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Modern Agonistics
Just in Print from DarkEyedGirl Books
© 2015 James LaFond
APR/5/15
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.
If you would like to get your callused hands on our collective training and competition journal, covering our methods and activities from 1998 thru 2014, click on the link below.
Bag Work
modern agonistics
Dueling With the Cold Steel Gladius
eBook
let the world fend for itself
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sorcerer!
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fiction anthology one
eBook
the greatest boxer
eBook
z-pill forever
eBook
logic of steel
eBook
america the brutal
eBook
winter of a fighting life
eBook
the sunset saga complete
eBook
the gods of boxing
eBook
orphan nation
eBook
under the god of things
eBook
logic of force
eBook
the lesser angels of our nature
eBook
taboo you
eBook
book of nightmares
eBook
beasts of aryas
eBook
son of a lesser god
eBook
by the wine dark sea
eBook
honor among men
eBook
when you're food
eBook
songs of aryas
eBook
your trojan whorse
eBook
fate
eBook
uncle satan
eBook
within leviathan’s craw
eBook
night city
eBook
into leviathan’s maw
eBook
the year the world took the z-pill
eBook
cracker-boy
eBook
triumph
eBook
ranger?
eBook
all-power-fighting
eBook
time & cosmos
eBook
blue eyed daughter of zeus
eBook
dark, distant futures
eBook
on combat
eBook
song of the secret gardener
eBook
the combat space
eBook
broken dance
eBook
thriving in bad places
eBook
wife—
eBook
sons of aryas
eBook
the first boxers
eBook
the greatest lie ever sold
eBook
solo boxing
eBook
masculine axis
eBook
the fighting edge
eBook
on the overton railroad
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fanatic
eBook
advent america
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menthol rampage
eBook
barbarism versus civilization
eBook
predation
eBook
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