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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. Man Weekend 2019 Stick Fights
  2. An Evolution Of Freestyle Stick-Fighting And Blunt Machete Dueling In Maryland-Pennsylvania: 2004-19
  3. Highlights From Lancaster Agonistics
  4. Crackpot Mailbox: MRT And James Discuss Anarcho-Tranny* Weaponry And Fat Girls!
  5. Crackpot Mailbox: ‘In An Introduction To Combat And Fitness?’ Maximus Rex Wants To Know
  6. Comparing Stamina Before And After 3 Months Of Alpine Training
  7. Viking Vs Erique Axe Knife Man Weekend 2018
  8. Steel Duel Man Weekend 2018
  9. A Modern Agonistics Blunt Steel Duel
  10. Three Videos On Minimal Contact Coach Sparring With Blunt Extension Weapons
  11. Notes On Slow Sparring With Overweight Weapons
  12. Notes On Sparring With Heavy 30 To 36 Inch Sticks
  13. Sean And James On This Year’s Man Weekend
  14. Notes On Re-Forging A Half-Worn Soul
  15. By Lancaster Agonistics
  16. T-Ball Bat Training: As An Exercise And A Weapon
  17. Employing Cultural Appropriation As A Masculine Virtue?
  18. Footage Of Our July Meet In Out Of Service, PA
  19. Nero The Pict Versus The Khan
  20. Modern Agonistics: Boxing, Knife Fighting, Machete Dueling, Stick Fighting And Urban Survival Methods
  21. Among The Men Of The Hanged God, Out Of Service, PA, 7/22-23/2017
  22. A Crucifix Post Video
  23. Modern Agonistics Training Video
  24. Notes On A Modern Version Of The Palus
  25. A Modern Agonistics Q&A With Lynn Lockhart
  26. Training In Southern Pennsylvania With Sean Glass
  27. A Time And Measure Drill With Focus Mitts, Not Punching Mitts
  28. Learning How To Deal With The KO Puncher In Your Bag Work
  29. An Introduction To The Use Of The Fist
  30. The Roof Block Drill: Training To Defend Against The Overhand With A Stick
  31. Dehumanizing The Antagonist In A Primal Way, With The Stick Slash
  32. A Demonstration Of Primitive Single-Edged Knife Use Against An Unarmed Attacker
  33. Defending Against The Knife Stab With No Weapon: A Video Contact Drill
  34. Realistic Size Relationships Between Antagonists
  35. An Extension Weapon Review For Jeremy Bentham
  36. A Briefing On Weapon Retention
  37. Sam Jay’s Training Video: An Instructional On Extension Weapons
  38. Demonstrating Rocky Mountain Black Hawthorn Crafted As A Hoodrat Warding Baton
  39. Some Old Fat Guy Who Looks Like He Just Rolled Out Of Bed Attacks A Yellow Dindu Double Amputee!
  40. Oliver From The Beat Catches James Training Behind The Old Plantation House
  41. Modern Agonistics Kindle Edition
  42. The End Of My Coaching Road
  43. Erique, Nick, Sean And James Stick-Fighting In The May Rain On The Shoulder Of A Pennsylvania Mountain
  44. A Man Question From Rick Wayne On Selecting A Combat Art
  45. A Man Question From Sean About Matching Stick-Fighters
  46. Sparring On The Net-Removed Basketball Court: 8/11/16
  47. Developing Adaptable Time And Measure For Hand-to-Hand Mayhem
  48. Notes On Coach-Sparring
  49. Baltimore Training Schedule As Of July, 2016
  50. Handling Firearms In Halifax, PA 5/21/16
  51. My Last Stick Fight, Halifax, PA, 5/21/2016
  52. A Modern Agonistics Fighter Is Writing For An MMA Webzine
  53. A Man Weekend, 2016 Challenge: What About That Amistad Duel, Oliver Wendell Hayes?
  54. Calling Out Cory For Man Weekend 2016
  55. A Man Weekend, 2016 Challenge: Erique, Three Rounds Of FMA, Your Choice Of Weapons
  56. Man Weekend 2016: An Open Challenge To Members Of Lancaster Agonistics
  57. Saturday, 4/16 & Sunday, 4/17: 12-1 Each Day
  58. Knife Practice 20 March, 2016
  59. Down But Not Out
  60. Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12-1 P.m.
  61. The Lancaster Agonistics Man Weekend
  62. Modern Agonistics Fighters Asked To Fight At An April Event
  63. Combination Sparring
  64. Stick Boxing & Uneven Double Stick
  65. Stick Basics #4 Footwork Steps & Drills
  66. Adapting FMA Counts To Solo Training: Stick Basics #3 Stroke Catalog
  67. Stick Fighting Basics #2 Stroke Fundamentals
  68. Stick Basics #1 Forearm Conditioning Exercises
  69. Agonistics And Boxing Update
  70. Boxing, Stick-Fighting And Knife-fighting Drills And Sparring
  71. Cory’s Farewell Agon: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:30 P.m. At Jim Frederick’s Kenpo
  72. Charles & James Fight It Out For Gabriel's Legacy Black Sash
  73. Attention Sean, Dave, Alex And Kolya: Four Different Styles Of Mobility In Full Contact Round Robin Session
  74. Damien And James Attempt To Recreate Roman Scissor Combat
  75. Basic Body Mechanics
  76. Sean's Agon: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:00 A.M., A Sensibly Brutal Celebration Of Masculinity
  77. Damien Using Low-line Kicks Versus James From A Set Of 2005 Steel Bouts
  78. A Contact Record
  79. A Stick Work Discussion With Dave
  80. Sunday, June 14, 1:30-2 P.m., Jim Frederick's Kenpo Karate School
  81. Two Single Stick Fights That Went To The Ground
  82. Breaking Rhythm In A Machete Duel
  83. The Mechanics Of Scoring The Stick-fighting Master Stroke
  84. Hosted By Pat & Lou Pierce, 6/14/15, At A Parkville Location Yet To Be Determined
  85. James And Cory Experiment With The Synthetic Blunt Sword
  86. Just In Print From DarkEyedGirl Books
  87. Building Stick Stroke Mechanics: Answering A Video Coaching Request From Athenian Alex
  88. A Vintage Machete Duel Between Kestle & LaFond
  89. Empty Hand And Armed Training
  90. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 1:00 P.m. Jim Frederick's Kenpo
  91. Modern Agonistics Event Update
  92. Beauties In Beast Mode: Why Are So Many Men Applauding Masculine Women? By Jack Donovan
  93. The Wars Of The Ancient Greeks By Victor Davis Hansen
  94. A Man Question From Brooklyn Shane
  95. Achieving Self-evolution Through Combat
  96. A Combat Confessional
  97. A Race-mixing Road Trip
  98. Notes On The Fighter’s Subconscious Eye
  99. Notes On Fight Conditioning Past Fifty Without Healthcare
  100. 5/18/14: Charles Versus James
  101. Why It Happens
  102. The First Modern Agonistics Alpha Brawl
  103. Combat Arts Pitfalls For The Big Man
  104. An Agonistics Anonymous Update
  105. A Modern Agonistics Challenge
  106. Saturday April 19th 2014
  107. An Agonistics Guide To Round-Robin Scoring With Blades
  108. A Real Boxing Self-defense Story From Harm City, Maryland
  109. A Modern Munera For A Recently Passed Martial Arts Patriarch
  110. A Blade-based Agon
  111. FMA Wand Strikes Examined
  112. Set One: The Snake & The Fan
  113. The First Step To Surviving A Stick-fight
  114. Baltimore Area Training Schedule As Of 1/5/14
  115. Modern Agonistics Submission Combat Meets
  116. The Worst Combat Idea Since The French Knights Decided To Walk A Mile In The Mud At Agincourt: Agonistics Anonymous
  117. A Minimal Gear Contact Progression
  118. Tony Cygan Training For A Comeback
  119. An Agonistics Knife Application Drill
  120. An Agonistics Knife Application Drill
  121. An Addendum To Winter Of A Fighting Life
  122. Fist Stick Blade
  123. Handicapping Knife Sparring & Competition
  124. Adapting Agonistics Principles For The Female Defender
  125. The 8 Most Effective Knife Strokes
  126. The 7 Most Effective Stick Strokes With Economy Of Motion
  127. Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2-4 PM
  128. Saturday, November 2, 2013: 2-4 PM
  129. Footwork, Coordination, Power & Stamina
  130. Six FMA Counts & The Modern Agonistics Count
  131. Five Stick Sparring Methods Adapted From Boxing
  132. Baltimore Sessions As Of July 6 2013
  133. For Men Only: Effective May, 31 2015
  134. A Case Study In Reality-based Esoteric Applications
  135. A Case Study In Parochial Miscommunication
  136. A Report For A Baltimore Area JKD Instructor
  137. Five Blunt Machete Duels Scheduled For Agon 2013
  138. Modern Agonistics Challenge Meet
  139. Kinetic Photo Diary #1: Late March 2013
  140. Specific Procedures For Our May 25th Meet
  141. Jon Bais Instructing
  142. Keeping Your Head In Weapon Sparring And Competition
  143. A Contact Weaponry Video Archive
  144. A Hybrid Jeet Kune Do Oriented Filipino Weaponry Class
  145. Modern Agonistics Contact Weaponry Selections
  146. Modern Agonistics Contact Weaponry Selections
  147. Countermeasures By Jim Frederick, Behavior & Scenarios By James LaFond
  148. Notes On Using Fencing Masks With Wooden Blunts
  149. A Modern Code Duello
  150. A 2009 Report For PickYourFight Promotions
  151. Bag Drill For Stick-fighting
  152. Bag Drill For Stick-fighting
  153. Integrating Strokes And Footwork For Combat
  154. Tips On Contact Weaponry Evolutions
  155. Bais Tres Manos With Jun Paliangayan: 10/6/2012
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