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