Pammachon Contest

Sport Pammachon


The Hellenic Pammachon Alliance has currently engaged in a pilot program for “Sport Pammachon” that will result in an HPA rule set for the United States of America.  All activities are based on the rules devised by the ΔΕΠ (Διεθνής Ένωση Παμμάχου - International Pammachon Union) in Hellas under the guidance of Kostas Dervenis (also an HPA Board Member) and subsequently approved by sport authorities in Hellas during September of 2014. 

This full contact ruleset is also in use by elite special forces of multiple Western nations (US included) as a result of Kostas Dervenis' cutting edge work with NATO.  This is after the militaries of a number of these nations, in particular the USA, have essentially rejected two previous models and matching sport  formats because of failures born out in battlefield statistics:  1. The late 90's BJJ model  2. The early 2000's MMA model

This format is intended to reinforce the successful hand to hand tactical model proven out in Mr. Dervenis' Pammachon training modules for Hellenic military and NATO special of forces of various nations that have been accepted by leadership. 

Sport Pammachon (Πάμμαχον Άθλημα)  is full contact and not only takes into account biting and fist breakdown awareness, but it also fosters awareness of bladed weapons.  Hence, it can be said that sport Pammachon includes the presence of weapons and the limitations of actual close quarter combat. 

Sport Pammachon is now being utilized by adult Παμμαχοί, practitioners of that native martial art system of Πάμμαχον, for attribute developed after they have achieved Level 2 (Submission Combatives) rank and are pursuing Level 3 (Lethal Combatives) rank.  It is also being exported seperately to schools of other systems of martial art and athletics (see the "Videos" tab).

The distinctions of Sport Pammachon, being a “martial sport”,  from a Mixed Martial Arts competition in any local juristiction is as follows:

1. Any strike to the body is acceptable within the parameters of allowable and prohibited strikes. As Pammachon contests are meant to simulate hand to hand combat, however, and a high incidence of injury to the hand (boxer's fractures, human bites) is recorded as the result of punches to the head and face during altercations, strikes to the head and face are thereby restricted to "one per phase." Only 3 strikes to the head or face are allowed when standing per round, and 3 strikes when the contestants go to the ground per round. A "phase" is defined when both participants are in the standing position, or not (i.e. in the ground position).

2. Natural weapons - The teeth are natural weapons. Any position or technique that allows a contestant's teeth near a point of vulnerability shall result in a "break in action" and contestants shall be placed by the referee once again in a previous point in the sequence of events (i.e. positions that place the contestants at simulated risk from potential biting will be discouraged)

3. Participants shall use soft "rubber" training blades (i.e. made of Santoprene or equivalent materials) that mold to the body and bend. "Hard" plastic or metallic knives are forbidden. Rubber weapon length will not exceed 14 inches.

4. Contestants shall wear the HPA  Pammachon στολή with an HPA sash, which are patterned after traditional Hellenic sashes.  One sash will be red and the other yellow; representing the traditional Kritan and Pontian models, respectively.  Knives will be mounted on the front or side mimicking the traditional method.  There will be one blade per contestant.

5. Rubber blades may not be drawn until contestants enter into a standing clinch, grapple, throw, etc or go to the ground. Rubber blades may not be used when contestants are in "boxing" or "kicking" range in the standing position. Sport Pammachon is not a fencing match or blade duel but is intended to simulate the use of hidden weapons in close quarter combat within grappling range.

6. A contestant's rubber blade may not be drawn by his opponent, but may be turned against an opponent following a disarm when he has drawn the blade himself.

7. In case that a participant is able to draw his rubber knife (or take his opponent's weapon or turn the opponent's weapon against him) and successfully strike once at designated fatal targets, or strike twice at designated "wound" targets the fight is considered a TKO.

a. Fatal targets requiring only one strike with the rubber weapon are the:

1. neck


3.torso centerline immediately below the sternum

4. lower abdomen centerline

5.  kidney region

6. groin area.

b. Wound targets (requiring two strikes) are anywhere else on the:

1.  torso

2. the axillary region (the armpit) up to mid-bicep

3. the inner wrist

4.  inner femoral region up to mid-thigh.

c. If a wound target is struck only once before the weapon is turned or retained, the attacker is awarded three (3) points but the round continues.

8. All competitions are conducted on a flat matted plain.

8. All competitions are conducted on a flat matted plain