En Garde, Ready, FENCE!

with Jon Girl P

Fencing Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

A sport that’s been ever-present in the modern Olympic Games, as well as one that appeared as a reference in Shakespeare’s writings, fencing has a rich and storied past. Known for its incorporation of physical and mental strategy, it’s a sport that challenges. Do you... dare?

The class will cover basic education in equipment, protective gear, playing field, the "en garde" stance, advance, retreat, lunge and attack. Dabblers will learn a fundamental terminology and be able to execute the essential movements upon leaving the class. The class begins lecture, light warm-up, agility drills and stretching, followed by footwork, lunge attacks, blade drills, and round-robin fencing. Complimentary class photos are provided.

Note: Minimum age requirement is 12 years old. All students/legal guardians will be asked to sign a waiver before beginning. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Required forms/waivers can be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eqymrt5mevxndja/qbWw5a-AH1 . Please bring completed waivers to class. An optional educational document is also offered in that link. Equipment is provided.

Prerequisites

Participants should email hello@redstarfencing.com and indicate their name, and if they are RH or LH. Equipment is pre-set, so that your class time is spent learning as much material as possible. Once you email me with your RH/LH designation, I will email you [closer to the date] with details on how to prepare for class, what to bring, location, and parking. I cannot fit that email in this interface, so it's kinda important that you make contact with me via email. Your email will also be used to provide the photo link after the class is finished, but will not be used for marketing purposes.

What to bring

Please look at our Dabble folder in DropBox (files 1 &2, file 3 is optional reading material): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eqymrt5mevxndja/qbWw5a-AH1

What will be provided

Yes, all necessary equipment will be provided. Please email hello@redstarfencing.com with your name, date of class, and if you are RH (right handed), or LH (left handed).



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    Geoff C.

    Left about 1 month ago
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    Very fun and engaging class. Class does start a little slow, but it's great in that it teaches you about fencing. Once the class gets going, it's all hard work and fun. Prepare to be worked hard and feel sore and tired afterwards. I would highly recommend this class for anyone looking for a fun way to spend a couple hours or if you're interested in learning something new.

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    Lee P.

    Left about 1 month ago
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    It was a fun class and very interesting to learn a bout a sport you don't normally hear about. The instructor was sweet, charming, and detail-oriented in helping us better acquaint ourselves to the world of fencing. Also, lot of pictures, so that was neat.

    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Lindsey C.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was both incredibly fun and informative. There was just enough time spent on the basic fundamentals, and we were able to jump right in. Fencing is an insane leg workout- and above all, we got to experience something new with fun, positive instructors alongside others who have never tried fencing before. Overall, an A+ experience!","teacher_response":"Hello Lindsey,\r\n\r\nThank you for taking the time for the awesome review! It's very motivating to continue our classes when people are so cool! So glad you had a good time!! Mahalo! "}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Susan C.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Overall, we had a great introduction into fencing. They began the session with an overview of the types of fencing, then a warm up, then some simple footwork, then we had a chance to fence! The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. At the end, they took some great photos and emailed them to us. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a fun, active and enjoyable afternoon activity. I would say that you should be in at least moderate shape for it to be fun the ENTIRE time! :)","teacher_response":"Hi Susan, thank you so much for the kind words, and helpful information for others who are interested in enrolling! We so appreciate it! Cheers!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Sara G.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was both educational and a lot of fun. A portion of the class was dedicated to learning more about the sport itself, then the rest was hands on practice. While I'm definitely not a fencing pro, I learned a lot of the basics and think I could now hold my own in a conversation about the sport. I'd definitely recommend this class--just be prepared to work up a sweat!","teacher_response":"Hi Sara, thank you very much for the review! I am so happy you learned something about our sport. We appreciate the feedback! Thumbs up!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Judi C.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The teacher for this class was amazing!!!! Very thorough and spent time with everyone to make sure they were doing things correctly; a very positive experience!!!!","teacher_response":"Hi Judi, thank you very much for leaving a review, your words motivate me to continue to make the better each time. :)"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jessie W.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! We learned background of fencing and basic rules and different types of fencing! Jon girl and the coach were awesome instructors! Photo op at end was a fantastic touch! ","teacher_response":"Hi Jessie! Thanks for the comments, you are too kind! You and Jason were awesome, we are so happy you enjoyed it. Thanks again for risking the weather and joining us! Cheers!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Denise N.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"What a amazing class. If you have 2.5 hours and you want a great workout this is the class for you. It was a pleasure being taught by Peter and Jon Girl. If you are thinking about signing up for the class..DO IT!!!!!","teacher_response":"Thanks Denise, your comments are so valued and appreciated. We love to share what we do, and are so happy you both enjoyed it! Cheers!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Khortni R.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! ","teacher_response":"Hi Khortni! Are are awesome, thank you for the kind words!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Rebecca B.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class, great workout, good price, would definitely go again. The pictures at the end were the icing on the cake. ","teacher_response":"Hello Rebecca, thank you for the kind words and spending your Sunday with us! Happy Dabblin'!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Dybbuk K.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"It was lots of fun. Really intense. Be prepared for quite a workout.","teacher_response":"Wonderful, thank you so much for being there, and thank you for the review!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Ivy C.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"So much fun! An amazing workout! Most people are reluctant to jab strangers with a fencing foil, but Jon-Girl and her assistant are wonderful instructors and put everyone at ease. There was plenty of practice time and then a fun photo session afterwards. I recommend bringing plenty of water, and a towel and deodorant, and something to tie your hair back. All safety apparel is provided and is clean.","teacher_response":"You are so awesome! Thank you for the feedback, and the GREAT suggestion for the other students! Sweet!!!!!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Andy C.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a blast. The instructor was thorough without going overboard. She gave us the important basics, and her enthusiasm was infectious. Despite the fact that the class required very specific footwork, body positioning, and was very strenuous (at least for me, a \"sort of\" in shape 30-something), she continued to encourage us and made sure we were having fun.","teacher_response":"You ROCK, thank you Andy!"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mary S.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I had a terrific time. The class was well taught, fast paced and exciting! I highly recommend it for anyone looking to try fencing. I'm hooked!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Michelle K.","created_at":"10 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"So fun!!! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Brittney L.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I highly recommend this class! The instructors were both pretty badass and awesome teachers. They made it really easy to understand the rules of the sport. I am neither very well coordinated or particularly in shape, so it was definitely a bit of a workout, but a really fun one and well worth it! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Elise C.","created_at":"12 months","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Absolutely amazing class! I started fencing with Redstar after this dabble class. Everyone there is amazing and so friendly. Its like I am now apart of one big family. The class was so informative and helpful but most of all it was a BLAST! The teacher, JG, was funny, patient and knew her stuff. I have already told my friends about this class and hope that everyone takes it. We even ended the class taking photos in the fencing get up. Amazing! Anyone who wants to spend a day having fun and learning something extremely interesting TAKE THIS CLASS!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mary Z.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was so much fun, and very informative. I had never tried fencing before, so I signed up through Dabble.co to give it a go. Jon-Girl and Peter are fantastic teachers. I really appreciated all the photos they took during class, some of which cracked me up. It was one of the most fun nights I've had in a while. It was also a great workout. The class piqued my interest in fencing, and now I'm interested in watching matches and learning more. I definitely want to do this again! Highly recommended! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/193921/thumb_eddie_fencing.JPG","reviewer_name":"Edward E.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great time, lots of information packed into two hour class. Great physical exercise too. Doesn't matter your ability or knowledge of the sport, they cover the basics for you & give you chance to engage. I recommend for everyone. Bring a friend for even more fun (you can duel)","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Elizabeth K.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Amazing and well worth the money!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/127391/thumb_Profile_Picture.jpg","reviewer_name":"La Tosha J.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I was finally able to cross Fencing off of my bucket list! I learned a lot about the sport, various stances and of course being able to test our skills. I have so much more respect for this sport and it is a great way to stay in shape.","teacher_response":"La Tosha, you totally rocked it tonight! Thanks so much for the kind words!! :)"}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jenn Y.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Jon-Girl and Peter are great teachers - super fun, knowledgeable, easy-going, and patient. It was an info- and action-packed two hours...I definitely got a workout and a great intro to fencing. It's a lot harder than it looks! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I loved this class; cheap, interesting, and gave me knowledge on a sport I knew nothing about. Jon-Girl was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. Thanks Dabble!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Jon Girl's attitude is awesome, positive and fun. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Jon Girl is the man","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Extremely well organized, great content and great experience.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Fencing for all ages, with the opportunity to fence others in a friendly environment.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The instructor for this class was amazing! She made everyone feel comfortable and was very knowledgeable, explaining things in a way to make them easily understood.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Jon-Girl was a great intro teacher. She made me feel very welcome and answered any question in great detail. She took us through every level of fencing and touched on a wide variety topics within the sport. She was an engaging instructor.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a great class. I went with my wife, who has fenced before but, I never fenced before and Jon-Girl and her crew explained everything throughly and had the entire class engaged for the full 2 hours! She also takes photos of you while we are fencing and then allows you upload them for free. A great little perk! Such a great way to spend a Sunday! My wife enjoyed it so much that she is going to join the beginner class this fall!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"\"Interesting (History of fencing, types of weapons, rules of play, etc)\r\nA fantastic workout\r\nEngaging\r\nEasy to get to via public transportation\r\nClean facility\r\nGreat price\"","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Jon-Girl was an awesome instructor, and the class was a great workout!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"https://dabbledoneright-production.s3.amazonaws.com/production/uploads/user/photo/118181/thumb_profile-photo-placeholder.jpg","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"<strong>En Garde, Ready, FENCE!</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"\"The teacher was prepared, passionate, knowledgable, fun...everything I could have wanted from her during this experience. She also made sure to help us individually to develop good basic skills.\r\nDabble offers really unique one-time classes for a great price. What an awesome, affordable, non-intimidating way to try out to a new skill.\"","teacher_response":null}
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    3735 W Belmont Ave, 2nd Floor

    Chicago, IL 60618

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    Redstar Fencing Club Chicago

    3735 W Belmont Ave, 2nd Floor

    Chicago, IL 60618

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    3:00pm - 5:30pm
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    Chicago, IL 60618

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    Jon-Girl is the co-founder and Executive Director of RedStar Fencing Club Chicago, one of the newest private-membership clubs in the Olympic Sport Fencing community. She has been teaching beginner's Fencing since 2006. JG is currently a competitive Sabre Fencer, regularly attending tournaments, including North American Cups. She is a member of the United States Fencing Association, the governing body that sanctions all of US Fencing. Jon-Girl believes in keeping the integrity and elegance of Fencing alive; her energy and love for the sport makes all of her classes extremely fun and memorable.


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