Fencing (the sport) is similar to fencing (the DIY project) because mastery of either will keep dogs off your lawn and prevent neighbors from bothering you. Defend your turf with today's Groupon: for $30, you get three introductory fencing classes at Red Rock Fencing Center (a $75 value).
The sword brandishers of Red Rock Fencing Center keep students en garde whilst delving into the intricacies of fencing. Introduction to fencing classes, each lasting 1.5 hours, explore different blades, including the graceful foil, the heavier épée, the cutting and thrusting sabre, and the disposable plastic knife, ideal for spreading mayonnaise or carving intricate butter busts of worthy foes. Youth and adult students learn basic techniques from Olympic-class instructors inside Red Rock’s modern facility, equipped with a Sport-Flex rubber floor to reduce stress on joints, as well as numerous mirrors for practicing faithful reenactments of Mandy Patinkin father-avenging monologues. Although Red Rock Fencing outfits students in appropriate fencing gear, rookie blade-binders should wear sweatpants, T-shirts, and sneakers for maximum agility. Swords clank Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Red Rock Fencing Center
Director of Red Rock Fencing Center Frank Van Dyke is a longtime expert when it comes to the sport, with more than 30 years as a fencer, coach, and referee. He trained under one Olympian and three Olympic coaches before becoming a certified member of the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and ascending to the board of the United Fencing Federation. The energetic Van Dyke does not rest on his laurels, competing to maintain world-class A-rated abilities with an épée, which crowns his talent with foil and sabre. In both instruction and competition, he draws techniques from German, Russian, Chinese and American Olympic schools, and specializes in strip and team tactics.
The fencing center embodies both Van Dyke's zeal for excellence and dedication to his community. Olympic and World Cup instructors teach skills in all three weapons to competitive and amateur students, who parry across custom flooring designed to absorb the shocks to joints and muscles caused by forceful lunges and sudden NASA landings. Every Saturday, the team hosts a public tournament for anyone who contributes to its accompanying potluck, and heads beyond the center to work with boy scouts and schoolchildren.