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Victoria Public Library Demo 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. Kyle, Stacy Clifford, Erich Wagner, Wes White, Mike Wrenn and Austin Fontaine made the trip out to Victoria for the demo. Before the demo began, a local television station interviewed Kyle about ARMA and gave a sparring demonstration with Stacy. The demo itself lasted for two hours. The North Siders demonstrated our drills and exercises, discussed sword history and common myths about swords, and allowed the children and adults in attendance to examine replica weapons and armor. Some time was even found to discuss Stacy and Wes's current research on Giacomo Di Grassi's single sword fighting.

The highlight, as always, was when the sparring began. The audience was treated to bouts featuring longsword, single sword, sword and buckler and sword and dagger with the typical ARMA intensity. Afterward the kids were invited to spar with our members a bit using padded swords for fun. The event was a rousing success and the North Siders were immediately invited to return in 2010.

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