"You too can become a swordfighter, not just the maiden waiving the handkerchief."
“It takes a lot of trust to let someone hit you with a sword. It builds a lot of strong relationships.” Kirsten explained to me while watching Mariah and Monica spar. As Monica and Mariah moved, each swing was calculated and precise and powerful. But as they dodged and parried, they smiled and laughed and their joy was contagious! They were having a blast and I couldn’t help but smile and want to learn more.
Kristen, Kirsten, Mariah, & Monica are not just students in the art of HEMA, these ladies are instructors at the True Edge Academy of Swordsmanship. These powerful women have taught hundreds of students in Historical European Martial Arts, both men and women in the Utah Valley and Salt Lake areas. When I talked to them about why they do what they do, Mariah explained, “I enjoy the power. I like how I feel when I am swinging a sword.” And they all agreed that it is great for both your mind and your body. Monica added “I feel the least anxiety when I am holding a sword.”
They love teaching and empowering all. They even hold women-only classes occasionally to introduce the sport in a safe and comfortable environment for women who are interested in learning more.
“You too can become a swordfighter, not just the maiden waiving the handkerchief.”
Learn more about True Edge Sword Academy at http://trueedgeacademy.com/newwordpress/