For $35, today’s deal gets you a one-month Intro to Fencing Class at Utah Swords Academy in Sandy (a $75 value). Beginner courses start on the first Wednesday of every month and run for 45 minutes once a week for four weeks.
Headed by World Cup fencer and former Olympic coach Sergei Gritsaev, Utah Swords Academy teaches aspiring masters of the blade the fine points of recreational dueling. Catering to desires for competition and fitness, fencing improves speed, agility, and strength in a demanding cardiovascular workout, honing reflexes and the ability to defend one's honor from scurrilous rogues.
In the beginner class, students of the sword learn the basics of fencing, covering arcane terminology, fancy footwork, and bouting strategies. Pupils can opt for training in the foil, epee, or saber, and classes are open to neophytes from age 5 to the fully grown.
Utah Swords Academy’s fully equipped gym has eight fencing strips with automatic scoring machines, providing a proper field of battle and ensuring that no touch goes unnoted. During practice, students are safely encased in a stylish panoply of armor, including padded jackets to prevent errant blades from poking tender flesh and mesh helmets to discreetly hide revenge-engendering scars or uncanny likenesses to the king.
Utah Swords Academy
Sergei Gritsaev taught his first student to swing a saber more than 30 years ago in his native Ukraine. Throughout the course of those three decades, also Sergei progressed and went on to train the country’s national team for the world championships. Now, assisted by two other coaches, he hones Salt Lake City’s finest competitive and recreational swords folk at Utah Swords Academy. There, he teaches his students the art of manipulating fencing’s three classic blades: foil, épée, and saber. No matter the chosen blade, Sergei begins each course of study by focusing on footwork and vocabulary. After students learn to walk the walk and talk the talk, lessons progress to more complex blade techniques, including feints, defenses, and long-legged lunges.