n Akroterion - Understanding ancient combatives : the "heel manoeuvre" in Philostratus' 14.4 - 15.3.

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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In spite of the fact that this "heel manoeuvre" enabled an undersized pankratiast to go undefeated in competition, no one seems to know exactly how the technique was executed. Although Gardiner was of the opinion that the "heel-trick" was a well known jujutsu foot lock that enabled one to throw and then submit the opponent, he didn't go into any detail or provide any references to back his assertion. Proceeding on clues provided in the text and on insights provided by the revival of the pankration in the form of modern-day mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, this paper offers a cogent reconstruction of the technique.

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