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Demonstrations and Events

When you love something as much as we do Historical Fencing, you can't help but to want to share it with others.

We've had a number of opportunities to do just that, both practicing with our colleagues from around the state and around the country, and with demonstrations for the general population, especially today's youth, most of whom have only seen the wild, unrealistic "kung-fu" swordplay so popular in movies and television nowadays.

Few things are as satisfying as seeing a youngster's eyes as he gets to hold a real European longsword for the first time and learns that the swords the knights used were very light and manuverable.

It is only matched, perhaps, by seeing a pair of high school drama students improve their fight choreography in a few hours just by showing them simple things, like not parrying edge-on-edge, and that real duels are not "my turn-your turn," but short flurries of attacks and defenses.

This section chronicles a few of these special moments. Take some time to peruse and enjoy them as much as we did.

* If you are interested in requesting a demonstration, see our Demonstration Info page for more information and then fill out our contact form to make your request.


2014

Comicpalooza (May 2014) - On Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26, 2014, ARMA Houston hosted a booth at the annual Comicpalooza convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX for the fourth consecutive year.

Houston Celtic Festival & Highland Games (April 2014) - On April 26-27, 2014, ARMA Houston was invited to host a booth a the Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games.

HMNS World Trekkers: England Demo (March 2014) - On March 21, 2014, ARMA Houston took part in the quarterly World Trekkers night at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, with the country theme naturally being England in honor of the Magna Carta exhibit.

HMNS Magna Carta Exhibit Events (Feb.-Aug. 2014) - In February 2014, ARMA Houston received a unique invitation from the Houston Museum of Natural Science to take an ongoing part in the new exhibit celebrating next year's 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in England.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Feb. 2014) - On February 22, 2014, ARMA Houston was invited back for the 9th time to do a beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers.

Houston MTP 1.0 (Jan. 2014) - On Saturday January 18, 2014, ARMA members met in Missouri City, Texas for a MTP 1.0 seminar taught by ARMA Director John Clements.

2013

Harding University Demonstration (Oct. 2013) - On Saturday October 26, 2013, members of ARMA Houston made the long trek north to Searcy, Arkansas to demonstrate for the Harding Dyssack Trainers group at Harding University.

HMNS Summer Xploration Camps (Summer 2013) - In June through August, 2013, ARMA Houston was invited back for the third year to do a series of demonstrations for the Houston Museum of Natural Science Summer Xploration Camps at both the Downtown and Sugar Land locations.

Missouri City Summer Camp (Aug. 2013) - On Wednesday August 7, 2013, the Missouri City Parks & Recreation Department invited the ARMA Houston Northsiders to demonstrate for schoolchildren at their Summer Camp.

Kids R Kids Demo (June 2013) - On June 19, 2013, ARMA Houston returned to the Kids R Kids private elementary school in Pearland, TX to demonstrate for the second year.

ARMA Houston Featured on Channel 39 NewsFix (June 2013) - On Monday June 3, 2013, Houston's Channel 39 NewsFix featured ARMA Houston in their SubCulture segment on the evening newscast.

Comicpalooza (May 2013) - On Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2013, ARMA Houston hosted a booth at the annual Comicpalooza convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX for the third year in a row.

Shafer Elementary School Demonstration (May 2013) - On Friday May 10, 2013, the Northsiders invited to participate in a mother-son event for the Shafer Elementary School Silver Knights in Katy, TX.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Apr. 2013) - On April 10, 2013, the ARMA North Siders were invited back for the 8th time to do a beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers.

River Oaks Baptist School (Mar. 2013) - On Thursday March 28, 2013, the Northsiders were called to fill in on short notice for an ill presenter at the River Oaks Baptist School at their Medieval History day.

Ikea Demonstration (Mar. 2013) - On Thursday March 14, 2013, the Northsiders had the opportunity to demonstrate at the Houston Ikea store as part of a promotion for Comicpalooza, which we will be attending for the third year in a row this coming Memorial Day weekend.

Missouri City Spring Break Camp (Mar. 2013) - On Tuesday March 12, 2013, the Missouri City Parks & Recreation Department invited the ARMA Houston Northsiders to demonstrate for schoolchildren at their Super Spring Break Camp.

2012

Polearms Seminar (Aug. 2012) - On August 18, 2012, ARMA Houston hosted ARMA Director John Clements to teach a one-day seminar on quarterstaff and polearms.

HMNS Summer Xploration Camps (Summer 2012) - In June through August, 2012, ARMA Houston was again invited to do a series of demonstrations for the Houston Museum of Natural Science Summer Xploration Camps.

Kids R Kids Demos (July 2012) - On July 16 & 17, 2012, ARMA Houston was invited to do a demonstration for the Kids R Kids private elementary schools in Pearland and Richmond, TX.

Comicpalooza (May 2012) - On Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2012, members of ARMA Houston were invited to host a booth at the annual Comicpalooza convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX for the second year.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Apr. 2012) - A beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers was conducted at the Jersey Village High School on April 21, 2012 for the seventh consecutive year.

Houston Museum of Natural Science (Feb. 2012) - On February 3, 2012the ARMA North Siders were invited to demonstrate for Teacher Late Nights at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Grace Family United Methodist Curch (Jan. 2012) - On January 29, 2012 the ARMA North Siders were invited to demonstrate for Grace Family United Methodist Church in Katy, TX.

2011

Cub Scout Pack 704 (Sept. 2011) - On September 12, 2011 the ARMA North Siders were invited to demonstrate for Cub Scout Pack 704 in Houston, TX.

ARMA International Gathering 2011 - On July 15th-17th, 2011 in Houston, Texas, the ARMA held its fourth International Gathering with over 70 member participants among the 80+ attending for three days of lessons, training certification, camaraderie, and research presentation.

Comicpalooza (May 2011) - On Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2011, members of ARMA in Texas were invited to host a booth at the annual Comicpalooza convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX.

Missouri City Bunny Hop (Apr. 2011) - On April 16, 2011, the City of Missouri City, Texas invited the ARMA Houston Northsiders to set up a booth for our club at the Missouri City Bunny Hop Easter festivities in Community Park alongside the other clubs which use Missouri City facilities.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Mar. 2011) - A beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers was conducted at the Jersey Village High School on March 19, 2011.

Ainsley Courts Assisted Living Demo (Feb. 2011) - On February 21, 2011, ARMA Houston was invited to do a demonstration for the seniors at Ainsley Courts Assisted Living in Cypress, Texas.

2010

Victoria Public Library Demo (June 2010) - On June 7, 2010 the ARMA North Siders were invited back again to do another demonstration for the Summer Reading Program at the Victoria Public Library in Victoria, Texas.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Apr. 2010) - A beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers was conducted at the Jersey Village High School on April 24, 2010.

Houston MTP 1.0 (Jan. 2010) - On Saturday January 30, 2010, ARMA Texas met in Magnolia, Texas for a MTP 1.0 seminar taught by ARMA Director John Clements. Study group members from Dallas-Fort Worth, Denton, Austin, College Station and Houston were present.

2009

ARMA International Gathering 2009 - On July 17th-19th, 2009 in Houston, Texas, the ARMA held its third International Gathering with 80 members and a few select guests in attendance for three days of instruction, testing, sparring, and fellowship.

Victoria Public Library Demo (June 2009) - On June 8, 2009 the ARMA North Siders were invited to do a demonstration for the Summer Reading Program at the Victoria Public Library in Kyle Cook's hometown of Victoria, Texas.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Feb. 2009) - A beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers was conducted at the Jersey Village High School on February 28, 2009.

2008

Houston NTP 1.0 (June 2008) - Stacy Clifford and Gene Tausk, Senior Free-Scholar instructors for the ARMA Houston Northsiders and Southsiders Study Groups, jointly taught a NTP 1.0 training day for the longsword in Magnolia, TX on June 21, 2008.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Feb. 2008) - A beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers was conducted at the Jersey Village High School on February 20, 2008.

2007

ARMA International Gathering 2007 - On August 17-19, 2007, the combined study groups of ARMA Houston hosted the second ARMA International Gathering, the largest event in the organization's history.

Texas Test Cutting Event (June 2007) - ARMA Texas met in Magnolia, Texas for another test cutting event. Study groups from Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston were present.

Texas Test Cutting Event (March 2007) - ARMA Texas met in Magnolia, Texas for a test cutting event. Study groups from Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston were present.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Feb. 2007) - A beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers was conducted at the Jersey Village High School on February 21, 2007.

2006

Cub Scout Pack 355 (October 2006) - ARMA Houston North-Side visited Cub Scout Pack 355 for Pirate Days in Huntsville State Park, Texas.

Home School Demonstration (October 2006) - A sword demo was presented to several local home-school groups who were visiting the Houston North-side study group.

Northwest Houston Grace Tapestry Co-Op (October 2006) - ARMA Houston North-Side gave a demonstration to a home school group hosted by the Cypress United Methodist Church.

Troupe d'Jour Demonstration (June 2006) - Sydney Yarbrough, Kyle Cook, and Jonathan Moonen presented an hour long lecture/demo for ‘Troupe d’Jour’, an educational theatre company that offers theatre-based presentations to all levels of school students.

Texas Sparring Day (March 2006) - ARMA Members from various points around Texas gathered for a sparring practice day at a central location in Magnolia, Texas.

Houston Community College Town & Country Drama Department Lecture (Feb. 2006) - Sydney Yarbrough and Jonathan Moonen presented an hour long lecture/demo.

Jersey Village High School Sword Workshop (Feb. 2006) - A beginning sword workshop for future fight choreographers was conducted at the Jersey Village High School on February 1, 2006.

2005

Fort Bend Baptist Academy Demonstration (Dec. 2005) - Sydney Yarbrough, Kyle Cook, and Wes White presented six demonstrations at the Fort Bend Baptist Academy.

15th Annual TEMA Conference (Oct. 2005) - The ARMA Northsiders were invited to read a paper and give a sword demonstration for the 2005 Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) conference in Houston, Texas.

Lone Star Schwertlager (Aug. 2005) - On the weekend of August 27th-28th, 2005, ARMA members from around the country gathered at the first Lone Star Schwertlager in Houston, Texas for a weekend of instruction in grappling, staff, half-swording, sword and buckler, and dagger fighting, and a Senior Free-Scholar Prize Playing.

University of Houston Demonstration (Apr. 2005) - On Tuesday April 19, 2005 the ARMA Houston North Siders were asked to do a demo for Lorraine K. Stock. She is member of the English Department and teaches Medieval Literature.

Home School Lecture and Demonstration (Apr. 2005) - Kyle Cook and Sydney Yarbrough from The ARMA North Siders Study Group presented a lecture/demonstration of Renaissance Martial Arts to a group of home school children.

Longsword Seminar (Feb. 2005) - In a rare treat, one of our Senior Free-Scholars, Stew Feil of Provo, was in Dallas. We got the chance to attend and experience his teaching methods.

2004

Jersey Village High School Fencing Practicum (Nov. 2004) - We got the chance to spend a day coaching some drama students on the ins and outs of real duelling.

Texas Renaissance Festival (Oct 2004) - Opening weekend of the 2004 season we were there demonstrating our art to the public.

Cub Scout Day Camp (June 2004) - This demo really felt worthwhile, as the kids learned about the skills to master any sport/art, and that swordfighting really isn't Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles.

Practice Day (May 2004) - This is a good example of what we do once in a while when we get members from across the state together for a day of fun and study.

 

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