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Guardsman receives fifth-degree black belt in Greece

11:50 AM, Mar. 7, 2013
Participants in the 2012 World Pankration Championships in Sparta, Greece, included Mike Sixel of Stevens Point.
Participants in the 2012 World Pankration Championships in Sparta, Greece, included Mike Sixel of Stevens Point.
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Mike Sixel joined the ranks among the elite Pankrationists in the world when he received his fifth-degree black belt while in Sparta, Greece, during the 2012 World Pankration Championships.

Pankration is a Greek form of Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, which is widely considered the oldest form of martial arts in the world. Pankration was a sport in the very first Olympics and again is gaining recognition because of the popularity of MMA. Organizations such as the USAFPA, or United States Federation of Pankration Athlima, are using Pankration to teach adults as well as youths and offer ...

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