What You'll Get
The debonair art of fencing demands steel nerves and quick reflexes, much like other popular dueling sports, such as eating or balancing checkbooks. Explore a fast-paced way to settle differences with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a two-hour group introductory fencing class at The Fencing Center (a $90 value).
In business since 1981, the experienced instructors at The Fencing Center teach students well-timed parries, dodges, and thrusts as part of their fencing movement training. During the introductory class, teachers lay a solid foundation by leading their future skinnysword champions through the ins and outs of fencing, touching on essential skills such as leaping off of things and making witty remarks to defeated foes. Once students have grasped the basics, they then have a chance to try their hands at some sparring. Class sizes hover around 12–15, which is small enough to give students the chance to ask questions about the sport or discuss the possibility of getting a job as a musketeer.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 27, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must be 13 or older. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About The Fencing Center
The Fencing Center & Yoga Studio has been immersing students in swordplay and multiple yoga styles since 1981, The nonprofit employs 8 fencing coaches, one being a three-weapon Moniteur d'Escrime recipient, and surrounds students in a highly-decorated environment of achievement. Champions at international and local levels have gone through their doors, though not before starting out with required introductory and beginner classes. Students can then graduate to advanced techniques and competitive training programs in epée, foil, or saber. The center also provides 16 Olympic-style strips, 11 being grounded for a true competitive experience.
As the coach and founding member of St. Michael's Salle d'Armes and currently the Guild's Fight Coordinator, Tony Barajas is responsible for the safety and efficacy of their combat activities. His accolades include operating as the assistant coach at the College of San Mateo Fencing Club, head coach of 'Historical Fencing' program at The Fencing Center in San Jose, training in classical Italian fencing at the San Jose State Fencing Masters Program, fencing with historical Rapier and Dagger, Side Sword and Longsword, foot combat in full armor, earning a Provost at Arms as well as studying traditional martial arts including aikido, jujitsu, kendo, and iaido.
Located above all the parrying, TFC's yoga studio offers classes in a variety of styles. Five teachers guide students through Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin styles of yoga in a relaxing yet high-energy environment.