The art of the (foam) sword | Darcy Brixey


Last summer, a pack of neighborhood boys ran up to my porch shouting about a sword fight in the park. My son quickly joined the pack and they disappeared around the corner, leaving behind a trail of dust and some household chores. He came back an hour later, sweaty and grinning, to tell me he learned about sword fighting. Really learned, he said.

We all have those sword fighting fantasies, which come out when there are empty wrapping paper or poster tubes in the house and I think there’s a little Aragorn or D’Artagnan in all of us. Possibly even Inigo Montoya. Some of the best historical figures and book characters are skilled in the art of swordsmanship but most of us have never really tried it. The library has a collection of movies and books featuring these characters and more, and other materials covering martial arts training, but a chance to actually engage in battle has arrived.

Grab your friends and family members and come to the library to learn the art of the sword. Anyone ages 10 and up can come and learn the art of the (foam) sword and techniques and strategies for medieval group combat, from Foam Sword Parties, LLC. These events emphasize sportsmanship, athleticism and strategy.

There are two upcoming battles this summer. Just in time for Father’s Day, the Bellevue Library will be hosting the first event from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Lake Hills library will be the next battleground from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. Space is very limited in these programs so register from the Classes & Programs and classes page at www.kcls.org.

Weapons are provided for this event, so leave yours at home. After your first battle you’ll be much better prepared the next time someone brings out a wrapping paper tube.


Darcy Brixey is the teen services librarian at the Bellevue Library. She’d like to tell you she loves to read, but it’s an expectation of the job.

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