Bringing the Olympic sport of fencing to Newton Highlands!webmaster
Save the date: January 7, 2023!
Originally scheduled to open in Newton Highlands, in March of 2020, in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to finally announce, after three years, the GRAND OPENING on January 7, 2023!
What to expect
– a brand new public elevator
– improved parking
– handicapped access
– two new restrooms
– a small gym space
– coffee corner
– kids area
On the fencing side
– 6500 SF of fencing floor
– thirteen metallic fencing strips
– electronic score system
– changing rooms
Mirroring the exact same programs structure, fees, and staff as our sister Cambridge location, we are looking forward to bring this wonderful sport to Newton families, and raise a new generation of strong, successful fencers.
- Established in 2012 in Cambridge, MA, Olympia Fencing Center is the largest épée fencing club in the USA, nationally and internationally recognized.
- Small group setting classes are taught by experienced coaches, following the protocols under the guidance of the USA Fencing Association, and the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
- Memberships are month to month (starting at $99.00), and full fencing gear is provided.
- Anyone can practice it: any age, body type, or fitness ability.
- It’s a lifetime sport: because of the adaptability of the motion and speed, fencing can be continued throughout an entire lifespan, at both recreational and competitive levels. There are numerous people ages 40 to 80, participating in Veterans World Cups, and enjoying traveling and practicing a sport that is both fun and has health benefits!
- Brings together people across ages and nationalities: people from all over the world participate in national and international competitions, and make friends easily: it’s an international community where everyone knows everyone.
Here are a few health benefits of fencing
- Strength and Endurance
- Increased Aerobic, Anaerobic Fitness
- Emphasizes agility, alertness, and endurance
- Increased Mental Agility
- Increased Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination
- Stress Reduction
- Cardiovascular Health
Did you know that many actors/celebrities have hidden talents, among which, fencing?
First to get the honor in our opinion is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who not only runs a fencing festival under his name, the Arnold Classic, but gives away fencing scholarships.
Among other great things he accomplished, Mark Zuckerberg was the captain of his high school team, Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH).
Of course, many of us watched in awe Catherine Zeta Jones and Antonio Banderas dueling each other in the Mask of Zorro, or Madonna and Pierce Brosnan‘s sword “dancing” in Die Another Day.
If you haven’t watch it yet, please do: The Fencer tells the story of a young Estonian fencer fleeing from the Russian secret police, and forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. His pupils quickly become inspired by his passion, and he forms a fencing class.
Grace Kelly, the notorious Hollywood actor and princess, studied fencing at the University of Southern California under the great French master Louis Jourdan.
Singer Neil Diamond was offered a full ride to NYU on a fencing scholarship. He describes his relationship with the sport as a love affair, and seriously enjoyed the feeling of victory he experienced during his fencing career.
Robert Redford is rumored to have dueled with his director, George Roy Hill, during the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Actors Tom Cruise and Will Smith, and British football star David Beckham all fence simply for the love of the sport and one another’s company. They’ve formed a sort of informal “fencer’s club” and they gather as often as possible to train together. According to Smith, Cruise was his instructor, and Cruise has even built a fencing training area into his home. The three use their shared love of fencing as a time to bond (and get some exercise).
Even President Obama had his try at fencing, during Tim Morehouse’s visit to the White House, in 2019.
The Team Silver Olympic Medalist (Beijing 2008), has had the honor to cross blades with the President, in this brief encounter, and hear him say: ““I always wanted to try fencing, and maybe you guys,” he said pointing at us, “can give me a few pointers”.