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Teach Everything. Have Fun.

Up to this point, we’ve focused on our values of inclusiveness and safety. But what about the rest of TSC’s mission statement?

“...and fun.“

If it’s not fun, why do it?

While we take safety very seriously, we are otherwise quite laid back. We do what we do because we enjoy it, and we want everyone else to enjoy it too. It’s as simple as that. Every one of our instructors and Board members is a volunteer. No one is paid; we do it because getting to teach, learn, and practice what we do is its own reward.

"...the history, sport, and art...“

To offer multiple traditions, styles, sports, etc.

Though greatly improved in recent years, there can be a cliquishness to the martial arts communities that we don't want to be a part of. Medieval sword fighters can look on fencers as "just playing a game", while some fencers scoff at the "fakeness" of stage combat. Even within the historical arena, an isolationist mindset can exist which says "my way is the only right way."

We reject all of these approaches. Instead, we see a continuum of legitimate - if different - ways to understand, practice, and enjoy swordfighting. They each have much to offer and should be regarded on their own merits. Each exists (and persists) for very good reasons, be it the imaginative and visual excitement of stage combat; the accessibility, safety, and sophistication of fencing; or the practical effectiveness of historical forms. We recognize that we must constantly evolve our understanding, and believe that an open, interdisciplinary approach is not only the most expedient way to do this, it is also the most enjoyable.


Focus on education.

Some groups sword fight to make a good show. Some swordfight for the adrenaline rush. While we like what we do to be entertaining to watch, and we get a big kick out of doing it, we also really love to research and teach. Advancing our own understanding, sharing our knowledge with people, seeing them learn, and helping them progress is immensely gratifying.

Most significantly, teaching is an important part of what allows us to be an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. It is through education that TSC provides a service to the community.

This wraps up our discussion of TSC’s mission statement: Teaching the history, sport, and art of swordsmanship to all, with safety and fun.

We endeavor to make The Sword Conservatory a place where people of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities can come together to learn, have fun, and contribute to the study of martial arts in a safe environment. We are constantly welcoming new students. Whether you are with us for an hour-long workshop or for many years, we hope that you will enjoy your time with us.

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