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 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.
Jessica Young - One Handed Weapons Instructor
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.
Djordan Savage - Laser Saber Forms Instructor
Djordan Savage 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.
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.
Wyatt Meriwether - Swordsmithing and repair
Wyatt has been metalworking since 2006 when he completed a summer intensive apprenticeship in traditional blacksmithing. He is primarily a bladesmith but also enjoys working creatively with metal to forge one-of-a-kind pieces. He uses both coal and propane for forging/forge-welding and MIG welding for repair work. 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.
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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.