Fencing is America's favorite sport because it combines the visceral excitement of swordplay with the awesome outfits of beekeeping. Fight fashionably with today's Groupon: for $40, you get four one-hour introductory fencing classes for adults (a $100 value) from San Francisco Fencers’ Club on Thursday night, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
San Francisco Fencers’ Club's coaching team includes swordsmen that have wielded blades the world over on their way to garnering gold medals in international competitions and the prestigious Master of Arms in the First Degree from France. Take to the studio's sprung-wood fencing surface with other students to learn proper fencing etiquette, the dos and don'ts of foil use, and how to slice the wings off a paper airplane in midflight. During each session, an instructor introduces students to the same techniques and training relied on to help former students find placement on college fencing teams at schools such as Princeton and Stanford.
Fencing's swift movements and fast-paced action offer a more exciting workout alternative to traditional gyms and untraditional painting instruction. Necessary equipment is provided for beginners, who are encouraged to bring little more than a water bottle and an open mind. Participants should wear comfortable, gym-style clothing and tennis shoes.
San Francisco Fencers Club
Since it was founded in 2006, San Francisco Fencers Club has weathered a furious storm of praise. For the past three years it has been named a top contender for The Bay Area A List's Best Sport and Social Club, and it took the number one spot in 2010. It has also nurtured many star pupils, some of whom have earned top spots at the World Cup, snagged national medals, and been accepted to top schools, including Princeton, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, and Vassar.
Behind each champion stands the club's team of seasoned coaches. These teachers keep class sizes small, so they can help students achieve technical excellence while emphasizing the importance of having fun and making friends. Classes take place atop contemporary, sprung, wood fencing floors, and points are tallied by an electronic scoring system, as opposed to a giant abacus hanging from the ceiling.
4000 Balboa St.
San Francisco, California 94121