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BENJAMIN J. SMITH began training in historical European martial arts in 2000 at the age of 17. He joined the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA) and spent most of the next eight years applying that organization’s method. Benjamin left the ARMA in 2008 to pursue his own approach. He joined the Historical European Martial Arts Alliance in 2009 and began working seriously on his interpretations of Sigmund Ringeck’s longsword teachings. In 2014 he moved to Boise, Idaho, and founded his current group, The Hilt and Cross, and has been teaching there ever since.