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