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Welcome to the official site of ARMA Denton, the local study group for the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts representing Denton, Texas. The ARMA is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the study and practice of historical fencing and the exploration and promotion of our Western martial heritage. We strive to revitalize a martial tradition whose methods and techniques have been preserved almost exclusively in written records, illustrations, iconography, and surviving artifacts. Our focus is on the interpretation and legitimate reconstruction of medieval and Renaissance combat systems as a modern discipline. Our program allows people to freely and seriously practice this subject without the concerns of staged fighting and sporting play, or the distractions of role-playing and fantasy.

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On 24 February, the ARMA Denton study group held their first harnischfechten (armored fighting) session at South Lakes Park. Members Tom and Lonnie donned plate armor and sparred with pollaxes prior to the start of regular weekly practice. In their first bout, they used pollaxes made of polyurethane that were acquired directly from Cap-a-pie. For their second bout, they employed pollaxes made of thermoset plastic that were ordered from Helgi's True History Shop through Facebook.

A short clip of the action was filmed using a 360fly camera mounted to Lonnie's cuirass (breastplate). It has been posted to the Knyghtly Armes Channel on YouTube (see below). Afterwards, both men opted to keep their armor on and join the rest of the class for longsword fundamental drills.

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The ARMA endeavors to approximate historical fighting skills through a curriculum of reconstructed techniques, principles, and methods for using a variety of swords, spears, shields, staff weapons, daggers, and unarmed grappling and wrestling skills as taught in numerous surviving books and manuscripts.