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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. Forming A New Experimental Training Group
  2. Training For My Final Fights On May 20, At Man Weekend 2023: 9/24/22, Utah
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  4. Man Weekend 2022: 6/13/2022
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  11. Man Weekend 2022: 6/10/2022
  12. Man Weekend 2022: 6/15/2022
  13. East Tennessee: June 10, 2022
  14. Video Highlights And A Message From The Man Weekend Boss
  15. The Great Man Discussed By A Gutter Gnome
  16. Warhorse Podcast #31: An Affair Of Honor Part Two
  17. An Invitation Only Agonistics Meet In June 2022
  18. Yeti Waters Relief Society HQ: 12/11/21
  19. Bradley Is Wondering About Crackpot Combat Training: Dateline 11/7/21
  20. JW Cues The Crackpot On Free-standing Striking Apparatus
  21. CB MacCull Asks The Crackpot About Knife Fighting Activity
  22. Baruch Queries The Crackpot On Starting A Stick Fighting Club
  23. Jason Wonders At The Winter Of A Fighting Life And The Downside Of Combat Training
  24. Non-Elastic Mister Ney Wants To Know How To Use The Polypropylene Buckler From Cold Steel
  25. Urban Survival Training In An Eastern Synonymous State, July 18-19
  26. Electric Dan Is Curious About Stick-Fighting With Fencers
  27. Electric Dan Wants To Know About The Practicality Of A Weapon In Each Hand
  28. Practical Defense Video 6
  29. The Toughest Man I Knew
  30. Crackpot Podcast #76
  31. Dennis Documenting Crackpot Combatives
  32. Dennis And James Discuss The Training Snake
  33. Crackpot Mailbox: Mars Ultor And Escaped From Baltimore Discuss Tire Thumping
  34. Man Weekend 2019 Stick Fights
  35. An Evolution Of Freestyle Stick-Fighting And Blunt Machete Dueling In Maryland-Pennsylvania: 2004-19
  36. Highlights From Lancaster Agonistics
  37. Crackpot Mailbox: MRT And James Discuss Anarcho-Tranny* Weaponry And Fat Girls!
  38. Crackpot Mailbox: ‘In An Introduction To Combat And Fitness?’ Maximus Rex Wants To Know
  39. Comparing Stamina Before And After 3 Months Of Alpine Training
  40. Viking Vs Erique Axe Knife Man Weekend 2018
  41. Steel Duel Man Weekend 2018
  42. A Modern Agonistics Blunt Steel Duel
  43. Three Videos On Minimal Contact Coach Sparring With Blunt Extension Weapons
  44. Notes On Slow Sparring With Overweight Weapons
  45. Notes On Sparring With Heavy 30 To 36 Inch Sticks
  46. Sean And James On This Year’s Man Weekend
  47. Notes On Re-Forging A Half-Worn Soul
  48. By Lancaster Agonistics
  49. T-Ball Bat Training: As An Exercise And A Weapon
  50. Employing Cultural Appropriation As A Masculine Virtue?
  51. Footage Of Our July Meet In Out Of Service, PA
  52. Nero The Pict Versus The Khan
  53. Modern Agonistics: Boxing, Knife Fighting, Machete Dueling, Stick Fighting And Urban Survival Methods
  54. Among The Men Of The Hanged God, Out Of Service, PA, 7/22-23/2017
  55. A Crucifix Post Video
  56. Modern Agonistics Training Video
  57. Notes On A Modern Version Of The Palus
  58. A Modern Agonistics Q&A With Lynn Lockhart
  59. Training In Southern Pennsylvania With Sean Glass
  60. A Time And Measure Drill With Focus Mitts, Not Punching Mitts
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