Fencing began as a means of deterring trespassers without the use of unattractive barriers made of wood, stone, or witches' warts. Intimidate onlookers with today's Groupon: for $25 you get a six-week introductory fencing course (up to a $65 value) at Heartland Fencing Academy in Overland Park.
Heartland Fencing Academy's six-week course introduces beginning foil-wielders to the precise art and sport of competitive fencing. Students meet once a week, learning the basics of tactical execution such as the parry and thrust or the cower and run. Guests will participate in a friendly competition upon completion of the course, and, if desired, may advance to beginner level lessons pending recommendation from the instructor.
The academy's head coach Emilia Ivanova, a seven-time National Foil Champion of Bulgaria, studied at the Paris Fencing Academy and received a silver medal in the European fencing championships. Her methods are proven to produce world-class athletes, having coached two students to the Olympics.
Protective gear is provided and must be worn at all times; students are asked to arrive with comfortable clothes, a pair of tennis shoes, and an insatiable urge to poke stuff. For added convenience, the academy has on-site locker rooms, showers, and a store stocked with various fencing accessories.
Heartland Fencing Academy
Seven-time national foil champ of Bulgaria, European championship silver medalist, and former coach of the Bulgarian national women's foil team, Emilia Ivanova possesses the rare authority to help kids safely have fun with swords. Aspiring duelists as young as 4 can begin to learn the rudiments of the art though fun games that shape the proper movements, strategic thought, and suppression of the natural instinct to flee from pointy objects needed to succeed in the sport. Older-children and adult students don protective gear and take up the epee, foil, or saber to learn attacks and parries before moving on to bouts. Under soaring ceilings, wooden floors, and mirrored walls, the academy's studio houses eight full-sized fencing strips, electronic-scoring equipment, and a store to pick up personal equipment.