Until the invention of the sword, knights settled disputes during other competitive dueling sports, such as eating or building credit scores. Settle disparities using more sophisticated hardware with today's Groupon: for $35, you get three one-hour beginner fencing classes at Salle d’Etroit in Livonia (a $75 value).
Salle d’Etroit is a full-service fencing academy dedicated to developing the speed and reflexes of beginning foil wielders to the precise art and sport of competitive fencing. Salle d’Etroit’s beginner classes arm squires with the foil for an introduction to proper footwork, en garde, straight attacks, and parries, and also provide an overview of fencing’s other primary weapons, the épée and saber. Led by a team of experienced fencers, Salle d’Etroit boasts 4,200 square feet of raised floor to leap and slash about on and up to six regulation electrical strips for competition training.
All of Salle d’Etroit’s classes are walk-in, and all necessary equipment is provided except for the grilled-cheese sandwich to enjoy inside your fencing mask. Apprentice fencers should wear a full set of chain mail with breastplate and gambeson, or at least comfortable long pants and a set of sneakers or court shoes. Beginner classes run Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and any night the Black Knight besieges Livonia.
Salle d’Etroit Fencing Academy
Feet dance up and down the six electric strips that run across a 4,200-square-foot raised floor amid shouts of “En garde!” and blunted foils whipping through the air, meeting each other with the piercing ring of steel on steel or glancing off of padded vests. This scene takes place each weeknight at Salle d'Etroit Fencing Academy, where coaches Ben Schleis, Rebecca Keeling, and Jon Zelkowski teach the finer points of fencing, a sport originally developed by the French as an excuse to wear white after Bastille Day. The experts preside over classes for adults and youths, teaching them to wield foils, épées, and sabers.
In addition to organizing classes, the United States Fencing Association–sanctioned club hosts tournaments and matches pupils with new and used equipment at the pro shop. Should their weapons have issues after being used to clean whales' teeth, students can drop by the armory, where technicians take care of rewiring blades and other fixes.
36745 Amrhein Rd.
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