Kevin: In my new movie Here Comes the Boom, I play a teacher who decides to raise money for his school by competing in mixed martial arts fights. Yeah, you heard right!
Now, the history of mixed martial arts, or hand-to-hand fighting, dates back thousands of years.
So your question is: Where did the sport of hand-to-hand fighting originate?
Take ten seconds.
The answer is “B,” Greece – actually ancient Greece. It was an Olympic event back then.
Now, over to Channel One for the lowdown.
Maggie: From punching to kicking to takedowns, they are all part of mixed martial arts.
We can actually trace forms of this hand-to-hand combat back to the Greek Olympic games of 648 B.C.E. The sport was called Pankration, a combination of wrestling and boxing.
It didn’t have too many rules, no biting and no gouging out your opponent’s eyes. Everything else, fair game!
- What is pankration?