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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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A Crucifix Post Video
Modern Agonistics Training Video
Notes On A Modern Version Of The Palus
A Modern Agonistics Q&A With Lynn Lockhart
Training In Southern Pennsylvania With Sean Glass
A Time And Measure Drill With Focus Mitts, Not Punching Mitts
Learning How To Deal With The KO Puncher In Your Bag Work
An Introduction To The Use Of The Fist
The Roof Block Drill: Training To Defend Against The Overhand With A Stick
Dehumanizing The Antagonist In A Primal Way, With The Stick Slash
A Demonstration Of Primitive Single-Edged Knife Use Against An Unarmed Attacker
Defending Against The Knife Stab With No Weapon: A Video Contact Drill
Realistic Size Relationships Between Antagonists
An Extension Weapon Review For Jeremy Bentham
A Briefing On Weapon Retention
Sam Jay’s Training Video: An Instructional On Extension Weapons
Demonstrating Rocky Mountain Black Hawthorn Crafted As A Hoodrat Warding Baton
Some Old Fat Guy Who Looks Like He Just Rolled Out Of Bed Attacks A Yellow Dindu Double Amputee!
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