The Modern Study of Renaissance Martial Arts
History, Heritage, Exercise, Camaraderie, and Self-Defense.

New to this Subject?

Have an interest in Medieval and Renaissance swords and real European fencing?

Want to get involved in learning and practicing?

Don't know where to start or just don't have anyone serious in your area?

Well, that's what our organization and website are all about.

See this section: The Modern Study of Renaissance Martial Arts.

Our member structure is designed to guide and interact with practitioners and help them find fellow enthusiasts of all levels.

See the Membership section for details about becoming an Associate member or joining a Study Group.

Though we may not have any members in your area yet, it has to start somewhere with someone after all. Most every member was on their own when they first started. Also, check our Practice Partners page and try posting on our discussion Forum.

Exploring authentic Renaissance martial arts in a real way is an exciting and growing subject! Come see what we are doing in setting the standard.

New to our Site?

Our public website contains a tremendous amount of wide-ranging materials to educate and stimulate any interested student of any experience level. Here's a quick guide:

Our private Members Only area resources features specialized information and extensive membership materials as well as online Study Guides.

In addition to our public resources, our organization also conducts frequent member seminars of our Member Training Program semianr event series and also Renaissance Fencing Workshops open to the public.

You can learn more about our subject, what we do and how and why we go about it the way we do by reading the About ARMA page, the links there on Renaissance martial arts, and the ARMA Method. 

Our Articles and Essays page hosts a wide range of interesting pieces that are a great way to see the challenges and topics we explore, while our Spotlight section covers some of our past events and highlights interesting activities.  Be sure to see the Top Myths of RMA.

To understand the depth and challenge of exploring this craft, read: The Top Myths of Renaisaance Martial Arts here and Interview with Director John Clements here.

The Research & Reading List, along with links to informative and motivating sections of our site, also compiles major books we recommend that will provide you a firm foundation for beginning in this subject.

We also feature FAQ, Index, and What's New pages that are useful to newcomers, while our Links page presents informative sites and similar groups along with some distributors of arms and equipment.

Our respected public discussion Forum consists of a most polite general research board open to any historical fencing topic, as well as more specific boards for unarmed fighting and technical discussions of study. Novices and newcomers are always welcome.

Interested in doing some research or personal exploration? We host a multitude of rare Historical Manuals and Texts on these fighting arts along with related texts and images. Around our site is a wealth of other art, documents, and articles of interest about Medieval and Renaissance combat for your enrichment.

Importantly, to really grasp what the challenge of our craft is all about today, read this peice on Core Assumptions.

Finally, to see some of what we do in our classes, events, and Study Groups and what ARMA is really all about in our earnest pursuit of these lost combat systems, we have Videos pages that say it all.

To see a list of our Upcoming Events that might be near you, go to either the homepage or the Forum main page.

Help Assist Your Fellows

Aid your fellows with what experiences and observations you have had and what progress you are making with your skill in the Art and within our curricula. Whether you are a novice or an experienced student, new to the study of the source teachings or a veteran practitioner and amateur scholar, we all work together. We welcome everyone writing tips and notes, offering their experiences and insights, posing questions on all areas, and suggesting answers for each other. Participate by posting to our Google E-List or sending in original pieces for consideration to the Director or Deputy Director.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us!

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of Renaissance martial arts.

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