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    DescriptionAn in-depth guide to the modern practice of Greek martial arts and their beginnings in ancient Greece and Egypt - Examines the correlation between ancient depictions of one-on-one combat and how martial arts are practiced today - Explores the close relationship between Greek martial arts and spiritual practice - Distinguishes between Pammachon (martial arts) and Pankration (combat sports) The ancient friezes and decorative motifs of ancient Greece contain abundant scenes of combat, one-on-one and hand-to-hand. In "The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece," the authors offer close inspection of these depictions to reveal that they exactly correlate to the grappling and combat arts as they are practiced today. They also show that these artifacts document the historical course of the development of both the weaponry of the warrior classes and the martial responses those weapons required when fighting hand-to-hand. The depiction of each ancient technique is accompanied by sequenced step-by-step photos of modern practitioners performing the various stances of one-on-one combat. In addition, the authors explain how the development of Hellenic combat arts was tied at its heart to a spiritual practice. The centeredness, clear mind, and consequent courage that develops from a spiritual practice was considered a martial strength for a warrior, enabling him to be at his best, unobstructed inwardly by conflict or inertia. "The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece" provides a practical and comprehensive approach to the techniques and philosophy of the martial arts of the ancient Mediterranean that will be welcomed by modern fighters.


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    Title
    The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece
    Subtitle
    Modern Fighting Techniques from the Age of Alexander
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kostas Dervenis, By (author) Nektarios Lykiardopoulos
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 700 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594771927
    ISBN 10: 1594771928
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.9
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    BIC subject category V2: WST
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, SOC021000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24470
    BISAC V2.8: SPO027000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 796.81/0938
    LC classification: GV1193 .D47 2007
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 796.810938
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 796.80938
    Thema V1.0: SR
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    Us.
    Illustrations note
    illustrations throughout
    Publisher
    Inner Traditions Bear and Company
    Imprint name
    Destiny Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    30 November 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Rochester, VT
    Author Information
    Kostas Dervenis is a martial arts instructor in jujutsu, pammachon, and t'ai chi chuan. He has written four books on the martial arts and martial traditions, including "Nei Kung" and "The Magus of Java" under the pen name Kosta Danaos. Nektarios Lykiardopoulos has a degree in physical therapy and is certified as an instructor in a number of martial arts practices. He began study-ing martial arts and combat sports in 1983 and has been a member of the Technical Committee of the Hellenic Pankration Federation since 1999. Both authors live in Athens, Greece.
    Review quote
    "Straightforward and insightful, a refreshingly commonsense approach to the truths hidden within both history and mythology. This is an in-depth piece of research revealing a timeless wisdom and the universality of personal experience. A must-read for all those interested in the roots of our martial and spiritual traditions."
    Back cover copy
    MARTIAL ARTS "Straightforward and insightful, a refreshingly commonsense approach to the truths hidden within both history and mythology. This is an in-depth piece of research revealing a timeless wisdom and the universality of personal experience. A must-read for all those interested in the roots of our martial and spiritual traditions." --William Gleason, 6th dan, director of Shobu Aikido in Boston, and author of The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido The architectural friezes and decorative motifs of ancient Greece contain abundant scenes of combat, one-on-one and hand-to-hand. In The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece, the authors offer close inspection of these depictions to reveal that they correlate closely to the grappling and combat arts as they are practiced today. They also show that these artifacts document the historical course of the development of both the weaponry of the warrior classes and the martial responses those weapons required with hand-to-hand fighting. The depiction of each ancient technique is accompanied by sequenced step-by-step photos of modern practitioners performing the various stances of one-on-one combat. In addition, the authors explain how the development of Hellenic combat arts was tied at its heart to a spiritual practice. The centeredness, clear mind, and consequent courage that develop from a spiritual practice were considered martial strengths for a warrior, enabling him to be at his best, unobstructed inwardly by conflict or inertia. The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece provides a practical and comprehensive approach to the techniques and philosophy of the martial arts of the ancient Mediterranean that will be welcomed by modern fighters. KOSTAS DERVENIS is a martial arts instructor in jujutsu, pammachon, and t'ai chi chuan. He has written four books on the martial arts and martial traditions, including Nei Kung and The Magus of Java under the pen name Kosta Danaos. NEKTARIOS LYKIARDOPOULOS has a degree in physical therapy and is certified as an instructor in a number of martial arts practices. He began studying martial arts and combat sports in 1983 and has been a member of the Technical Committee of the Hellenic Pankration Federation since 1999. Both authors live in Athens, Greece.