Besides honing their skills at an elegant martial art, fencing gave noblemen a way to settle common disputes, such as whose peasants reviled them more. Sharpen your own swordsmanship with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a four-week introductory fencing course at Fresno Fencing Academy on North First Street (a $70 value). The Academy schedules introductory classes on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fresno Fencing Academy founder Vladimir Ostatnigrosh won multiple fencing championships and accolades in his native Ukraine and the former Soviet Union before swinging his way to the United States, where he trains fencers of all ages and experience levels, via giant chandelier. The four-week introductory course outlines the history of fencing and the basic rules and techniques for brandishing the most commonly used modern swords: the foil, saber, epee, and the tiny plastic blades that garnish cocktails. Fresno Fencing Academy supplies its apprentice blade-brandishers with all of the equipment and protective gear they need to safely master the basics of swashbuckling and extreme haircutting under the tutelage of experienced coaches.
Fresno Fencing Academy recently acquired a 4,000-square-foot studio with ample space for private and group lessons. The new studio also boasts regulation electric fencing strips, changing rooms, and a workout room equipped with resistance machines. Reservations are required for classes, as overcrowding does not combine well with swordplay.
Fresno Fencing Academy
At Fresno Fencing Academy, head coach and former Soviet and Ukrainian champion fencer, Vladimir Ostatnigrosh, distills his experience to foster a new generation of duelers within a 4,200-square-foot facility that boasts electric fencing strips, a fitness room with weight machines, and changing rooms. Ostatnigrosh invites students of all levels, aged 7 and older, to discover the art of parrying and thrusting, which nurtures self-discipline while bolstering the cardiovascular system and developing the skills necessary to retrieve stolen lunch money from Zorro. The academy’s classes, which range from introductory to competitive levels, cover the three Olympic fencing weapons: the foil, the épée, and the saber. Those expert swordsmen and swordswomen who have mastered the fencing rules and refrained from detonating any last-resort grenades during a match defend the academy’s robust reputation at local, regional, and national tournaments.
5717 N 1st St.
Fresno, California 93710