You do not get to easily learn a 12th century sport—a sport James Bond is known to have aced in Die Another Day, and one that is also a part of the Olympics. Fencing Training and Research Institute aka FTRI is giving everyone a chance to channel their inner Zorro and be en garde.
We'd like to think that after watching movies like Pirates Of The Caribbean, A Knight’s Tale and Mask of Zorro, most of us respect the art of fencing already.
With the FTRI (with centres both in Gurgaon and South Delhi), you can train in this medieval sport that demands more discipline and attention than we have to spare these days (but might just be willing to give once we get the taste of this competitive sport). And this isn’t the only thing you learn here; Fencing not only is known to improve lower body strength and speed, but hand-eye coordination too.
The academy offers three programs, Beginner's, Intermediate and Competitive which has three sub-levels. Whether you're comfortable in attending the weekday classes or the weekend ones, they have slots available for all seven days. You'll be provided with the equipment in the initial phase of your joining but eventually you'll have to purchase your own fencing kit.
Sign up for a trial class and if this is something you see yourself doing in the longish-term. They charge around INR 3,000 for a month (two sessions). This price however varies according to the number of sessions you opt for.
You can register yourself through their website or at the academies in person.