|A Greek vase showing Pancratium boxing - and |
techniques some believe to be forearm deflections
similar to Oriental martial arts
|The mural at the Shaolin temple showing Indian and|
Chinese martial artists practising together
Whether these arts originated in India or were introduced from elsewhere is still a matter of debate and speculation. One interesting theory is that the ancient Greek combat art of the Pancratium was brought to India by the troops of Alexander the Great. There it blended with existing native fighting arts and/or Yoga to become the earliest regimented Oriental martial art.
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