Fencing was once commonly learned at an early age, which is why so many octogenarians still settle disputes with games of Rock, Paper, Épée. Celebrate civilized swordplay with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two group fencing lessons at Wilton Fencing Academy (a $50 value). Classes take place throughout the week, as listed on the academy’s class schedule.
Wilton Fencing Academy’s experienced swashbucklers teach students young and old the adventurous way of the rapier. During 45-minute group classes, six to eight students garb themselves in appropriate safety gear, unsheathe a practice sword, and belt out their favorite quotes from The Three Musketeers inside the academy’s open-floor facility, where free WiFi thrives in the abundant sunlight that seeps in through large bay windows. Alongside their understudies, fencing instructors demonstrate and teach a number of fencing techniques, such as ripostes and lunges, in fun sporting sessions that double as an alternative form of exercise. Today's Groupon makes for an interesting first date, although prospective fencers can opt to redeem the lessons separately to cement newfound skills and prepare to best boastful knights at the next Renaissance Faire.
Wilton Fencing Academy
The coaches at Wilton Fencing Academy call upon decades of instructing experience as well as years of contending in national championships and collegiate competitions. During fencing classes, coaches aim to teach students the coordination, speed, agility, and self-assurance that is not only essential to competition, but also to everyday life. Students practice powerful driving moves and crafty defenses inside the academy's world-class facilities, which feature electronic scoring systems, wall projections, and regulation competition strips. In a separate viewing area, parents can admire their children's progress and unwavering concentration behind large windows. The academy is also home to the Performing Arts Center of Wilton, which helps students discover stage-navigating skills such as ballet, acting, and how to dodge shepherd's crooks.