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.
Baer Kenney - Owner/Instructor- Two Handed Weapons Intructor
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.
Wyatt Meriwether - Swordsmithing and repair
All of our swords are serviced by Wyatt who is also one of our avid students! Ask us how he can help with your sword repair.
Sam Brian - Competition Lightsaber Instructor
Sam has studied HEMA for 6 years and teaches our Competition Lightsaber and Two Handed Weapons classes.
In addition to studying long sword and HEMA weapons, he's achieved the highest rank here at Baer Swords.
Sam has been swinging toy swords since he was old enough to hold one and is a lifelong lightsaber enthusiast.
His past history includes 4 years of boffer sword fighting and when he isn't teaching the way of the saber here at Baer Swords,
he's running Star Wars RPG campaigns and dreaming of X-Wings.
Colton Young - One Handed Weapons Instructor
Colton is an expert in his field having studied Sabre for 1 year, Epee for 11 years AND having earned a B rating in Epee.
He's studied Krav Maga for 1 year.
Colton 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 his one handed weapon training, he's studied Italian sword in Sienna, Italy.
Rob Davis - Part Time Instructor - One and Two Handed Weapons
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 and Grappling instruction, Rob has been studying with us for the past year.
Though new to sword fighting, he's fast becoming an expert due to his extensive experience in eastern martial arts.
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.
Djordan Savage - Saber Forms Instructor
Our newest master is Djordan Savage who has 3 years of dedicated lightsaber choreography experience while having quite a few years working with sabers while growing up.
Over the last few years, he's been to several of Kansas City's Conventions where his choreography has been put on display for hundreds of people.
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