The ancient Greek sport “Pangration” where all the combat techniques were included such as all striking with legs, knees, elbows, hands & fist to the body, also including all submission techniques.
It is thought that the early Spartan Association of the Pangration with their military training is what kept the sport out of the first Olympics. However, once sporting rules and safety measures were introduced, the Pangration was admitted to the 33rd Olympics in 648 B.C. www.worldpangration.net/
Today, Pangration is developed by International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles as a mild form of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). When including Pangration into its field of activities, the governing International bodies had the vision to encourage the perpetuation of this ancient form of total combat from which all forms of modern Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) descend.