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American Indian Teenager Makes Martial Arts History

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Eighteen year old Katie Maki became the first American Indian, and the youngest American period, to win a world championship for the USA in the ancient martial art of Pankration. WJFW.com reported that Maki, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, won the gold medal in her division in the world championships held in Serbia. She managed to bring home the gold after losing her first match, no less.

Pankration is one of the oldest sports in the world. It was a part of the very first Olympic Games in Greece in 648 BC, and as WJFW.com reported, there is a growing number of people who want the sport to be included again in the Olympics. Modern mixed martial arts competitions now use many of the same methods of Pankration. We've embedded a highlight video below of the sport to give you a better sense of what, exactly, Maki was doing over there in Serbia to earn her gold model.

Maki is a student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. She's training hard in the hopes that Pankration is included in the Olympic Games.