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

Judo: Kingston's angry withdrawal

Just how much of a mess British judo is in was demonstrated this weekend with the news that not one but two of the best medal prospects may not be in the team going to Paris for the World Championships, which start on Thursday.

Judo: Alexander grapples with faded glory

Until recently Britain was one of judo's leading nations, winning many of the sport's top prizes. Now, however, international success is rare.

Karate: Italy win World Karate Cup

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Judo: Britain in the medals

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Judo: Howey makes light work of rivals

With four gold medals from the women's team and one from the men's, the British Open Championships in Birmingham proved one of the most successful for some years for the home country.

Sweating with Granny, Kendo and Giant Haystacks: Books

Harry Pearson is still in the grip of a passion for grappling

British judo in serious decline

Judo

Defence the first line of attack

Eric Pich brings a sense of mission to his karate club in north London, championing the social as well as the physical benefits of the shotokan traditional brand of karate that he teaches at the Willesden Sports Centre.

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Judo: Britain's flaw show

OLYMPIC GAMES

Judo: Rendle is overthrown

OLYMPIC GAMES

Bell fails in final quest for medal

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Judo: Sweatman harks back to youth

OLYMPIC GAMES

British hopes floored

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Judo: Stevens sets out to prove a point

As the European Championships get underway here today, Neil Adams, the British team manager, can consider with some satisfaction that a total of 10 fighters - six men and four women - have already qualified for the Olympics.
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