After stuffing my face with old-world dumplings and hefty European brews at Szalas and Klas in 2011, it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution to improve my physical fitness (and avoid the rich man’s disease: gout). Fortunately, Forteza Fitness in Ravenswood, Chicago will be offering just the program for the likes of me.
Forteza Fitness, Physical Culture and Martial Arts will be opening a 5000 square foot center at 4437 N. Ravenswood. The space will feature Indian clubs, medicine balls, an 1880s rowing machine and an upstairs gentlemens’ club and library. One must exercise the mind as well as the body.
February will feature fencing, fighting and self-defense. A website is expected to arrive shortly.
To kick things off, Mr. Tony Wolf will lead a 6-week bartitsu course on January 22, 2012. This method of self-defense utilizes canes or umbrellas and was devised by Edward William Barton-Wright in 1899. Sherlock Holmes was a (fictional) practitioner. Make haste, as it has been filling up rapidly!