Pankration was a sporting event introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and founded as a blend of boxing and wrestling but with scarcely any rules. The only things not
acceptable were biting and gouging of the opponent's eyes. The term comes from the Greek παγκράτιον [paŋkrátion], literally
meaning "all of might" from πᾶν (pan-) "all" and κράτος (kratos) "strength, might, power".
In Greek mythology, it was said that the heroes Heracles and Theseus invented pankration as a result of using both wrestling and boxing in their confrontations with opponents. Theseus was
said to have utilized his extraordinary pankration skills to defeat the dreaded Minotaur in the Labyrinth.