Sport

The sport of pankration dates back to the 648 BC Olympic Games. According to Plutarch, it was created by Theseus to defeat the Minotaur.

DVD: Possession (18)

Crikey Moses! Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 "video nasty" is not for the weak of stomach, featuring as it does a horrific miscarriage, throat slashing and vomiting.

Japanese Judo champ joins the Olympic countdown

It’s two years until the start of the 2012 London Olympics. Various events are taking place today.

Scotsman, 72, joins judo's highest rank

Only seven living people hold judo's highest rank, the "10th Dan" black belt. As of yesterday, a 72-year-old Scotsman is one of them.

Ninja Assassin (18)

You know something about kung-fu fighting? It's fast as lightning, and a little bit frightening.

Assassin's creed: Stealthy, deadly – and misunderstood

As a film about Japan's fabled warriors prepares to assail cinemas, Stephen Phelan deconstructs the myth of the ninja

Judo: Howell is at pains to throw down challenge

Britain unearths a gem who can pick its Olympic challenge off the floor but first she must recover from serious injury

Games Review: Mini Ninjas

DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, £34.99 - £49.99

Econoblog: Who does what and when?

Anyone remember tag wrestling on the telly? Those of us of a certain age remember watching Giant Haystacks, Kendo Nagasaki, Big Daddy and Catweazle doing their theatrical stuff on a Saturday afternoon on World of Sport with commentary from Kent Walton. It reminds me, strange to say, of the current rows over bank regulation - who does what and when?

Games Review: Ninja Blade

Xbox 360, Microsoft, £44.99

Judo: Sport that aims to save kids from guns and knives

New campaign hopes to unearth inner-city talent and atone for Olympic failure

Games Review: Ninjatown

DS, Southpeak, £24.99

Judo: Brits can't get to grips

Karen Bryant, the last of British judo’s not-so-magnificent seven has crashed out in her opening bout to Mexican Vanessa Zambotti, an opponent she normally would expect to have overthrown, a defeat that was sadly indicative of the way all of the British team have underachieved here. Seventh was their highest individual placing.

Disappointment in judo, archery and shooting

Britain's Naomi Folkard missed out on a place in the quarter-finals of the individual archery after losing 106-97 to Japan's Nami Hayakawa.





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