Before he discovered that audiences enjoyed breathtaking fencing duels, Shakespeare ended his plays by revealing that the villain was actually Mr. Wickles, the jilted horseminder. Add action to the scenes of your life with today’s Groupon for classes at Rochester Fencing Club. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get an introductory fencing lesson (a $50 value).
- For $75, you get four Learn to Fence classes (a $155 value).
Two former Olympic fencers helm the Rochester Fencing Club, which shapes up aspiring swordspeople with various beginner's classes open to all age groups. One of the club's talented instructors will lead students through the basics in each introductory class, demonstrating all the fancy footwork, offensive thrusts, and point-denying parries needed to go en garde or catch dozens of falling apples on a kebab skewer. The single introductory course helps duelers understand the ins and outs of the sport over a two-hour class. Meanwhile, in the four-class package, swashbucklers—grouped by their respective ages—will polish their finesse and hand-eye coordination in 75-minute lessons held on Saturdays. Though students must draw on their own twirly mustaches, all fencing equipment—such as foil, mask, and vest—is included with the class.
Rochester Fencing Club
Since opening in 1981, Rochester Fencing Club has produced two world-champion fencers and a slew of prodigious Olympian qualifiers, including five members on the 1996 team, four on the 2000 team, and one on the 2008 team. Two of those Olympians, sisters Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, have returned to the facilities as co-owners and instructors. Iris’s fencing aptitude has earned her a position as the president of the Stanford Fencing Association, while Felicia’s fencing prowess—she was the first and only woman to win the NCAA championship in both foil and épée—remains unrivaled despite rumors that rhinoceroses will now be allowed to compete. Continuing the club’s tradition of excellence, the staff cultivates talent among young fencers in summer camps and classes of all levels. Two-hour birthday parties teach kids fencing basics, followed by an hour of frenzied birthday-cake consumption and duels with piñatas.