(BEING UPDATED) -My full name is Petros Alexandros Manousakis. Born in January 1975
My father was the first Man to inspire and teach discipline, Japanese wrestling and fitness.
Most of the my first outdoor and sports experiences where with him. Started contact with sports and nature at a very early age 4 or 5. Because of my Fathers profession was living overseas when finally settled in Athens Greece in 1981-82. My beginnings in wilderness survival begun early 80’s and were skin diving, spear fishing, tracks observation and building crude bows and arrows which fascinated me a lot. As long as i can remeber my self, backpacks, cutting tools, the scent and glow of a campfire, forests and wildlife took my breath away. At age 11 or 12 was adept to using the felling axe. At age 13 forged my first knife a machete (A drawing of the tool will be published soon). Also experimented in forging utility blades on the contact grinding wheel incorporating shards from discontinued carpentry discs. Many older relatives also contributed in my newly acquired plant lore, trapping, fishing etc. during my first steps. As i grew up, studied wilderness survival and bushcraft skills from various sources. Studied Tang Soo Do between 1989 and 1994 under the guidance of master Lee Kun Hwa. In 1992 discovered the existence of Bushcraft in UK. I studied the Woodlore System from 1992 until 1998. At age 17 started my first fire by friction by bow driil also begun studying fungi, wilderness tracking and the skills of Native American Indians. In 1993 forged my first Arctic Knife from mild steel (A drawing of the tool will be published soon). At age 20 started my first fire by Hand drill and since then has been my primary way of starting fire in the wilderness up until today. It has been consistently operated in prestine wilderness and primitive-archaeological sites where the last hand drill fire lit was propably several thousands of years ago according to my Mentor’s comment. By the age of 20 and being very entousiastic with the liquid element had already aquired 2nd star cmas diving diploma and others, six months Red Cross first aid, lifeguards diploma and significant experience in various incidents. Studied traditional willow basketry with Gypsies for several months.
Joined Greek Special Forces in February 1996 until September 1997 serving the Amphibious unit Hios Island, the Winter Mountain Warfare Unit Olympus Mt. Served Amphibious Unit Samos island Sergeant Major of the 62nd Strike Company. During my service in the army had the opportunity to study and practice a complete cycle of elements pertaining Special Forces and Unconditional Warfare. Also continued to practice bushcraft and tracking around the ideal wilderness military environment which was mostly forested areas, arid bush and marine environment.
In September 14th 1997 was recognised as an accomplished bushcraft practitioner and was freely given a recommendation and a parang knife. That was offered by the very famous British Bushcraft instructor/TV Presenter and author who persistently invited me to spend a week at his house in East Sussex in 1997 where he insisted that i should stop my intense study practice and start teaching and writting books. Shortly after that i took a trip to Pelion Mountain and it was there that the concept of Aktiston Bushcraft System was conceived. During course period 1998 Woodlore invited me to live at their house and to work as a wilderness bushcraft ,tracking instructor at his school. After that invitation continued my study in the Wilderness Skills back in Greece and was more than compensated for my efforts. I was determined to bring more out of those topics and take the arts to a higher level. My interest of the skills and arts was and still is genuine. In autumn 1998 started studying Taijutsu and Jujutsu under the guidance of Shibu Cho Guy Aerts.1999 was an important year. I received two very powerful messages. First was to begin the Bushcraft System and the other was to persevere the path of Ninpo Bugei. Founded Aktiston Bushcraft system the Art of Wilderness Pursuit. Also known as the Hellenic Bushcraft School. From 1999 until 2003 was in contact with the University of Mycology where i mostly delivered fungi for studying and visual recognition. Amongst the fungi spotted in a very specific area, i discovered an unusual specimen which was taken for microscopic study. That revealed it was propably an undocumented Limacella Sp. That research is pending and is my responsibility to uphold and complete some time in the future. More will be published when information are available. Also became a member of well-known Greek bungee teams to supplement my income obtaining advanced insight in bungee secrets and technology. During my stay in the teams was fortunate to operate in various sites some of which very dangerous requiring the maximum of attention and responsibility and retired from bungy activities eleven years later without one accident of any kind. Was to retire bungy sometime in 2008. Also designed my first Standard Bushcraft Knife. The Aktiston Bushcraft Knife also named as the Hellenic Bushcraft Knife the photo of which can be seen in my Facebook account. In 2000 my prototype was forged in 01 stock removal 61HRC by Bison bushcraft in the UK. Through him and other bushcraft folks of the Bushcraft UK movement my knife pattern was adapted, slightly altered on the back of the handle and popularised by the well known knifemaking company SPYDERCO as the G-10 Bushcraft knife. Just before that this American company had been turned down in taking into mass production the Woodlore Bushcraft Knife. In September 2001 started studying-practicing traditional bladesmithing apprenticing by the side of Mr. George Apostolakis. Up until today received guidance and support by Professor in metal chemistry and general director of Uddeholm in Peiraias Mr. John Sideris. In 2003 was able to consistently remove long wide and thin flakes out good quality black flint with a predictable single blow using the soft hammer. Also forged the Bushman Axe a combination tool for the Wilderness. In 2004 designed and forged my first standard axe the Aktiston Bushcraft Axe also named as the Hellenic Bushcraft Axe. The Axe was forged in Pelion Mountain foothill in July 2004. The photos of my axes can be seen here in the products/cutting tools section, and in my Facebook account. Both Axe designs and their special features became popular and where copied and imitated later by folks of the Bushcraft movement in UK and other individuals overseas and imitated as the WETTERLINGS Bushman Axe. Amazingly it is almost perfectly identical. Other pros also duplicated features of my Axe pattern through the years in other countries too. If someone researches carefully enough can discover the clarity and truth of my statements. I also have several documents that prove the validity of my history. Simply cross examine the photos in my website with the imitated cutting tool photos and discover the truth for your self (quickly before they are removed). I write those things because firstly i am a Professional and the truth must always be spoken. Secondary the value of an individual’s work must be appreciated and recognised. Steeling mental property is not that. I do not like others taking credit from my work and cashing in my efforts so openly and in my face. It is amazing how far they went and what hideous means they used in order to enforce their wrong doings. Obviously the person or group of individuals abusing Aktiston Bushcraft System the Hellenic Bushcraft School and its mental property don’t know what they are doing. However life teaches the correct way eventually and justice is upheld. There is no way around that. In September 2005 became a personal student of Sensei Aerts at his Takao Honbu Dojo. From September 2005 through to February 2014 officialy upheld the Genbukan organisation in Greece under the tuition line of Takao Shibu Cho. I was fortunate to have as a Mentor from 1998 until today Grandmaster Botanist and Naturalist Professor George Sfikas who offered constant support and advice. Also since 2001 and until today as already mentioned, received guidance and support by Professor in metal chemistry and general director of Uddeholm in Peiraias Mr. John Sideris. Panagiotis Kaftantzidis a Master and professional trapper and hunter from Kafkasos Mt. in big game and fur bearing animals. John Lord a true Grandmaster of Flint Knapping and Primitive Technology who taught me in May 2011. Jozef Alvarez who also provided vital-efficient instruction on the secrets of his arts of Tactical Weapons and Military Tracking. Others taught and helped me also! (more about my Mentors and teachers will be published in due time). Of tremendous importance was the help and support from the Fathers of Orthodox Christianity who always supported me through out every difficulty in my life, especially the very tough ones. Those people are Great Masters who taught me and generously shared their expertise and powerfully influenced my life’s path as they still do. Without them it would not have been possible to reach at that stage. Have traveled extensively the various wildernesses in Hellas/Greece practicing Bushcraft and Tracking. Also during my lifetime have lived in and visited, the United States of America, England, Belgium, France, Egypt, South Africa, Arabic Emirates, India, Srilanka, Australia. Since 1996 have placed focus in the tracking and animal behaviour of the big mammals of Greece and have included a special study of each in my tracking category as well as relevant elements ingrained throughout the entire System in order to make it more efficient. Many accomplished Professionals consider and recognise my person as being a master in Wilderness Bushcraft, Bladesmithing and an expert practitioner in Wilderness Tracking and Japanese Bugei as well as other Combat Systems. Have appeared on television in the U.K for a daily bushcraft documentary back in 1998 and several times later in Greece. Have been fortunate to instruct people who became instructors and trained their own instructors, also helped others support their businesses stand on their own feet. That was in most cases unfortunately not recognised and appreciated, the contrary! The Aktiston Bushcraft/Hellenic Bushcraft Knife is together with the famous Woodlore Bushcraft knife and the Mora knife one of the Most popular Bushcraft knives in the World. The Aktiston Bushcraft/Hellenic Bushcraft Axe is also one of the most efficient and popular axes in the world of Wilderness Survival and Bushcraft. My ideas, projects and designs have long inspired many of the finest Bushcraft-Tracking professionals abroad to adapt them and put them to use. Many pros went far to stop my effort but they failed repeatedly. (more will be published soon) Aktiston Bushcraft System has been tested repeatedly in real life threatening situations in Wilderness and urban environment both in terms of intensity and duration and has been proved efficient and successful. The Hellenic Bushcraft School is very genuine in its motives and ways.
Rock solid proof are available regarding all the above written as well as everything administred within this and the rest of my texts. The above combined with my interest and love for the Arts and Technologies are sound reasons for continuing to study, practice and gain experience constantly taking my path further. Preserving the vanishing Arts of the Bushmen and Wilderness Trackers. Employing accurate and efficient Wilderness Systematic Methods and Tools.