The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts ( http://www.thearma.org) is an international organization dedicated to the study and practice of the martial arts of Renaissance Europe. Using source manuals written by the Renaissance masters themselves, we use historically accurate training tools to interpret and reconstruct the fighting skills of our Western heritage. ARMA has Study Groups all across the United States and in several countries around the world, including Mexico, Poland, and Greece. Houston is currently home to two Study Groups, with the first being founded back in 1996 by ARMA Director and internationally renowned sword expert John Clements.
Students start by learning the core principles of fighting with the two-handed longsword, with the opportunity later to learn skills in other weapons including single sword, rapier, sword & buckler, sword & dagger, dagger, messer or dussack, quarterstaff, and unarmed combat grappling from instructors with up to 10 years of experience. Regional gatherings of Study Groups and special training seminars are held several times a year. We guarantee you will get lots of exercise and make lots of friends if you stay in this group for very long!
For more information on local practices, see our Study Group website:
Why are you called the North Siders if you practice in Missouri City? Originally there was only one Study Group in Houston which practiced in Missouri City, and most of our regular members at that time lived on the north side of Houston. When another group formed in the Friendswood/Clear Lake area (now defunct), we tried to find a new practice location further north, but nobody could give us a better deal than Missouri City, so although we hail from the north, we practice in the south because that's what invading Northmen do.