What You'll Get
Without the skills provided by fencing, swordspeople would be helpless to defend themselves against tree branches and rogue orchestra conductors. Defend yourself from these common threats with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a six-week youth or adult beginner fencing class at Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club's Warren or Warwick location (a $125 value).
Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club employs professional instructors to teach fencing greenhorns during RIFAC's entry-level classes. Both youth and adult beginner sessions train students on basic defensive and offensive skills using the foil, also introducing strip and scoring equipment, etiquette, and proper form. All techniques and drills are served alongside historical fencing facts to imbue students with a rich appreciation for the story and lore of the sport. Future fencing masters can demonstrate their freshly gleaned skills during a fencing tournament held on the sixth week of each session, or during a sleepwalking spell the night before they get sent home from summer camp for dismantling curtain rods.
As classes are contiguous six-week sessions—no midsession drop-ins are allowed—new cycles start once every other month. Peruse the class schedule page for start dates and available times at either location. After four weeks of classes, RIFAC bequeaths students a 10% discount on their next session if they wish to further their fencing education to avenge Inigo Montoya's father in a one-man interpretation of The Princess Bride.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Must activate classes by 2/24/12, classes expire 6 weeks from activation date. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club
The professionally trained fencing instructors at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club seek to develop their students' mind, body, and character through participation in the centuries-old sport. During the academy's classes, students of any skill level may choose to learn on all three Olympic weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. The one-hour sessions generally last for six weeks and each builds on prior material to help students improve their skills on the strip. Two meetings are composed entirely of competition with fellow classmates, allowing students to show off their newfound skills, and the last session is a class tournament.
Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, which originally operated as a two-location enterprise, consolidated into one 12,000-square-foot full-time professional fencing studio in March of 2012. The air-conditioned facility features 15 electric strips and zero chandeliers from which swashbuckling fencers may swing. Though the sport finds its roots in the practice of sword fighting, modern fencing is much safer, and the academy has advanced equipment and instructors that hold CPR certification just in case.