The hike again

Hi everybody I know I have disappaered from my blog for a long time but I am back and hope to give this thing a good go.

First bit of news it has been brought to my attention that there is a walking track the travels the length of the country and at the end of this year I intend to walk it top to bottom using as many maori methods as possible. Which means if i can make it I will use it, stone tools, flax clothing the works. This will take around 6 months and is around 3000kms.

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The Auckland movement jam highlights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELp2jTIXYXU

hey this was an event I got to be part of after my training in Wellington

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Final installment for the Parkour, Wellington section

Hey my name is Jory and I hitch hike the country learning new things as I go. It took a lot of blood ,sweat and tears and most of my brain power but this episode is finally out in the open. Please enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVu8WOt0_Yw

Pakour! With training tips and challenges

As week four comes to a close I find myself trying to work out how to retain and improve the knowledge I have gained. Asking each instructor I was given four separate movements to focus on. In the hope that this weekend at the big parkour gathering in Auckland I will be able to keep up with everyone else.

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Pankration

pankrationAncient Pankration

The word Pankration is a Greek word which translated means “all powers” or “all powerful”, both are acceptable translations by Greek scholars. Pankration was a sporting event in the ancient Greek Olympic games that was first introduced in the games of 648 BC. The rules of the sport were simple, no biting or eye gouging and victory was secured through knockout, submission or death. The historical records of the early pankration are shrouded and mixed with Greek mythology and it is not known whether these accounts of championship bouts and feats of strength of the champions were myth or actual accounts. What is known is that just like the boxers and wrestlers of the Olympic games the Pankration competitors refined their skills for many generations through hundreds of years and became extremely proficient at all elements of their sport including ground fighting and submission holds to standing fighting with all types of strikes. Many of the holds, throws and striking techniques can be seen on the pottery, statues and drawings of those times. The ancient Olympic games were intertwined with many ceremonies and connections to the worship of gods that were pagan to the rising christian population. Because of this association and the rise of christianity the games eventually came to a halt and along with it Pankration competition disappeared for many centuries.

The Olympic games were eventually adopted and reborn throughout the world alternating the competition in a new country every 4 years, however, Pankration competition was not included. It is only because of the sparse historical records and the special interests of a few individuals that Pankration is having a rebirth in this generation.

Modern Day Pankration

The current wave of “no holds barred” and pay per view fighting events has brought with it a curiosity and interest to it’s ancient predecessor Pankration. Just as the boxing venue grew and evolved from ancient Greece to Madison square garden and the rest of the world, the skills, techniques, training methods, rules, attire and safety measures have also evolved. For the most part this evolution has been beneficial to the sport and it’s participants. Now after centuries ancient Greek Pankration is getting the opportunity to become Modern Pankrationin the same way as it’s brother boxing did.

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