Introduction

Introduction to Pyrrichios

In ancient times, all Hellenic warriors danced.  Plato went so far as to comment:

''those best at dancing are also best at war''   Laws, 815

The dances specifically performed by warriors relating to combat have been referred to as Pyrrichios (Πυρρίχιος) by the Hellenic people for thousands of years.  As with the rest of Hellenic culture, all of the dances have been transformed over the millenia and new ones have been added and old ones altered as each generation passed on their knowledge to the next.  The Pyrrichios set of dances are no exception.

The Hellenic Pammachon Alliance specifically defines Pyrrichios as:  “dances performed by warriors in psychological preparation for war that were in use up to 1821; the first successful revolution in achieving freedom for parts of the mainland.”

With this in mind, the HPA currently recognizes the following as Pyrrichioi:

 

Name- Greek

Name -English

Region

Σέρρα

Serra

Pontos

Μαχαίρια

Maheria

Pontos

Πεντοζάλης

Pendozali

Kriti

Πηδηχτός

Pidihto

Kriti

Τσαμικός

Tsamiko

Epiros

Κωνσταντακής

Konstandakis

Epiros

Χορός των Σπαθιών

Horos ton Spathion

Kappadokia

In practicing Pyrrichios, one is not only learning a cultural practice steeped in history, but increasing their rhythm, footwork, agility and many other attributes that are invaluable to the practicing Pammachos.

While there is no hard requirement on the practice of these recognized Hellenic martial dances in rank assessment, it is expected that a practitioner will learn their names and region of origin.