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 this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$29 for four one-hour youth fencing classes (an $80 value)
Coaches guide pupils aged 7–13 years old during 60-minute lessons, which include all necessary equipment. Call ahead to schedule class times.
$125 for a three-month competitive team fencing membership (a $300 value)
The competitive team membership is designed for fencers who have already taken the beginners course to advance their skills and compete. Using their own equipment, students focus on tactics, footwork, and physical conditioning. Members are expected to compete locally and nationally. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Mark Stasinos is no stranger to the decisive slash of a saber. Beginning his fencing training in Europe nearly 40 years ago, Mark eventually imported his talent to the United States, where he served as the vice president of the United States Fencing Association. He also founded the fencing program at BYU, where he taught Julie Seal, an athlete who now owns more national titles than most Olympic jousters. Thanks to Stasinos' guidance, Seal took home multiple Division I gold medals in both foil and saber.
Since Salle D'Escrime's inception in 1988, Mark and his resident teachers have also churned out a few more national champs by relying on their signature method—gradually ushering pupils toward more difficult techniques and pitting them against village ogres in a no-holds-barred round of charades. The progressive process fosters fast improvement during both all-ages group classes and private lessons.