The salutation (heretismos - xαιρετισμός) should be performed, simultaneously with the “Pammachon Oath” (2.b below), at the beginning and end of class. The heretismos should also be performed at the beginning of a Pankration (Παγκράτιον) match and at the end.
The hairetismos consists of the following on the part of the Πάμμαχος:
The significance of steps 2 & 3. are the following:
a. The closed fist represents the martial skills of the Pammachos
b. Placing the fist over the heart symbolizes that the martial skills of the Pammachos will only used in protection of humanity.
c. Opening the fist to a palm over the heart represents the fact that violence can fade to the force of good will
An example of a youth performing the heretismos can be seen at the following link:
τιμή καί ἀρετή (teemee ke aretee)
expounded in english:
Positive Value to society
Personal Excellence in body, emotion, mind and spirit