Fencing is a great way to improve coordination, develop discipline, and wreak havoc in a blimp. Foil floatation with today's Groupon: for $60, you get four Saturday beginner épèe classes for teens (13+) and adults (up to a $145 value) at DC Fencers Club in Silver Spring.
DC Fencers Club fuses the ancient thrill of swordplay with the benefits of modern-day athletics, bringing students together in full-contact, cardio-active competition. Assistant coach IIya Lobanenkov, a U.S. Nationals bronze medalist with 16 years of legal dueling experience, leads two-hour classes geared toward instructing amateur swordspeople in proper technique, etiquette, rules, and posing for triumphant statues. Lessons in how to grip an épée, keep opponents at bay, and create attack openings are driven home with clever thrusts and French interjections.
Fencers work up a sweat sparring with classmates as they lunge and parry until thighs and arms ache with a righteous burn. Students can continue to spar after class or just socialize and develop deep, personal grudges to be settled on the fencing field. Swords and safety gear are furnished for all.
DC Fencers Club
At DC Fencers Club (DCFC), head coach Janusz Smolenski leads a team of athletes that molds young fencers into champions. Thanks to his formidable pedagogy, he has trained U.S. national champions. Working with Coach Smolenski, a trio of coaches brings unique backgrounds and styles to the classes. Robert Suchorski was a Polish National Junior Champion and has trained under top Polish and Russian fencing masters, and Ilya Lobanenkov to his credit owns multiple top-eight finishes in Veteran Women's U.S. Nationals, multiple "A" ratings, and a top-16 finish in a U.S. Junior Men's epee circuit event.
The DCFC facility, which has produced two full-scholarship Notre Dame fencers, boasts 10 full-size electric strips on a sprung-wood floor where fencers can lunge, parry, and riposte for hours on end without incurring injury.
9330 Fraser Ave.
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910