Costa Rojas pic with Maurice Smith doing some Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA sparring for Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver
Costa taught Muay Thai Kickboxing tonight, which is not his usual for Thursday night. To commemorate this is a pic I found of him and UFC and Kickboxing World champion, Maurice Smith. They also did some grappling and submission wrestling. 🙂 It was a real pleasure and honour to have an old friend, tremendous kickboxing champion, UFC mma champion and all round mixed martial arts pioneer and legend drop by and train with some of the students. Maurice did some kickboxing and some submission grappling rounds with Costa and Emilio. It was a real treat.
Here is some information on our Pankration/MMA program for Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver:
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 throught 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, throuws and striking techniques can be seen on ther pottery, statues and drawings of those times. The ancient Oympic games were intertwined with many ceremonies and connections to the worship of gods that were pagan to the rising christian poplulation. Because of this association and the rise of christianity the games eventually came to a halt and along with it Pankration competition desappeared 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.