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Welcome to the ARMA Forum

Dear Scholars of the sword: The ARMA Forum is a free, online symposium and moderated message board open to members, colleagues, and guests for the purpose of open dialogue, intelligent discourse, and rigorous but respectful exchange of ideas on the subject of historical-fencing and fighting arts of European martial culture. This is a formal discussion and research board. Our focus is on training and practice, research and scholarship, sparring, swords, weaponry, arms and armor, and Medieval and Renaissance fighting skills. The Forum provides a safe haven both for eager novices and learned students that is free of casual chatter, role-playing concerns, theatrical theory, sport fencing interests, advertising, organizational rivalry, vendettas, 'cheerleading', and flaming or baiting. Feel free to post general interest as well as ARMA-specific messages. However, please be aware, unlike similar forums we exercise a ZERO TOLERANCE policy toward off topic messages, impolite behavior, and personal attacks. Violations will be deleted and posters blocked. The ARMA forum adheres with discipline to a specific subject of Medieval and Renaissance fencing studies.

The ARMA public forum is provided as a courtesy for general discussion of our subject. Please note it does not serve as the main vehicle for member discussions of curricula and materials. That role is filled by a private ARMA member's email list.

To participate, all user profiles require a complete first and last legal name. You must identify yourself, no pseudonyms or nicknames.

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What's New   Upcoming ARMA Events

The Ongoing Challenge of Modern Sword Design and Sword Making

"Seek to thoroughly understand..."

Editorial: Reflection and Personal Growth in Renaissance Martial Arts Study

Brent Smith Lifestyle Interview with John Clements

"Art of Swords" Interview with ARMA Director John Clements

"Art of Swords" Interview with Deputy Director John Farthing

Editorial: Authentic Mare & Historical European Fighting Arts on Television? ...Don't hold your breath

Recounting Experiences with a TV Documentary on Knight vs. Samurai

Challenges and Rewards

PBS NOVA: Secrets of the Viking Sword

Meditatio et Contemplatio


- Open Workshop: Longsword Essentials - Columbus, OH - Feb. 1, 2015
- Closes & Gryps Workshop - Iron Door Studio - Feb. 28, 2015
- ARMA International Gathering 2015 -  Houston, Texas - August 14-16, 2015

* please note all dates are tentative until listed otherwise


Note: ARMA - The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts and the ARMA logo are federally registered trademarks, copyright 2001. All rights reserved. No use of the ARMA name or emblem is permitted without authorization. Reproduction of material from this site without written permission of the authors is strictly prohibited. HACA and The Historical Armed Combat Association copyright 1999 by John Clements. All rights reserved. Contents of this site 1999 by ARMA.