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. The below video gives a great overview of what HEMA is and examples what you’ll learn to do here at Baer Swords.
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.
Competitions that we have competed in:
- Combat Con 2016
- Midwinter Armizare Open – Chicago, IL 2017
- 4TH Annual Deed of Arms – “La Bataille du Cygne” – THE BATTLE OF THE SWAN – Medieval Swordsmans Guild 2017
- CornHuskers State Games – Nebraska 2017
- Five Rings Fencing Annual KC Sword Tournament 2017
- St. Louis HEMA Multi-Weapon Tournament 2017
- Midwinter Armizare Open – Chicago, IL 2018
- 5TH Annual Deed of Arms – “La Bataille du Cygne” – THE BATTLE OF THE SWAN – Medieval Swordsmans Guild 2018
- CornHuskers State Games – Nebraska 2018
- 1st Annual “Battle of Buffalo” at Missouri Celtic Festival – Buffalo, MO 2018
- Five Rings Fencing Annual KC Sword Tournament 2018
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Rediscover your passion through the sword fighting class of your choice at Kansas City’s premier sword combat studio. We promise hands-on instruction, expert support and more fun than you can shake a sword at.