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    They showed this on the Discovery Channel as well as Kaliyiparati and the Indian wrestlers.
    They are some great fighitng arts hidden away in India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickcatcher
    Excellent post.

    There are (apparently) strong links between Pankration (introduced to India by Alexander The Great's conquest) and Varamushti -and later the Tibetan Martial Art of Lion's Roar (later Lama Pai/Hop Gar etc).

    The 'Alexander the Great's Pankration = Asian MAs' is an unproven myth, though... 'Western Martial Arts' supremacists like to say that, but there's zero proof...

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    AFAIK, Vajramukti/Vajramushti means a whole bunch of things, from a premodern military training regimen to a form of sport wrestling. I'm sure that by muddying the context you can say it has all kinds of stuff.

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    One thing my coach, John Will (author of the above article) said to me was that the only person he'd seen ever able to "really disarm" someone in a live situation was an Indian fellow. He said he saw people armed with clubs, knives and even swords, coming at this guy who was unarmed, and this guy was able to disarm his opponent. Of course he's seen other people do it in demonstrations, but never in an alive manner trying to hurt them, or with someone not their own student.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyS
    One thing my coach, John Will (author of the above article) said to me was that the only person he'd seen ever able to "really disarm" someone in a live situation was an Indian fellow. He said he saw people armed with clubs, knives and even swords, coming at this guy who was unarmed, and this guy was able to disarm his opponent. Of course he's seen other people do it in demonstrations, but never in an alive manner trying to hurt them, or with someone not their own student.
    I can't see it being too easy to find people who like you to come at you full force with a weapon, though.

    "Hey Jimmy, could you please try to stab me to death? We'll go for beers later."

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    My coach lived and trained in Indonesia for 8 years, as well as training in India a couple of times, Nepal, Japan, Thailand etc. He said of ALL the people he has seen, no-one was as good as this Indian guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyS
    My coach lived and trained in Indonesia for 8 years, as well as training in India a couple of times, Nepal, Japan, Thailand etc. He said of ALL the people he has seen, no-one was as good as this Indian guy.
    Oh sure. He may well be totally awesome. I'm just pointing out that it's rather difficult to try and get a dude who isn't a psychopath to try and beat you with a club or stab you to death.

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    I see your point, but it's probably not as much of an issue if you live in a slum in an impoverished nation compared to somewhere like the U.S. or Australia. Also, if you get a reputation, I'd imagine that there will be plenty of people happy to take it away from you.

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    Areas of Indonesia, Malaysia, South Asia/ South East Asia has some pretty rough neighbourhoods. I guess it shouldnt be far fetch to find some pretty tough guys who can actually fight and probably have some knife/war wounds to show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLL
    The 'Alexander the Great's Pankration = Asian MAs' is an unproven myth, though... 'Western Martial Arts' supremacists like to say that, but there's zero proof...
    Western MA supremacists? lol. the thing is that there iasn't any contradicting evidence either so both 'sides' are speculating. The Alexander theory holds logic -not that many would suggest that ALL eastern MAs come COMPLETELY from Pankration -but the influence is logical. :XXhesitan

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