Pankration

"To the prospective student, it is important to learn the thought behind the forms as much as it is to learn the forms themselves. Pankration is distinguished from crude brawling by the refinement and effectiveness of technique. Blindly striking at a foe, unthinking, wastes energy and sweat. To best use the moves in your arsenal, you must understand them. And to this end, these scrolls have been written."

"I myself am a third generation fighter of the Velsuvian school. Though the fighters of pankration are no longer as well known as the currently popular gladiators of the arena, our discipline is an ancient one, respected by good, honest Iridinians who revere the old ways. Though there once was a flourishing of fighting schools, as there is now a great many gladiator stables, there are only a few remaining. What is recorded in these scrolls are the way of the Velsuvian school, the best known of the Pankration arts. Keep in mind, though, that it is only one of the old schools of fighting."

Taught by Stelahos
Skills/Actions Difficulty To Rank SP (1st slot) Need Stance?
Pankration easy 90 10 / 5 -
Pankration Lead Palm easy 75 10 / 5 No
Pankration Straight Palm average 75 15 / 7 No
Pankration Rising Palm average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Forward Elbow easy 75 10 / 5 No
Pankration Rising Elbow average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Lead and Cross average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Strike and Rise difficult 75 17 / 9 Yes
Pankration Driving Knee average 75 15 / 7 No
Pankration Wide Knee difficult 75 17 / 9 Yes
Pankration Double Knee difficult 75 17 / 9 *No
Pankration Palm Block average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Shoulder Block easy 75 10 / 5 Yes
Pankration Knee Block average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Side Knee Block difficult 75 17 / 9 Yes
Pankration Swift Head Clasp average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Brotherly Clasp average 75 15 / 7 **No
Pankration Waist Clasp easy 75 10 / 5 Yes
Pankration Knee Clasp average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Plummet average 75 15 / 7 Yes
Pankration Rear Plummet difficult 75 17 / 9 Yes
Pankration Basic Stance easy 75 10 / 5 Yes
Pankration Knife Hand difficult 75 17 / 9 Yes
Pankration Accuracy difficult 75 17 / 9 -
Pankration Focus impossible 75 19 / 11 -
Pankration Feint average 75 15 / 7 -

Directions to Stelahos' School of Pankration (Iridine): Walk to bronze, s, w, s

Skill Prerequisites
Pankration Lead and Cross 20 Ranks in Pankration Lead Palm
20 Ranks in Pankration Forward Elbow
Pankration Strike and Rise 20 Ranks in Pankration Straight Palm
20 Ranks in Pankration Rising Elbow
Pankration Double Knee 30 Ranks in Pankration Driving Knee
30 Ranks in Pankration Wide Knee
Pankration Knife Hand 80 Ranks in Pankration
40 Ranks in Pankration Lead Palm
40 Ranks in Pankration Straight Palm
40 Ranks in Pankration Rising Palm

*Pankration Double Knee: Although you do not need to be in the Pankration Basic Stance to perform this move, this move can only be learned after learning other stance-needed moves.

**Pankration Brotherly Clasp: Although this move does not require you to be in the Pankration Basic Stance, this move can only be performed after Pankration Swift Head Clasp, which needs to be in stance to work.


The Basic Stance

Usage: pank

To learn something new, you must unlearn the old. One of your first lessons will be to relearn how to stand, and how to move. This is a necessary lesson. The basic Pankration stance is the best position from which to launch your most powerful strikes and holds. Learn it well, and you will be able to do it without thinking. Until that point, practice it often.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak widens his feet, moving one slightly back and keeping his knees bent, while raising both hands, palms open and facing front.


Lead Palm

Usage: lpalm <target>

This is the easiest and swiftest strike to learn. It makes use of a jabbing motion of your lead palm, and is best used to soften up a foe.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak leans into his forward shoulder, striking at a thug rapidly with his lead palm. He suffers a small bruise to his left hand.


Straight Palm

Usage: spalm <target>

This is another direct strike, making use of your rear hand. Use it to follow a lead palm, or to catch a foe off-guard. It packs somewhat more power. Both the lead and the straight palm can be used from a grappling position, making them valuable in close combat.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak twists slightly, throwing a straight strike at a thug with the palm of his rear hand. He suffers a small bruise to his left hand.


Rising Palm

Usage: rpalm <target>

This is an upward stroke, utilizing the power of your hips as you twist your body. A solid strike will knock an opponent senseless, especially if aimed towards the head or face. This move can only be done standing up in a good stance.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak dips one hand then shoots an upward palm-strike at a thug! He suffers a bruise to his neck.


Forward Elbow

Usage: felbow <target>

A horizontal strike with the elbow of your rear arm. This is a swift and hard strike, following naturally from your stance. However, it can also be used in close quarters to beat down an opponent you've pinned, or to try drive off a foe who's grappled you.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak turns and leans into his shoulder while bringing his elbow around, aiming it at a thug! He suffers a bruise to his right hand.


Rising Elbow

Usage: relbow <target>

An upward motion with the arm, bringing up the elbow to strike at a foe's face or head. This move is best used while standing.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak dip one hand then shoot an upward elbow-strike at a thug! He suffers a bruise to his face.


Driving Knee

Usage: dknee <target>

A direct, straight thrust with your back knee. This attack hits hard and can be used while clenched to your opponent.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak slides one foot back, increasing the distance between his feet, then, lifting up his rear leg, he drives his knee forward into a thug, throwing his hips behind the blow! He suffers a ugly bruise to his waist.


Wide Knee

Usage: wknee <target>

A strike with the back knee that uses a downwards circular motion. This brings the momentum of your entire body to bear against your opponent. This can only be done standing, while in your stance.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak lift his back leg up, perpendicular to a thug, then brings around his knee, hammering him with the entire weight of his body! He suffers a ugly bruise to his waist.


Knife Hand

Usage: knife <target>

An advanced attack. Your teacher will allow you to begin using it only when you are a master of the basic skills, and capable in Lead Palm, Straight Palm, and Rising Palm.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak rotates one forearm until his palm faces upwards, then twists into a sudden stab aimed at a thug. He suffers a puncture to his face.


Lead and Cross

Usage: lcross <target>

A combination of the Lead Palm and the Forward Elbow. Be familiar in both to devastate your opponent with a double-hit.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak leans forward, striking a thug with his lead palm, then turns his shoulder, throwing his rear elbow straight into him! He suffers a small bruise to his chest. He suffers a small bruise to his neck.


Strike and Rise

Usage: srise <target>

Learn how to hit twice with one arm, using a combination of the Straight Palm and Rising Elbow. Be familiar in both to acquire a good, solid set of high strikes.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak strikes at a thug with his palm, then brings up his elbow of that same arm, hitting him twice! He suffers a small bruise to his right shoulder. He suffers a small bruise to his left arm.


Double Knee

Usage: doubleknee <target>

Once learned in both Driving Knee and Wide Knee, you will be able to perform a difficult, but damaging Double Knee strike. This move can be a match-ender, especially when used repeatedly on a grappled foe.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak leaps forward, driving his rear knee into a soldier in dark green armor, then following up with his other knee before his feet touch the ground! He suffers a bruise to his left thigh.


Swift Head Clasp

Usage: sclasp <target>

This clasp grasps the back of your foe's head with your palm. This is made possible after a successful Lead Palm, Straight Palm, or Rising Palm. It is a swift hold, and is naturally followed up by elbow strikes to the face, or the initiation of a Brotherly Clasp.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak turns his hand and slips it behind a thug's head!
A man in a hooded cloak manage to clasp the back of a thug's head head tightly!


Brotherly Clasp

Usage: bclasp <target>

This can be done only when already grappling your opponent's head. Bind him to your shoulder and weave your arms under his armpits. This will prevent him from using his own arms effectively against you.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak pulls a thug's head to his shoulder, weaving his free hand under a thug's armpit and clasping his hands together behind his neck, binding him close!


Waist Clasp

Usage: wclasp <target>

The basic low grapple consists of a sudden crouch and low drive at your opponent's waist. This is somewhat dangerous as your opponent's arms will be free to counterattack, but controlling his center of gravity gives you a choice between Plummet and Reverse Plummet.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak crouches down, spread his arms, and darts at a thug!
A man in a hooded cloak faces sideways and drives his head into a thug's chest while both arms wrap around his waist.


Knee Clasp

Usage: kclasp <target>

A more advanced low grapple that locks your opponent's legs and disturbs his balance. Follow up with a Plummet, then strike at your foe once on top of him.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak crouches forward and darts for a thug's legs!
A man in a hooded cloak manages to get one arm under a thug's knee and another one around his waist.


Plummet

Usage: plummet <target>

A maneuver that can only be done while grappling your opponent's leg or waist. Moves which lead up to this one include Waist Clasp and Knee Clasp. With your existing grip, lift your opponent's feet off the ground, then control his descent to slam his back solidly onto the dirt. This will knock the wind out of him and allow you an advantageous position on top of him, from which you can rain down blows.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak uses his position to lift a thug up off his feet, then twist and slam downward, bringing his back down onto the ground hard! He then moves to a position on top of him!


Rear Plummet

Usage: rplummet <target>

An advanced move that lifts an opponent up and slams him into the ground behind you. Moves which lead up to this one include Waist Clasp and Brotherly Clasp. Once slammed into the dirt, your opponent will be prone on the ground and you will be left standing. Unlike Plummet, this move ends the clench.

When you use this you see:

A man in a hooded cloak grasps a thug tightly, lifts him up, then bends backwards, driving a thug's head into the ground behind him!


Palm Block

This block is one of the first you will learn, and helps to deflect straight jabbing and stabbing strikes at the face and upper body.


Shoulder Block

This block makes use of a clenched, raised shoulder to absorb circular or wide slashing attacks against the head and upper body.

When you use this you see:

A thug takes a step back while gripping her blade tightly and begins a spinning motion, slashing at a man in a hooded cloak, but misses. A man in a hooded cloak clenches his arm and turns, deflecting the attack off his shoulder.


Knee Block

Despite the name, the main blocking surface is your shin. Harden your shin to prevent damage to your lower joints and vital areas. This form deflects straightforward attacks.


Side Knee Block

Similar to the knee block, except directed laterally with an accompanying movement just before the blow hits. This move counters slashing and sweeping strikes at your legs.

When you use this you see:

A thug slashes horizontally at a man in a hooded cloak with the tip of his tin dagger, but misses. A man in a hooded cloak lifts his knee and swings it to the side, deflecting the attack.

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