Fencing is America’s favorite sport because it combines the visceral excitement of swordplay with the awesome outfits of beekeeping. Fight fashionably with this Groupon:
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for one adult group class (a $30 value)
- $39 for three adult group classes (a $90 value)<p>
Focusing on saber training, classes accommodate up to 20 students of all skill levels and run Monday–Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Though the gym provides all necessary equipment, registrants should wear athletic shoes and long pants.<p>
Midwest Fencing Academy
Born in Bulgaria in 1959, fencer Hristo Etropolski soon traded his rattle for a saber, competing twice in the Olympic Games—including a fifth-place finish in 1980—and earning medals in two World Championships. After settling down in 2005, Hristo founded Midwest Fencing Academy, where, as head coach, he draws on almost 40 years of competition and teaching experience to sharpen students’ sparring skills. Of his past protégés, one received a gold medal in the Junior World Cup, and many have secured fencing scholarships at Ivy League universities, where their mighty swords reign undefeated against opponents' puny pens.
Midwest Fencing Academy specializes in the lightest of fencing's three weapons, the saber, whose required speed and quick thinking puts students' hearts and reflexes to the test, building discipline and good sportsmanship. The facility boasts five regulation strips, four of which are wired with electronic scoring, and includes a large viewing space for friends or parents to shout French translations of witty retorts from the sidelines.