. - the existence of a 3 technical points, - the existence of a 2 technical points, - the existence of a one technical point, - prominent action,. - the first to perform the effective attack,


 For the preparation of this Regulation, the applicable International Regulations have been taken into account.


THE PRESIDENT                                                                       THE GEN. SECRETARY

ANDR. MAZARAKIS                                                                   PAN. KANELLOPOULOS


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