Cyrano's Place is a fencing club in Lakewood, Ohio, just minutes from downtown Cleveland. We teach Olympic Style Fencing in all three weapons: Epee, Foil, and Saber. All skill levels are welcome, check out the Classes & Schedule page to for more info about class times.
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We put the highest priority on safety, respect, and sportsmanship. These three elements are essential to creating an environment where all of our members can learn and grow in the sport of Fencing, and of course, have fun! Team is a huge part of who we are as a club. Everyone who walks through the door is offered a chance to compete and become part of our close-knit community. We offer classes for children as young as seven years old and any age above that.
At Cyrano's Place, we teach Olympic Style Fencing. This sport is fast paced, exhilarating, and surprisingly accessible. There are three main disciplines in Fencing: Epee, Foil, and Saber. Fencing is also one of the safest Olympic sports, boasting a very low injury rate.
Epee is fenced with the entire body as valid target and the rules are simple -- whoever hits first gets the touche!
Foil, like Epee scores by hitting the opponent with the tip of the blade, but only the torso is valid target.
Additionally, right-of-way (a set of rules used to determine who "controlled" the action) applies. A touche is awarded when a fencer hits valid target with right of way.
Saber also uses right-of-way, but only the upper body is target area. Touches are scored by hitting with the side of the blade.
Come by the club and try all three! You'll be surprised at how closely one of these disciplines matches your personality and competitive style!
We belive that everybody needs a unique style of coaching. We also understand that each person who walks in the door comes in for a different reason. It is our goal to help you achieve whatever you would like out of fencing.
Some people fence to relieve stress, some are recreational competitors, and others work to be serious competitive athletes striving for full ride scholarships to college and National teams. No matter what you want to get out of Fencing, we can make it happen.
Our classes are designed to help you build the fitness you need to compete. Since Fencing is both a mental and physical discipline, we train both your body and your brain in every class, helping you become a strong competitor.
Head coach Sara Kass has been in the sport of fencing for 45 years. She has competed extensively locally, regionally, and nationally, including a national finalist in the first two Women's Saber USA National Championships, multiple foil national finalist, represented the USA in Israel for the 2013 Maccabiah games and brought home gold. She studied and fenced at Hunter College in New York.
She's been to two Olympic games as a scorekeeper. Was on the national board of USA Fencing. Has held many administrative positions in the region. Is a certified referee in all weapons.