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 $49, you get a seven-week beginners' fencing course at Worcester Fencing Club (up to a $170 value).
Certified by the United States Fencing Association, Worcester Fencing Club's head coach Doug Jacobs forges proper swordsmen with more than 20 years of instruction experience. Throughout the seven-week course, students will practice fundamental footwork, thrusts, parries, and touchdown celebrations in the club's 8,000-square-foot fencing facility. The introductory foil course is offered for ages 11 and up, with kids ages 7–11 placed in a more gently paced class that emphasizes fun and safety. Adults ages 12 and older delve deeper into the intricacies of the sport and the nuances of obtaining a dashing mustache. Classes meet once a week for seven weeks and provide students with all the masks, vests, swords, and fencing bonnets necessary for combat.
Worcester Fencing Club
Perhaps as a tribute to the timeless nature of the sword, the Worcester Fencing Club began as a small class held at the Higgins Armory Museum, a collection of arms and armor from medieval Europe and beyond. There, Doug Jacobs—a United States Fencing Association–certified instructor—began imparting his knowledge to a handful of students, giving them a small taste of the age-old sport that, over the years, had become unfairly associated with bullies popping balloons in the streets. Still, many of his students wished to extend their training, and—upon a suggestion of the mother of some of his students—Doug expanded his academy in 1998, forming the Worcester Fencing Club. Today, the school continues to draw fresh blood, introducing students of all ages and experience levels to modern- and Olympic-style fencing in classes still often taught by Doug himself.