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