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Modern Agonistics

Modern Agonistics is not a style, art or system. It is simply a format for training, experimentation and competition with weapons. The goals of the participants range from cross-training, self-defense and thrill-seeking, to craftwork [like weapon and armor fabrication] and attempts to reconstruct extinct fighting arts. Practitioners of over two-dozen fighting arts have utilized this format since 1998 without sustaining serious injury. Participants have been both male and female and have ranged in age from 11 to 65; in size from 75 to 375 pounds, and in experience from novice to professional. Most participants have been males in their late teens and early twenties. We have no dues, rituals, traditions or barriers. This is simply a network for combat weaponry enthusiasts. We are just a curious group of fighters. If you want to participate you are welcome. Our motto is "as real as you want it".
Agonistics is an ancient Hellenic term that translates as "contest-preparation". The root is Agon meaning "contest". The English word agony was borrowed from the ancient Greek term for "contestant's suffering" referring to the trials of a combatant. This is admittedly a terrible term to use in modern America, as virtually everyone misreads agonistics as agnostics which is also from the ancient Greek and means "no knowledge" and is used as a self-descriptive term by people who are not sure about the existence of divinity. My favorite misreading of agonistics was when the Baltimore City Paper ran our ad for a seminar at Sifu Clark's in 2005 as Modern Antagonistics. Some guy called me and wanted to know if we were a network for hate groups.
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  1. Non-Elastic Mister Ney Wants To Know How To Use The Polypropylene Buckler From Cold Steel
  2. Urban Survival Training In An Eastern Synonymous State, July 18-19
  3. Electric Dan Is Curious About Stick-Fighting With Fencers
  4. Electric Dan Wants To Know About The Practicality Of A Weapon In Each Hand
  5. Practical Defense Video 6
  6. The Toughest Man I Knew
  7. Crackpot Podcast #76
  8. Dennis Documenting Crackpot Combatives
  9. Dennis And James Discuss The Training Snake
  10. Crackpot Mailbox: Mars Ultor And Escaped From Baltimore Discuss Tire Thumping
  11. Man Weekend 2019 Stick Fights
  12. An Evolution Of Freestyle Stick-Fighting And Blunt Machete Dueling In Maryland-Pennsylvania: 2004-19
  13. Highlights From Lancaster Agonistics
  14. Crackpot Mailbox: MRT And James Discuss Anarcho-Tranny* Weaponry And Fat Girls!
  15. Crackpot Mailbox: ‘In An Introduction To Combat And Fitness?’ Maximus Rex Wants To Know
  16. Comparing Stamina Before And After 3 Months Of Alpine Training
  17. Viking Vs Erique Axe Knife Man Weekend 2018
  18. Steel Duel Man Weekend 2018
  19. A Modern Agonistics Blunt Steel Duel
  20. Three Videos On Minimal Contact Coach Sparring With Blunt Extension Weapons
  21. Notes On Slow Sparring With Overweight Weapons
  22. Notes On Sparring With Heavy 30 To 36 Inch Sticks
  23. Sean And James On This Year’s Man Weekend
  24. Notes On Re-Forging A Half-Worn Soul
  25. By Lancaster Agonistics
  26. T-Ball Bat Training: As An Exercise And A Weapon
  27. Employing Cultural Appropriation As A Masculine Virtue?
  28. Footage Of Our July Meet In Out Of Service, PA
  29. Nero The Pict Versus The Khan
  30. Modern Agonistics: Boxing, Knife Fighting, Machete Dueling, Stick Fighting And Urban Survival Methods
  31. Among The Men Of The Hanged God, Out Of Service, PA, 7/22-23/2017
  32. A Crucifix Post Video
  33. Modern Agonistics Training Video
  34. Notes On A Modern Version Of The Palus
  35. A Modern Agonistics Q&A With Lynn Lockhart
  36. Training In Southern Pennsylvania With Sean Glass
  37. A Time And Measure Drill With Focus Mitts, Not Punching Mitts
  38. Learning How To Deal With The KO Puncher In Your Bag Work
  39. An Introduction To The Use Of The Fist
  40. The Roof Block Drill: Training To Defend Against The Overhand With A Stick
  41. Dehumanizing The Antagonist In A Primal Way, With The Stick Slash
  42. A Demonstration Of Primitive Single-Edged Knife Use Against An Unarmed Attacker
  43. Defending Against The Knife Stab With No Weapon: A Video Contact Drill
  44. Realistic Size Relationships Between Antagonists
  45. An Extension Weapon Review For Jeremy Bentham
  46. A Briefing On Weapon Retention
  47. Sam Jay’s Training Video: An Instructional On Extension Weapons
  48. Demonstrating Rocky Mountain Black Hawthorn Crafted As A Hoodrat Warding Baton
  49. Some Old Fat Guy Who Looks Like He Just Rolled Out Of Bed Attacks A Yellow Dindu Double Amputee!
  50. Oliver From The Beat Catches James Training Behind The Old Plantation House
  51. Modern Agonistics Kindle Edition
  52. The End Of My Coaching Road
  53. Erique, Nick, Sean And James Stick-Fighting In The May Rain On The Shoulder Of A Pennsylvania Mountain
  54. A Man Question From Rick Wayne On Selecting A Combat Art
  55. A Man Question From Sean About Matching Stick-Fighters
  56. Sparring On The Net-Removed Basketball Court: 8/11/16
  57. Developing Adaptable Time And Measure For Hand-to-Hand Mayhem
  58. Notes On Coach-Sparring
  59. Baltimore Training Schedule As Of July, 2016
  60. Handling Firearms In Halifax, PA 5/21/16
  61. My Last Stick Fight, Halifax, PA, 5/21/2016
  62. A Modern Agonistics Fighter Is Writing For An MMA Webzine
  63. A Man Weekend, 2016 Challenge: What About That Amistad Duel, Oliver Wendell Hayes?
  64. Calling Out Cory For Man Weekend 2016
  65. A Man Weekend, 2016 Challenge: Erique, Three Rounds Of FMA, Your Choice Of Weapons
  66. Man Weekend 2016: An Open Challenge To Members Of Lancaster Agonistics
  67. Saturday, 4/16 & Sunday, 4/17: 12-1 Each Day
  68. Knife Practice 20 March, 2016
  69. Down But Not Out
  70. Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12-1 P.m.
  71. The Lancaster Agonistics Man Weekend
  72. Modern Agonistics Fighters Asked To Fight At An April Event
  73. Combination Sparring
  74. Stick Boxing & Uneven Double Stick
  75. Stick Basics #4 Footwork Steps & Drills
  76. Adapting FMA Counts To Solo Training: Stick Basics #3 Stroke Catalog
  77. Stick Fighting Basics #2 Stroke Fundamentals
  78. Stick Basics #1 Forearm Conditioning Exercises
  79. Agonistics And Boxing Update
  80. Boxing, Stick-Fighting And Knife-fighting Drills And Sparring
  81. Cory’s Farewell Agon: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:30 P.m. At Jim Frederick’s Kenpo
  82. Charles & James Fight It Out For Gabriel's Legacy Black Sash
  83. Attention Sean, Dave, Alex And Kolya: Four Different Styles Of Mobility In Full Contact Round Robin Session
  84. Damien And James Attempt To Recreate Roman Scissor Combat
  85. Basic Body Mechanics
  86. Sean's Agon: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:00 A.M., A Sensibly Brutal Celebration Of Masculinity
  87. Damien Using Low-line Kicks Versus James From A Set Of 2005 Steel Bouts
  88. A Contact Record
  89. A Stick Work Discussion With Dave
  90. Sunday, June 14, 1:30-2 P.m., Jim Frederick's Kenpo Karate School
  91. Two Single Stick Fights That Went To The Ground
  92. Breaking Rhythm In A Machete Duel
  93. The Mechanics Of Scoring The Stick-fighting Master Stroke
  94. Hosted By Pat & Lou Pierce, 6/14/15, At A Parkville Location Yet To Be Determined
  95. James And Cory Experiment With The Synthetic Blunt Sword
  96. Just In Print From DarkEyedGirl Books
  97. Building Stick Stroke Mechanics: Answering A Video Coaching Request From Athenian Alex
  98. A Vintage Machete Duel Between Kestle & LaFond
  99. Empty Hand And Armed Training
  100. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 1:00 P.m. Jim Frederick's Kenpo
  101. Modern Agonistics Event Update
  102. Beauties In Beast Mode: Why Are So Many Men Applauding Masculine Women? By Jack Donovan
  103. The Wars Of The Ancient Greeks By Victor Davis Hansen
  104. A Man Question From Brooklyn Shane
  105. Achieving Self-evolution Through Combat
  106. A Combat Confessional
  107. A Race-mixing Road Trip
  108. Notes On The Fighter’s Subconscious Eye
  109. Notes On Fight Conditioning Past Fifty Without Healthcare
  110. 5/18/14: Charles Versus James
  111. Why It Happens
  112. The First Modern Agonistics Alpha Brawl
  113. Combat Arts Pitfalls For The Big Man
  114. An Agonistics Anonymous Update
  115. A Modern Agonistics Challenge
  116. Saturday April 19th 2014
  117. An Agonistics Guide To Round-Robin Scoring With Blades
  118. A Real Boxing Self-defense Story From Harm City, Maryland
  119. A Modern Munera For A Recently Passed Martial Arts Patriarch
  120. A Blade-based Agon
  121. FMA Wand Strikes Examined
  122. Set One: The Snake & The Fan
  123. The First Step To Surviving A Stick-fight
  124. Baltimore Area Training Schedule As Of 1/5/14
  125. Modern Agonistics Submission Combat Meets
  126. The Worst Combat Idea Since The French Knights Decided To Walk A Mile In The Mud At Agincourt: Agonistics Anonymous
  127. A Minimal Gear Contact Progression
  128. Tony Cygan Training For A Comeback
  129. An Agonistics Knife Application Drill
  130. An Agonistics Knife Application Drill
  131. An Addendum To Winter Of A Fighting Life
  132. Fist Stick Blade
  133. Handicapping Knife Sparring & Competition
  134. Adapting Agonistics Principles For The Female Defender
  135. The 8 Most Effective Knife Strokes
  136. The 7 Most Effective Stick Strokes With Economy Of Motion
  137. Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2-4 PM
  138. Saturday, November 2, 2013: 2-4 PM
  139. Footwork, Coordination, Power & Stamina
  140. Six FMA Counts & The Modern Agonistics Count
  141. Five Stick Sparring Methods Adapted From Boxing
  142. Baltimore Sessions As Of July 6 2013
  143. For Men Only: Effective May, 31 2015
  144. A Case Study In Reality-based Esoteric Applications
  145. A Case Study In Parochial Miscommunication
  146. A Report For A Baltimore Area JKD Instructor
  147. Five Blunt Machete Duels Scheduled For Agon 2013
  148. Modern Agonistics Challenge Meet
  149. Kinetic Photo Diary #1: Late March 2013
  150. Specific Procedures For Our May 25th Meet
  151. Jon Bais Instructing
  152. Keeping Your Head In Weapon Sparring And Competition
  153. A Contact Weaponry Video Archive
  154. A Hybrid Jeet Kune Do Oriented Filipino Weaponry Class
  155. Modern Agonistics Contact Weaponry Selections
  156. Modern Agonistics Contact Weaponry Selections
  157. Countermeasures By Jim Frederick, Behavior & Scenarios By James LaFond
  158. Notes On Using Fencing Masks With Wooden Blunts
  159. A Modern Code Duello
  160. A 2009 Report For PickYourFight Promotions
  161. Bag Drill For Stick-fighting
  162. Bag Drill For Stick-fighting
  163. Integrating Strokes And Footwork For Combat
  164. Tips On Contact Weaponry Evolutions
  165. Bais Tres Manos With Jun Paliangayan: 10/6/2012
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