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.

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What's New   Upcoming ARMA Events

"All of Them and None of Them"


The Classical View of Swordsmanship Becoming Sport

The Contextual Dilemma of Learning Self-Defence

"If I Had a Hammer..."

Swordsmen and Swordsmiths - Restoring an Ancient Relationship

Two Analogies for Renaissance Martial Arts Study

Editorial: The Sorry State of Academic Journal Writing on Medieval and Renaissance Combat Arts

Vaage, Reverse Posture, & Turned Foot in Armor

Feeling in Time


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* please note all dates are tentative until listed otherwise


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