Fencing is America's favorite sport because it combines the visceral excitement of swordplay with the awesome outfits of beekeeping. Fight fashionably with today's Groupon: for $29, you get four fencing classes at Lion Heart Fencing Academy in La Mesa (an $80 value).
Lion Heart Fencing Academy teaches the art of modern swordplay through the skilled instruction of coaches certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association. Emphasizing both competition and character development, Lion Heart's sharply thrust classes teach agility, hand-eye coordination, tactical thinking, and how to use the foil as an impromptu donut skewer. Instructors acquaint students ages 7 to adult with the different styles of weaponry, as well as rules of play and etiquette, during 90-minute beginners fencing lessons. Pupils spar on the academy's floated wooden floor during elementary foiling sessions, which restrict blows to the torso region, and competitive epee courses, which expand the strike zone to include the entire body as well as the lower half of an opponent's aura.
Upon LionHeart Academy's floated rubberized floors, fencers of all experience levels from age 7 to adulthood cross blades under the guidance of British Academy of Fencing–certified maestro Stuart Lee and his staff. Their curricula teach the sport's physical aspects, including agility, strength, and tactical thinking, while emphasizing the ideals of sportsmanship, respect, and self-control, discouraging students from humiliating their opponents with pointed dis raps. The center, which received recognition and an award in Best of San Diego 2015, arms fencers with the necessary equipment and peddles weapons, uniforms, and protective gear from the Fencing Post for those who wish to purchase their own.
8380 Center Dr.
La Mesa, California 91942