Q What is the CrossSwords Way? 
Mentorship program for Teens? Old school Master-Apprentice Sword training? Knightly Fellowship for teens & adults?
A: Yes to all the above. We train a Cross-Centered Life, and we train a Cross-Cultural Sword.

Q: What is Cross-Cultural Sword?
The CrossSwords method of swordsmanship is eclectic: drawing upon systems the world over. In this way its traditions are ancient. Headmaster Jared Smith designed this system from over twenty years of martial arts and weapons experience (even incorporating hand to hand and grappling techniques into the system). However, its Way is also new, and alive. Unlike many modern sport fencing, our young Knights train real combatives, through real drilling with hardwood swords and weapons (advanced students eventually graduate to steel). These combatives are both elegant, powerful, and able to be translated across a variety of weapons, and foster both deep appreciation for the Warrior’s heritage.

Q: What is Cross-Centered Life?
A: Cross-centered implies two sides – a focus on grace and rest that provides us to that extend grace & care toward others around us, as well as a “Cross-hairs” goal orientation we apply to our responsibilities in life.
Our students are instructed throughout their lessons to develop both an inner sense of completion, from which they may better lift others up and become a life-giving person. At the same time, they are taught to exercise this inner freedom toward setting goals, taking on responsibility, and living purpose filled lives full of confidence, competence, and joy.

Q At what age can my child start CrossSwords Training?
A: Students may begin novice level instruction as early as 10 years old.

Q Can my child join CrossSwords
(even if we’re not religious?)
A: ABSOLUTELY.
Our families love CrossSwords because it encourages its students to think new ideas, to develop strong principles, and become young men and women of wisdom, passion, and virtue.
Our members have real and open conversations about the nature of faith, belief and reason, philosophy and ethics, and how to live one’s life well. This means no topic is off the table, no one’s worldview shut down or used to attack others, but all our students come together to grow in nobility, fellowship, and courage.

Q What happens in a CrossSwords lesson?

A: the Goal of each lesson is to sharpen the soul…
Students spend time in their sessions out in the open air drilling & practicing Sword, Staff, and other weapon techniques. During this time, their Teacher initiates what CrossSwords calls its “good conversations.” Here, students are brought to better understand their own selves, and to think differently about the world, their lives, and their purpose. All this comes from time spent understanding the sword, and thereby themselves.

Q Is Training in Group Classes or 1-on-1?

A: CrossSwords has two wings: CrossSwords Discipleship (Master-Apprentice Sword training and one-on-one coaching) as well as CrossSwords Fellowship (weekly group lessons and practice). Choose your path, and let’s walk it together.

Q Will my child be encouraged to be fight others?
A: No. CrossSwords students (adults included) You or your teenager will find themselves
Students build the discipline to “not fight” long before they develop the skills to “fight well.”
The focus of CrossSwords is equally a sense of inner development as it is building skill with sword fighting. By the time students are dangerous with a blade, they are no longer the person they were at the beginning of the journey.

Q How do we get started?

A: Schedule a free consultation with Headmaster Jared!

Q How do the Dues work?
Are there drop-in classes?
A: Most families prefer the convenience of regular weekly lessons (dues for the month paid on the 1st).
Reach out to Coach Jared to ask about sliding-scale and your family’s individual needs.

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