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Joshua Anthony




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PostPosted: Fri 14 Oct, 2011 6:19 am    Post subject: Best states in the U.S. for WMA?         Reply with quote

I don't care for the area I'm living at the moment, and in the next year I hope to be able to relocate to an area that suits me better. So I was curious to hear anyone's opinion as to what state they believe has the largest WMA community. My criteria would be a good school or two with a sizable membership that offers instruction in Western Martial Arts, and hopefully several events like Ren Faires, conventions, etc in the area over the course of a year that I could attend. In short, a solid community of like-minded individuals passionate about all the things we talk about on this forum.

My sense is that the east coast seems to have more going on than the west, but that may only be an assumption on my part. Originally I'm from San Francisco so I would love it if there was a large community in the wider bay area that I might be able to contact, but I'm open to other suggestions as well.

Your thoughts?

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PostPosted: Fri 14 Oct, 2011 11:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The DC area is chock full of WMA schools, renfaires and things of that ilk. Not to mention, day-trips to NYC, Baltimore, etc are possible.
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Oct, 2011 12:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Take a look at this handy map to get some idea of the distribution of WMA:

Western USA:
http://www.communitywalk.com/map/index/1033322

Eastern USA:
http://www.communitywalk.com/THE-HEMA-ALLIANC...ner-Finder
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PostPosted: Fri 14 Oct, 2011 3:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dustin R. Reagan wrote:
Take a look at this handy map to get some idea of the distribution of WMA:

Western USA:
http://www.communitywalk.com/map/index/1033322

Eastern USA:
http://www.communitywalk.com/THE-HEMA-ALLIANC...ner-Finder


Is there a combined map that includes the Midwest?

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Joshua Anthony




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PostPosted: Sat 15 Oct, 2011 6:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dustin R. Reagan wrote:
Take a look at this handy map to get some idea of the distribution of WMA:

Western USA:
http://www.communitywalk.com/map/index/1033322

Eastern USA:
http://www.communitywalk.com/THE-HEMA-ALLIANC...ner-Finder


Very useful tool, thanks!

And thank you Jessica. I didn't realize the DC area was such a hub for folks like us:-)

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PostPosted: Sat 15 Oct, 2011 6:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'd say the DC area has the most schools, and it's followed by Florida.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Oct, 2011 6:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jessica Finley wrote:
The DC area is chock full of WMA schools, renfaires and things of that ilk. Not to mention, day-trips to NYC, Baltimore, etc are possible.


Yes, and if you're going to move to that area, make sure you move to VA and NOT MD or DC itself. This is for reasons that will become apparent to you once your interest in weapons expands to things that go boom, if it's not there already.

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Oct, 2011 9:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael Edelson wrote:
Yes, and if you're going to move to that area, make sure you move to VA and NOT MD or DC itself. This is for reasons that will become apparent to you once your interest in weapons expands to things that go boom, if it's not there already.


Maryland isn't THAT bad, unless you intend to equip small armies in your spare time......
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