According to a recent study, most Americans are dangerously ill-equipped to defend themselves against roving gangs of fops in powdered wigs and have no idea how to chandelier swing their way out of harm’s way. Improve your self-defense skills with today's Groupon: for $25, you get four one-hour adult (ages 12 and up)—or four musketeer (ages 8–11)—fencing classes and one half-hour private lesson at Salem Classical Fencing (up to a $60 value). Salem Classical Fencing furnishes participants with all equipment.
Salem Classical Fencing's battalion of nationally ranked instructors, each certified by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association, equips students of all melee mettles with an arsenal of unparalleled parries and thrusts. Adult classes encompass fencing history, theory, and technique, keeping duelists on their toes with a flurry of lectures, demonstrations, and interactive drills. Intro Foil I focuses on noncompetitive sparring, and Intro Foil II introduces officiated bouts to the curriculum. Mastering the foil will allow budding blade wielders to try classes in more advanced weapons, such as the epee and the saber. Children can similarly flourish their foils during the musketeers program while enjoying an engaging physical and mental workout. A half-hour private session hones swashbuckling skills according to each student’s prowess amid the century-old studio's 2,000 square feet of vaulted, naturally lit space, which ring at all hours with shouts of "en garde" and "riposte" and "kamehameha."
Salem Fencing Club
Under the high ceilings of a warehouse dating back to the 1970s, the Salem Fencing Club team leads training sessions and competitions for its members and guests. A nonprofit organization, Salem Fencing Club aims to share the honor, chivalry, and respect integral to this historic sport with its community. To that end, they provide classes for various skill levels and organize children's day camps, filling them with lessons, crafts, games, and campfires, during which students are trained to fight the urge to toast marshmallows on their épées. Though the facility is decades old, the sparring space has been updated to include virtual scoring and overhead reel-less systems.