Headmaster Jared


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

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

This vision was the beginning of the Academy of the Way: an order of like-minded warrior-poets who employ a holistic method of training, combined with the guiding principles of knighthood and nobility. And so…  CrossSwords Combat Academy was founded in the Fall of 2018 as the first school of this vision! 
It is 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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