Welcome to the Eclectics Pankration training site.  Eclectics Pankration is a complete Martial Arts training system that will take you from the ground to standing.  Eclectics Pankration is also recognized as an official USA Federation of Pankration Athlima training system.  You are now part of our growing Martial Arts family, so here are a few things you need to know.  Always feel free to ask anyone on our team if you have any questions, or need any assistance.

    1. Every student is required to sign-in at the start of every class.  A sign-in sheet will be available at the front desk.  Training time is tracked and counts toward your ability to test for rank.  This is very important, and is your responsibility to confirm your training time is accounted for.
    2. Eclectics Pankration students are required to wear a Training Shirt, and grappling style board shorts or Gi pants. Training shirts can be ordered from the main office.
    3. Prior to every class, and immediately following every class, the mats, bags, and any used equipment must be cleaned and stored away. Cleaning the mats is not the job of the instructor; it is the job and responsibility of the students. You must make it a priority to sweep and mop the mats.  A clean training environment is a must, and this will be strictly enforced.
    4. You must inform the instructor of any injuries, or skin infections, prior to the start of class. IT IS NOT OK to train while treating an injury or skin infection.
    5. The use of foul language, or disruptive conduct, will not be tolerated.
    6. If you have questions about a technique, or need help with a technique, ask the instructor. Do not try and teach others unless you are asked to do so by the instructor. The individuals qualified to answer your questions regarding techniques used in the Eclectics Pankration class, are those authorized and recognized as an official instructor.  Unless you are instructed otherwise, do not teach, and do not take instruction from any other individuals during class time.
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Training etiquette is a subject you should immediately discuss with your instructor.  Each school has different rules on how they conduct class.  Here are a few universal key points every student needs to know when training.


  • First thing to understand is the training area at your school should be treated with respect.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE to keep the training area clean.  After each class ask your instructor where the cleaning supplies are located and YOU need to confirm the mats, bags, or any used equipment has been properly cleaned.  An unclean training environment is a breading ground for all types of diseases.
  • While training, if you ever develop any type of sickness, skin infection, or illness, please inform your instructor immediately.  Infections will transfer easily between training partners and can quickly spread across a training area.  Your instructor will be able to let you know if it is ok for you to train or not.
  • During training if you start bleeding for any reason, stop training immediately.  Clean the training area with proper cleaner, and do not resume training until your bleeding has stopped and your instructor clears you to come back into the training area.
  • One final note on hygiene is to confirm you always have clean clothing, you are properly bathed, and you keep your finger and toenails trimmed.  It is never ok to wear knee or elbow pads, then reuse them without washing them.  When you refrain from washing training gear, or training clothing, you not only may be smelly but you are inviting many skin infectious diseases to breed in that clothing.  This is a very serious mistake many veteran students make.  Develop good habits of cleanliness now and you will minimize the possibility of ever contracting any type of skin infection, and you will never be asked to leave the training area because you smell bad!



  • Respect in Martial Arts is a founding cornerstone to the understanding of all Arts.  You begin showing Respect by following proper Hygiene rules.  It is not respectful to your fellow students by not following these rules.
  • In most all schools it is a sign of respect to bow before you enter the training area, and to bow as you leave the training area.  Confirm with your instructor on your  schools particular rules
  • Another way to show respect is to refrain from cursing, or participating in rude conversation during the training hours at your school.  Your instructors are trying to run class in a professional environment and at any time you may have children around, or adults, who do not want to hear such language.  Show respect to those around you and refrain from this type of behavior.
  • Every instructor realizes that many of the students training with them have experience in many different areas.  Just because you may have some knowledge it does not give you the right to teach other students unless called upon by your instructor to do so.  Show respect to your instructor by not doing this unless asked to do so!
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated.



The junior belt curriculum has 5 belts, White, White/Yellow, Yellow, Orange, and Green.  Each belt is broken into three phases for easy training, with each phase having a minimum set of requirements.  Since every student is different, and many students take longer then the minimum time requirements per level, the time is used as a guide that can be increased as needed.



The senior curriculum has 5 belts, White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black.  Each belt is broken into three phases; with the exception of Black Belt as it has 10 levels.  Since every student is different, and many students take longer then the minimum time requirements per level, the time is used as a guide that can be increased as needed.



The evaluation period is to help you as a new student better experience the school you are now attending.  Before we begin trying to study for belt rank, it is important to know who you will be training under.  Each school has different procedures on how they handle the evaluation period, but you are encouraged to attend as many different classes you can.  Take this time to meet, and train under any of the available instructors.  After you reach your first 24 hours of training, review this time with your instructor.  Use this meeting as a time to set goals and figure out how you will begin the road to Black Belt.

The evaluation period for students under the age of 16 should be reduced to a number of 5 classes rather than a time requirement.  These initial classes are for the student to get familiar with the school and program instructor.  Once these classes are completed, the student should begin training for their first rank.


White Belt is the first rank a student is given.  Common Martial Arts practice is to give this rank to anyone who begins practicing Martial Arts.  This is where you will begin as a student, and this is going to be an exciting adventure.

As you progress from the rank of White Belt, each belt will be studied in three phases.  Each phase represents a time marker to completing your rank time requirements.  Once you have completed all three phases you will then be recommended for Belt testing.  Once all the time requirements have been meet you may test for rank.  If you test, and fail to pass, you are not allowed to test again for three months of the failed test date.  If you fail a second time you are not allowed to test again for six months of the second failed test date.

You will be presented a testing sheet to complete the requirements for the Belt.  This needs to be given to your instructor on the day of testing.  Your instructor will grade each technique on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being perfect.  You will be asked to demonstrate each move on both sides when possible.  If you score less than a 3 on any move you fail the test!  Once you have successfully passed your test and earned your belt, please confirm with your instructor that all the correct paperwork is sent into the Eclectics Pankration main office.

For a student who moves from the Junior Rank belt system into the Senior Rank belt system, the initial Senior Rank White Belt will be a White/(highest Junior Rank) Color.


These are the common positions you will need to know while training in the techniques to move from White Belt to Blue Belt.

ADDRESSING: Both athletes are in a starting position and neither has a dominate position.
  CLINCH: Both athletes are in an equally dominate position.
  SPIDER GUARD: In the Spider Guard position the person on the bottom can have both feet in the hip of the person on top or only one foot.  In either scenario this is still considered a Spider Guard.
  GUARD: This picture shows the person on the bottom with a closed Guard.  If his legs were open it is called an Open Guard.  Generally, the person on the bottom has the dominate position while in a Closed Guard.  When changed to an Open Guard, the man on top then has the more dominate position.
  HALF GUARD: The person on the bottom has one leg of the person on top trapped. Neither man has a more dominate position.
  INVERTED: This position is also referred to as the North South position.  Neither athlete has a more dominate position.
  SIDE MOUNT: In this position the person on top has a dominate position
  MOUNT: The person on top is Mounted and in the dominate position.
  STOMACH: In this position the person on the bottom is flat on their stomach. This is considered the most dangerous position to find yourself in. The person on top is in the Back Mount position and they are considered to be in the most dominate position possible. The same terminology applies to the picture where the person on the bottom is on all fours, if the person on top extends their legs they put the person on the bottom in a Prone (flattened) position.


Lesson 2: The Three Rules of White Belt

The following three Rules of White Belt will help you better understand many lessons you will learn as you progress from White Belt to Black Belt.

RULE 1: Point A – Point B – Point C


Point A is referred to as the first “Addressing” position of a fight.  Point A is the Stand Up part of the fight and is known as Ano Pankration.  This is when two individuals are facing each other.  Point A will be referenced many times as you progress through your training.



Point B is the clinch.  This encompasses all forms of the clinch game.  Point B is when two individuals have contacted each other and have moved from Point A into Point B.



Point C is the ground or as known as Kato Pankration.  This includes all ground techniques and references anytime the fight moved from Point A or Point B into Point C.



RULE 2: Left Stance – Right Stance – Horse Stance

Left Stance

Right Stance

The term Left Stance is used to describe a fighting stance where your left foot is forward, and your left hand is forward.  This is also known as an Orthodox Stance. The term Right Stance is used to describe a fighting stance where your right foot is forward, and your right hand is forward.  This is also known as a Southpaw Stance.

Horse Stance

The term Horse Stance is used to describe a stance where both feet are slightly further then shoulder width apart.  You also need to level change centering your weight.


RULE 3: The Table

Some of the very first techniques you will learn are going to be in Point C, or Ground Escapes. When learning how to move a person off of you and gaining a more favorable position, you must understand The Table. As the diagram illustrates, a table has four legs. If you wish to tip over the table you must remove two of the table legs. When doing the escapes techniques keep this in mind, control any two “legs” of the table or two “legs” of the person, the technique will work. This will be discussed in more detail with each technique.