Pammachon Martial Arts - About

About Pammachon

The Pammachon Cultural Union (Πολιτιστική Ένωση Παμμάχου) is a non-profit organization legally recognized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, following a court order in March 2007, to promote Pammachon worldwide, after almost vanishing in this generation.

 That court order in the country of Greece recognizes the following statement:
Pammachon is a method of martial education, which is the result of the historical studies and philosophical research of Mr. Konstantinos Dervenis, and which has been named and publicly known since 2000, as "Pammachon".

 

Kostas Dervenis meditating

About the founder

Kostas Dervenis was born in the United States in 1959. After receiving degrees in Chemical and Materials Engineering, Kostas pursued a career in the defense industry. In 1990 he was the Engineering Manager for the Greek F-16 program, and in 1992 decided to settle in Greece. He has worked in the academic, telecommunications and software sectors since that time.

 

Martial Arts

Kostas joined the Martial Arts world at the age of ten, beginning with judo and boxing. Throughout his life, he has trained in karate, judo, jujutsu, ninpo taijutsu, kung fu, and tai chi chuan. Having surrendered all other ranks in the oriental arts, Kostas retains a 5th Dan in Jujutsu/Jojutsu under Professor Andrew Yiannakis of New Mexico.

In 1984, while studying materials engineering in Atlanta GA, Kostas became a student of the well-known weapons-master and Western-style fencing researcher Hank Reinhardt, driving an early and fundamental interest in the Historical European Martial Arts. His work was referenced by Bettany Hughes in her book, "Helen of Troy," and he was cited as an expert on Bronze Age combat in the accompanying Channel 4 documentary. Kostas’ book "The Martial Arts of Ancient Greece" has been included as a reference for the degree program at the US Army War College.

 

Hand to hand combat

Kostas’ study of the evolutionary factors of hand-to-hand combat has been lauded by military and academic authorities alike. Several commendations for his work are listed below.

Institute of Traditional Martial Arts

Pammachon has been formally recognised by the Institute of Traditional Martial Arts, an association housed in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences (College of Education) at the University of New Mexico, and working to promote the growth, development, dissemination of knowledge, and preservation of cultural heritage of the traditional martial arts, both locally and globally.
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History of Pammachon

Since 1999 Kostas Dervenis has used the term “pammachon” (πάμμαχον) for both the martial arts and the warrior’s path expressed through these arts...
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