Fencing was once commonly learned at an early age, which is why so many octogenarians still settle disputes with games of Rock, Paper, Épée. Celebrate civilized swordplay with today’s Groupon to Midwest Fencing Academy. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get one children's fencing class (a $20 value).
- For $39, you get four children's fencing classes (an $80 value).
Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with more sessions to be added if necessary.
The primary coach at Midwest Fencing Academy, Hristo Etropolski, competed in the Olympics twice and draws on nearly 40 years of experience while designing beginners lessons for children ages 7–12. These classes acquaint youngsters with the basics of fencing, including proper techniques for parrying and thrusting, the rules for scoring points during bouts, and which type of gauntlet explodes when thrown down. Students develop agility and reflexes while learning good sportsmanship and discipline. A maximum of 20 budding swashbucklers take part in the one-hour classes. Equipment is provided, and attendees must wear athletic shoes and long sports pants as they practice cuts, thrusts, and purees.
Midwest Fencing Academy
Born in Bulgaria in 1959, fencer Hristo Etropolski soon traded his rattle for a saber, competing twice in the Olympic Games—including a fifth-place finish in 1980—and earning medals in two World Championships. After settling down in 2005, Hristo founded Midwest Fencing Academy, where, as head coach, he draws on almost 40 years of competition and teaching experience to sharpen students’ sparring skills. Of his past protégés, one received a gold medal in the Junior World Cup, and many have secured fencing scholarships at Ivy League universities, where their mighty swords reign undefeated against opponents' puny pens.
Midwest Fencing Academy specializes in the lightest of fencing's three weapons, the saber, whose required speed and quick thinking puts students' hearts and reflexes to the test, building discipline and good sportsmanship. The facility boasts five regulation strips, four of which are wired with electronic scoring, and includes a large viewing space for friends or parents to shout French translations of witty retorts from the sidelines.
6100 N Cicero Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60646