Headmaster Jared


Jared Anthony McNeil-Smith has spent his life coaching students of all ages in the Martial Arts, Weaponry, and Life Development

Jared brings his experience training and teaching the Martial Arts (weapons, swordsmanship, muay thai, and boxing) together with his background in Psychology (behavior analysis, spiritual counseling, & youth leadership) and Theology (philosophy & apologetics), to create a new kind of martial art academy: one focused on the holistic individual.

This vision was the beginning of the Academy of the Way: an order of like-minded warrior-poets who employ these holistic methods of training with a guiding principle of knighthood and nobility. So, CrossSwords Combat Academy was founded in the Fall of 2018 as the first school of the order! 
It’s Jared’s continuing passion to raise up this first generation of Knights of the Ancient Way: sharpening their souls through the teachings of nobility, and calling them up to pass it on to others in their world. 

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