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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. An Invitation Only Agonistics Meet In June 2022
  2. Yeti Waters Relief Society HQ: 12/11/21
  3. Bradley Is Wondering About Crackpot Combat Training: Dateline 11/7/21
  4. JW Cues The Crackpot On Free-standing Striking Apparatus
  5. CB MacCull Asks The Crackpot About Knife Fighting Activity
  6. Baruch Queries The Crackpot On Starting A Stick Fighting Club
  7. Jason Wonders At The Winter Of A Fighting Life And The Downside Of Combat Training
  8. Non-Elastic Mister Ney Wants To Know How To Use The Polypropylene Buckler From Cold Steel
  9. Urban Survival Training In An Eastern Synonymous State, July 18-19
  10. Electric Dan Is Curious About Stick-Fighting With Fencers
  11. Electric Dan Wants To Know About The Practicality Of A Weapon In Each Hand
  12. Practical Defense Video 6
  13. The Toughest Man I Knew
  14. Crackpot Podcast #76
  15. Dennis Documenting Crackpot Combatives
  16. Dennis And James Discuss The Training Snake
  17. Crackpot Mailbox: Mars Ultor And Escaped From Baltimore Discuss Tire Thumping
  18. Man Weekend 2019 Stick Fights
  19. An Evolution Of Freestyle Stick-Fighting And Blunt Machete Dueling In Maryland-Pennsylvania: 2004-19
  20. Highlights From Lancaster Agonistics
  21. Crackpot Mailbox: MRT And James Discuss Anarcho-Tranny* Weaponry And Fat Girls!
  22. Crackpot Mailbox: ‘In An Introduction To Combat And Fitness?’ Maximus Rex Wants To Know
  23. Comparing Stamina Before And After 3 Months Of Alpine Training
  24. Viking Vs Erique Axe Knife Man Weekend 2018
  25. Steel Duel Man Weekend 2018
  26. A Modern Agonistics Blunt Steel Duel
  27. Three Videos On Minimal Contact Coach Sparring With Blunt Extension Weapons
  28. Notes On Slow Sparring With Overweight Weapons
  29. Notes On Sparring With Heavy 30 To 36 Inch Sticks
  30. Sean And James On This Year’s Man Weekend
  31. Notes On Re-Forging A Half-Worn Soul
  32. By Lancaster Agonistics
  33. T-Ball Bat Training: As An Exercise And A Weapon
  34. Employing Cultural Appropriation As A Masculine Virtue?
  35. Footage Of Our July Meet In Out Of Service, PA
  36. Nero The Pict Versus The Khan
  37. Modern Agonistics: Boxing, Knife Fighting, Machete Dueling, Stick Fighting And Urban Survival Methods
  38. Among The Men Of The Hanged God, Out Of Service, PA, 7/22-23/2017
  39. A Crucifix Post Video
  40. Modern Agonistics Training Video
  41. Notes On A Modern Version Of The Palus
  42. A Modern Agonistics Q&A With Lynn Lockhart
  43. Training In Southern Pennsylvania With Sean Glass
  44. A Time And Measure Drill With Focus Mitts, Not Punching Mitts
  45. Learning How To Deal With The KO Puncher In Your Bag Work
  46. An Introduction To The Use Of The Fist
  47. The Roof Block Drill: Training To Defend Against The Overhand With A Stick
  48. Dehumanizing The Antagonist In A Primal Way, With The Stick Slash
  49. A Demonstration Of Primitive Single-Edged Knife Use Against An Unarmed Attacker
  50. Defending Against The Knife Stab With No Weapon: A Video Contact Drill
  51. Realistic Size Relationships Between Antagonists
  52. An Extension Weapon Review For Jeremy Bentham
  53. A Briefing On Weapon Retention
  54. Sam Jay’s Training Video: An Instructional On Extension Weapons
  55. Demonstrating Rocky Mountain Black Hawthorn Crafted As A Hoodrat Warding Baton
  56. Some Old Fat Guy Who Looks Like He Just Rolled Out Of Bed Attacks A Yellow Dindu Double Amputee!
  57. Oliver From The Beat Catches James Training Behind The Old Plantation House
  58. Modern Agonistics Kindle Edition
  59. The End Of My Coaching Road
  60. Erique, Nick, Sean And James Stick-Fighting In The May Rain On The Shoulder Of A Pennsylvania Mountain
  61. A Man Question From Rick Wayne On Selecting A Combat Art
  62. A Man Question From Sean About Matching Stick-Fighters
  63. Sparring On The Net-Removed Basketball Court: 8/11/16
  64. Developing Adaptable Time And Measure For Hand-to-Hand Mayhem
  65. Notes On Coach-Sparring
  66. Baltimore Training Schedule As Of July, 2016
  67. Handling Firearms In Halifax, PA 5/21/16
  68. My Last Stick Fight, Halifax, PA, 5/21/2016
  69. A Modern Agonistics Fighter Is Writing For An MMA Webzine
  70. A Man Weekend, 2016 Challenge: What About That Amistad Duel, Oliver Wendell Hayes?
  71. Calling Out Cory For Man Weekend 2016
  72. A Man Weekend, 2016 Challenge: Erique, Three Rounds Of FMA, Your Choice Of Weapons
  73. Man Weekend 2016: An Open Challenge To Members Of Lancaster Agonistics
  74. Saturday, 4/16 & Sunday, 4/17: 12-1 Each Day
  75. Knife Practice 20 March, 2016
  76. Down But Not Out
  77. Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12-1 P.m.
  78. The Lancaster Agonistics Man Weekend
  79. Modern Agonistics Fighters Asked To Fight At An April Event
  80. Combination Sparring
  81. Stick Boxing & Uneven Double Stick
  82. Stick Basics #4 Footwork Steps & Drills
  83. Adapting FMA Counts To Solo Training: Stick Basics #3 Stroke Catalog
  84. Stick Fighting Basics #2 Stroke Fundamentals
  85. Stick Basics #1 Forearm Conditioning Exercises
  86. Agonistics And Boxing Update
  87. Boxing, Stick-Fighting And Knife-fighting Drills And Sparring
  88. Cory’s Farewell Agon: Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:30 P.m. At Jim Frederick’s Kenpo
  89. Charles & James Fight It Out For Gabriel's Legacy Black Sash
  90. Attention Sean, Dave, Alex And Kolya: Four Different Styles Of Mobility In Full Contact Round Robin Session
  91. Damien And James Attempt To Recreate Roman Scissor Combat
  92. Basic Body Mechanics
  93. Sean's Agon: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:00 A.M., A Sensibly Brutal Celebration Of Masculinity
  94. Damien Using Low-line Kicks Versus James From A Set Of 2005 Steel Bouts
  95. A Contact Record
  96. A Stick Work Discussion With Dave
  97. Sunday, June 14, 1:30-2 P.m., Jim Frederick's Kenpo Karate School
  98. Two Single Stick Fights That Went To The Ground
  99. Breaking Rhythm In A Machete Duel
  100. The Mechanics Of Scoring The Stick-fighting Master Stroke
  101. Hosted By Pat & Lou Pierce, 6/14/15, At A Parkville Location Yet To Be Determined
  102. James And Cory Experiment With The Synthetic Blunt Sword
  103. Just In Print From DarkEyedGirl Books
  104. Building Stick Stroke Mechanics: Answering A Video Coaching Request From Athenian Alex
  105. A Vintage Machete Duel Between Kestle & LaFond
  106. Empty Hand And Armed Training
  107. Sunday, November 30, 2014, 1:00 P.m. Jim Frederick's Kenpo
  108. Modern Agonistics Event Update
  109. Beauties In Beast Mode: Why Are So Many Men Applauding Masculine Women? By Jack Donovan
  110. The Wars Of The Ancient Greeks By Victor Davis Hansen
  111. A Man Question From Brooklyn Shane
  112. Achieving Self-evolution Through Combat
  113. A Combat Confessional
  114. A Race-mixing Road Trip
  115. Notes On The Fighter’s Subconscious Eye
  116. Notes On Fight Conditioning Past Fifty Without Healthcare
  117. 5/18/14: Charles Versus James
  118. Why It Happens
  119. The First Modern Agonistics Alpha Brawl
  120. Combat Arts Pitfalls For The Big Man
  121. An Agonistics Anonymous Update
  122. A Modern Agonistics Challenge
  123. Saturday April 19th 2014
  124. An Agonistics Guide To Round-Robin Scoring With Blades
  125. A Real Boxing Self-defense Story From Harm City, Maryland
  126. A Modern Munera For A Recently Passed Martial Arts Patriarch
  127. A Blade-based Agon
  128. FMA Wand Strikes Examined
  129. Set One: The Snake & The Fan
  130. The First Step To Surviving A Stick-fight
  131. Baltimore Area Training Schedule As Of 1/5/14
  132. Modern Agonistics Submission Combat Meets
  133. The Worst Combat Idea Since The French Knights Decided To Walk A Mile In The Mud At Agincourt: Agonistics Anonymous
  134. A Minimal Gear Contact Progression
  135. Tony Cygan Training For A Comeback
  136. An Agonistics Knife Application Drill
  137. An Agonistics Knife Application Drill
  138. An Addendum To Winter Of A Fighting Life
  139. Fist Stick Blade
  140. Handicapping Knife Sparring & Competition
  141. Adapting Agonistics Principles For The Female Defender
  142. The 8 Most Effective Knife Strokes
  143. The 7 Most Effective Stick Strokes With Economy Of Motion
  144. Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2-4 PM
  145. Saturday, November 2, 2013: 2-4 PM
  146. Footwork, Coordination, Power & Stamina
  147. Six FMA Counts & The Modern Agonistics Count
  148. Five Stick Sparring Methods Adapted From Boxing
  149. Baltimore Sessions As Of July 6 2013
  150. For Men Only: Effective May, 31 2015
  151. A Case Study In Reality-based Esoteric Applications
  152. A Case Study In Parochial Miscommunication
  153. A Report For A Baltimore Area JKD Instructor
  154. Five Blunt Machete Duels Scheduled For Agon 2013
  155. Modern Agonistics Challenge Meet
  156. Kinetic Photo Diary #1: Late March 2013
  157. Specific Procedures For Our May 25th Meet
  158. Jon Bais Instructing
  159. Keeping Your Head In Weapon Sparring And Competition
  160. A Contact Weaponry Video Archive
  161. A Hybrid Jeet Kune Do Oriented Filipino Weaponry Class
  162. Modern Agonistics Contact Weaponry Selections
  163. Modern Agonistics Contact Weaponry Selections
  164. Countermeasures By Jim Frederick, Behavior & Scenarios By James LaFond
  165. Notes On Using Fencing Masks With Wooden Blunts
  166. A Modern Code Duello
  167. A 2009 Report For PickYourFight Promotions
  168. Bag Drill For Stick-fighting
  169. Bag Drill For Stick-fighting
  170. Integrating Strokes And Footwork For Combat
  171. Tips On Contact Weaponry Evolutions
  172. Bais Tres Manos With Jun Paliangayan: 10/6/2012
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