Anyone here into Historical European Martial Arts? I'm thinking about becoming a member of ARMA and maybe trying to start a study group here in town. I'm mostly interested in it as a form of exercise, and as a way to sharpen my reaction time/ develop a martial mindset. The first reaction of normal people to violence is usually disbelief: "Oh my gawrsh, I can't believe this is happening to me." I think martial arts may be a way to help me reduce the time elapsed between being attacked and responding forcefully. I don't plan on using a sword or polearm as a primary tool for defense, but I figure it might have some applications in defending myself from knife or bat weilding assailants. Also, the idea of studying a martial art that speaks to my ancestral heritage, rather than something from the orient, is appealing to me.