Midland Sword School back in action after COVID-19 pause


Clubs and organizations play a huge role in a person’s social life, and that goes the same for members of the Midland Sword School.

“It’s some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met,” says member Dennis Koonce.

The school holds classes every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the MLK Community Center.

“With this club you’re more vocal and want to get out there more,” says member Ayla Burns.

The class teaches historical fencing and European martial arts. Members get trained on techniques and compete in tournaments in the western U.S.

“In West Texas, I’m the one and only sword school,” says head instructor Skye Hilton. “You’re not going to find another one of these for 40-500 miles.”

It’s a unique opportunity for members to learn about fencing while having fun, but for about five months classes were paused due to the pandemic. That didn’t go well for students.

“It was bad,” says member Laura Weber. “We couldn’t come together, we couldn’t talk.”

“I got super stir crazy,” says Koonce. “This is one of my social outlets.”

“I was completely bored out of my mind,” says Burns. “I was like, I don’t want to read this book anymore (laughing).”

Now the class is back, and so are many other local clubs and organizations.

“In West Texas, there are only so many things you can do,” says Hilton. “It gives them an opportunity to be with people who like the same kind of things.”

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