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: for $25, you get a 90-minute introductory fencing class at Farmington Valley Fencing Academy in Bloomfield (a $50 value). Customers interested in other classes can choose to apply the $50 credit toward any class, program, or membership at the studio.
At Farmington Valley Fencing Academy, USFCA–certified moniteur Mal-sun Marletto instructs athletes 10 and older of any skill level with lessons she learned while training in Belgium at the Royal Fencing Club of Brussels. Marletto equips participants with the necessary equipment during one-time introductory classes limited to six to eight students to ensure personal attention. Offered on select Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the introductory class provides fledgling swordsmen and swordswomen with an understanding of fencing fundamentals and postmatch beekeeping duties.
Farmington Valley Fencing Academy
Mal-sun Marletto has dedicated decades to the sport of fencing. A passion of hers since the age of 10, Mal-Sun has not only competed in five countries, but she's also a World Cup competitor and Connecticut Women’s Champion in foil, épée, and saber. At Farmington Valley Fencing Academy, where she is both owner and head coach, Mal-sun draws on her vast experience and US Fencing Coaches Association–certification to instruct students of all ages and skill levels. She designed a variety of programs and membership packages that include instruction in foil, saber, and épée, and include additional perks such as discounts on equipment and gear.