Northwest Houston Grace
Tapestry Co-Op Oct. 2006
Friday October 13th, ARMA Houston North-Side gave
a demonstration to the Northwest Houston Grace Tapestry Co-Op,
a home school group hosted by the Cypress United Methodist
Church. Kyle Cook, Wes White, and Sydney Yarbrough were the
After an introduction and brief explanation about ARMA, Sydney
Yarbrough began speaking about the focus of what ARMA does
while Kyle Cook demonstrated a longsword floryshe and then
Wes White showed a floryshe with short sword and buckler.
Ms. Yarbrough then took a moment to ask the group in general
what they thought western martial arts were. Based on the
answers offered, Ms. Yarbrough began to discuss some of the
most common myths about swords and their use. Then Mr. Cook
and Mr. White demonstrated the basic guards, stances, and
footwork while Ms. Yarbrough spoke about the basic ARMA methodology.
Next Kyle and Wes demonstrated some cut - counter cut drills
with blunt steel.
The presentation was concluded with a sparring demonstration.
Kyle and Wes began with longswords, then Kyle and Sydney sparred
longsword against sword and buckler, and finally Sydney and
Wes went sword and buckler against sword and buckler. The
session ended with the presenters fielding questions while
the group viewed a variety of swords and armor pieces which
Kyle Cook provided.