If you were anything like my friends and I growing up, you probably spent a good amount of your time outdoors, imagining a number of fantasy scenarios that all involved “swords.” Whether they were wielded by knights defending the crown, pirates on the high seas, or as futuristic sabers of light in a galaxy far, far away, your swords provided hours of fun and adventure. At Baer Swords, it’s our intent to bring back the enjoyment of sword fighting through class sessions that teach the techniques and principles of Western martial arts, allowing you to relive the excitement while learning an ancient skill and getting some exercise in. In response to an overwhelming amount of requests for local sword fighting instruction, The Baer Swords School of Western Martial Arts was established in 2015. Located in Kansas City, Baer Swords is the brainchild of sword master and Western Martial Artist Baer Kenney. It was through his wife and co-founder Kat’s support that Baer found the inspiration to begin a unique offering of classes that use the fundamental principles of medieval sword-masters and Historical European Martial Arts. Using modern, athletically oriented equipment to simulate these masters as best possible while keeping safety at the forefront, Baer Swords instructors will show how to best utilize these techniques for maximum effect and maximum advantage.
HEMA or Historical European Martial Arts is a world-wide, broad study of swordplay and western martial arts and Baer Swords seeks to advance this style of combat at every opportunity.
Baer Kenney - Owner/Instructor- Two Handed Weapons Instructor
Driven by a life-long passion for swordplay and armed personal combat, lead instructor and owner Baer Kenney boasts more than 30 years of experience in the field of Western Martial arts. In addition to studying fencing in college, Baer enhanced his skills with high degrees in Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, and Karate. Studying the work of medieval sword masters while sparring and fighting with a variety of LARPing, live steel sword fighting, and historical re-enactment groups, Baer continues to perfect his craft. Now, he brings to you his passion for the history of the blade, the intensity and grace of the sport, and the camaraderie of community with his students.
Jessica Young - One Handed Weapons Instructor
Having been with Baer Swords since 2018, Jessica is an expert in her field having studied Sabre for 1 year, Epee for 11 years AND having earned a B rating in Epee.
She's studied Krav Maga for 1 year.
Jessica has competed in the national championships and regional open circuit events for 4 years in Epee, even winning some ROC (regional open circuits)s.
And, to round out her one handed weapon training, she's studied Italian sword in Sienna, Italy.
Rob Davis -Competition Laser Saber Instructor
Having been with Baer Swords since 2018, Rob is a true enthusiast and accomplished student of both eastern and western martial arts.
As our go-to guru when we need a helping hand with Two Handed Weapons, Lightsaber and Grappling instruction, Rob has been studying with us for the past two years.
Throughout his life, Rob had always had an interest in all types of martial arts and has participated in several seminars that included different weapons styles, coaching, and martial arts styles representing numerous countries and traditions.
Rob has participated in tournament Judo and Taekwondo, studied Kenpo Karate, Kali, MMA and participated in competitive club teams for all three as well.
He has competed at the national and regional levels and instructed in Judo, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, MMA, and Shingitai Ju Jitsu.
Rob also has received his instructors and referee certificates in Judo and Shingitai Ju Jitsu.
Wyatt Meriwether - The Seven Forms of Lightsaber - Instructor
Wyatt has been with Baer Swords since 2019. Since Wyatt was 12 years-old, after seeing his first stage production of Dracula, he has been in love with stage combat and choreography. Wyatt’s repertoire includes a varied background in both dance and martial arts. He has studied Cechetti, French, and Russian ballet, Modern, Hip-hop, Afrikaan, Flamenco, Tap, and Jazz dance. He is also a life-long martial arts practitioner having studied Goju-Ryu Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Tai Chi, Kali Stick Fighting, modern Army combatives (instructor) and HEMA.
Wyatt obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Kansas in 2010. While studying at the University of Kansas he focused on the juxtaposition of stage combat techniques and ballet. He is also an experienced performer and choreographer who has worked with 940 Dance Company, Midwest Regional Dance Company, and Euphoria Dance Centre.
Wyatt is also an experienced educator. He has taught at the primary, secondary, and post-secondary education levels and holds a post-graduate certificate in adult education.
In addition to teaching, Wyatt serves as the school’s swordsmith. He has been metalworking since 2006, trained in traditional blacksmithing techniques using both coal and propane for forging/forge-welding and MIG welding for repairs.
As an educator and practitioner Wyatt enjoys bringing his expertise, knowledge, and perspective to Baer Swords.
Rob Ault - One Handed Weapons Instructor
Rob has been with Baer Swords since 2019. Rob is a retired Army colonel and combat veteran with over thirty years experience as a master Army aviator. In that time he's studied, trained, coached and competed in combat sports around the world. He holds a second degree blackbelt in Judo, and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He studied sport fencing before finding his home at Baer Swords where he’s been for the last 2 years focusing on saber, rapier and smallsword.
Rob blends the historical masters with modern techniques for a practical approach to sword fighting. We think you’ll find his classes a lot of fun. His goal is to help every student Achieve their goals.
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