Club Annual Championships and other competitions

The Annual Club Championships for Epee will take place on Tuesday 10th March with Foil on 12th. One round of pools and DE. Also prizes for Intermediates (less than 3 years fencing)

We have our usual invitation to the Malta Open coming up in June, this year with team events to add to the individual foil and epee, which has the bigger entry. It is being held over three days. Originally a friendly match between Maltese and British fencers it is now an international event.

You can find more info and entry form here

Just in case you don’t know, Malta, being between Sicily and the African coast, was a strategic British air base in the Second World war and prevented a lot of military supplies getting to the enemy. It got a real pasting for two years and it’s people almost died from starvation, but never gave in. The island and its people were awarded the George Cross in recognition of their sacrifices.

Tri-Club Competition

We are setting up a new series of competitions with local clubs. Known, for now, as the Tri-Club Competition, Morley Blades, Gravesham Fencing Club and ourselves will be competing against each other over the next three terms using Blackheath as a common base. Epee is the primary weapon but foil teams will also attend from Morley Swords to fence Blackheath.

12th November: A Blackheath Epee team will visit Gravesham. Speak to Gurlal ( to participate
5th December. Morley and Gravesham Epee teams will compete against each other at Blackheath. Morley will bring a foil team to fence Blackheath.

More dates in the New Year will be scheduled later

It is very easy to get used to fencing your fellow club members and knowing all their habits, strengths and weaknesses. These competitions give you the chance to fence new people and practice working out strategies and tactics on the spot!

Blackheath forays into western lands and meets two rivals

Our Summer 2019 battle campaign continued when we ventured into the murky underbelly of central London on 2nd August for our first 3 club friendly team competition with hosts Morley blades and our distant cousins from Staines  a.k.a. Egham Fencing club. 

All participants fielded one foil and one epee team, unfortunately for us we were lacking one epeeist but fortunately we were able to ‘’convince’’ the foilists to take turns masquerading as an epee team member. This however raised some eyebrows when some of them appeared to be hiding hidden talents. Naturally they will be the first to call upon if ever there were another epee drought!

Morley Blades were kind enough to book 4 hours for our little Tri-wizard.. -fencing*- competition and suffice to say everyone enjoyed themselves. Big thank you to them for getting this organised so well! We got to meet and fence new and experienced fencers in a great venue slap bang in the middle of town and spent an hour reminiscing bouts over a beverage and dinner.  

Remi, Khurshid and Dan made up the foil team and produced an impressive display romping to victory in the Foil match. Gurlal and Henry were our only epeeists who could make the event and were teamed up with Khurshid and Dan. The epee team worked very hard but were narrowly ousted by the competing teams with both matches ending in nail biting final bouts. Results below!

That’s all for this season’s campaign! We’ll see you in September for the new term!

For more information on Morley Blades and Egham fencing club follow the links below.

More Blackheath Action

Blackheath fencers, Laura La Delfa and Henry Fazakerley, took part in the Winter Novice & Intermediate Competition run by London Region on 27th January.

Laura took Silver in the Ladies Novice foil, after returning to fencing from a long break, and Henry came 5th in the Mens Intermediate Epee.

London Region now run the Winter and Summer N&I comps, a team event, the CAPITAL OPEN and the London Intermediate Championship, which is also the qualifying competition for British Fencing’s new GB Cup,  in addition to the London Region Youth Championships for under 18 year olds.

Blackheath host Morley Blades for friendly matches

On 1st November Blackheath welcomed Morley Blades for an evening of friendly club matches with 2 épée teams and one foil team each. In the first round of Épée matches our “Black” team made up of Henry, James, Gurlal and Deco won 45:23 against the Morley “D” team while our “Red” team comprising of Maël, Laura, Gianluca and Alex lost 39:45 to the Morley “S” team. There was then enough time to play the reverse matches in a shortened format to 27: Blackheath “Black” won 27:25 against Morley “S” after a close finish while Blackheath “Red” missed out 22:27 in their match against Morley “D”. In the foil match the final score ended as 45:15 to Blackheath. Thank you to Morley Blades for coming over for a very enjoyable and entertaining evening of fencing.
Blackheath vs Morley Epee teams 1st Nov 18
Blackheath and Morley Blades Épée teams (click picture for full size)

Competitions for Musketeers

ALL of these competitions require the fencer to be a registered member of British Fencing

For competition dates check the Event Calendar on the British Fencing website (see under Calendars on the menu)

ROYAL STENNICK CHALLENGE (A good first competition)
(U8/U11/U14/U18 [foil only]/ Adults [all weapons]) Held 2 or 3 times a year Location usually in mid or east Kent but its worth the trip (about 1hr 15m drive from Blackheath Club)
Andrew can email you an entry form.

KENT FOIL U10/12/14 CHAMPIONSHIPS  (A good first competition)
Check for dates. This is a club entry speak to the coaches. Fee £10

KENT FOIL U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS (A good first competition for that age group)
Usually around October/November
Usually held at Tonbridge School

British Youth Championship –  Southeast Region and London Region For those ready to go up a step. Although standalone competitions the top fencers qualify for the National Youth Championship, although this is optional. Complies with the usual age groups. The region you enter depends on the one you selected on your British Fencing membership record. For Musketeers, South East is recommended.

Newham Swords Junior Challenge (for slightly more experienced fencers)
Four competitions in the series collecting points Jan -Jun 2019. See calendar. Fencers come across the country to enter these so will definitely push your boundaries!
SportsDock, UEL, E14 2RD (20mins from Blackheath)

More information and entry here

Blackheath result in battle with Gravesham

On 22 March Blackheath epeeists took on Gravesham in a friendly club match for the first time in a couple of years sending two teams from its growing group of epeeists. The A team comprising Gurlal Jagdev, David Antonopolous and Alister Smith won 45:41 and James Williamson, Marlene Sturm and Christian Gucklesberger formed a B team which narrowly lost 41:42 after running out of time. All enjoyed their visit and thank Gravesham for the invite and hospitality. A return match will be arranged soon!
A team: Gurlal Jagdev, David Antonopolous and Alister Smith and B Team James Williamson, Marlene Sturm and Christian Gucklesberger
A team: Gurlal Jagdev, David Antonopolous and Alister Smith and B Team James Williamson, Marlene Sturm and Christian Gucklesberger [Click image for larger pic]

28th Annual Club Championship 2013

Background The Club championships started in 1977 one year after the club became independent of local authority funding having started as an evening class in 1963. There have been a few gaps in the competition most notably between 2002 and reinstatement in 2011, when the club membership was somewhat smaller than it is now. There were trophies for each weapon but the sabre has gone astray over the years. The Mens’ Foil shield (Geoff Roche Trophy), Mens’ Epee (I think it is, its just called the “Roan Fencing Championship” but has an epeeist on the badge) the Ladies Rosebowl (foil) and the Master at Arms Cup (awarded for best overall fencer at all three weapons) remain albeit in need of refurbishment. As ladies were not allowed to fence epee or sabre until relatively recent times there are no trophies for them at present. Interesting Factoid The Master at Arms cup was won in 1996 by no less than Andy Pavaday, recently appointed as our Head Coach and refereeing today! 2013 – The 28th Annual Championships This year we had a Mens’ Epee competition and a Mixed Foil Championship with special awards for best beginner, best junior (as some had turned up for the cancelled Musketeers Championship) and best Intermediate (fencing under 1 year). Our Club Coaches Stephan Munn and Andy Pavaday very kindly came along to referee for us, even though Andy had not done foil reffing for some years! Mens’ Epee (7 entrants)

The epee was closely and energetically fought (if the shouting was anything to go by) with a pool round followed by the usual Direct Elimination (DE).

The final placings were:

1 James Cross
2 Alex Vitali
3 Ben Warner
3 James Williamson
5 Alistair Smith
6 Steve Cowood
7 Gabor Illes

 (places 5-7 based on pool places)

Ben, our Chairman, was on form in the pool round taking an early lead against the favourite Alex, who, also being beaten by James Williamson, had to be satisfied with  3rd place in the rankings. Ben taking 1st and earning a bye into the DE 2nd Round. In another trend against the pool ranking, 4th place James Cross then beat 2nd ranked James W in the semi while Alex came back strongly to beat Ben in the other semi.

The final battle between James Cross and Alex was close fought with Alex seeming to fade in the final stages as James went ahead to win.

Gabor started fencing in our Summer beginners class and recently moved to epee while Steve was a member until earlier in the year when he moved to north London and was an invited guest as he is clubless at present.

Mixed Foil (11 entrants)

With a shortage of female fencers in recent years, many competitions are now run as mixed events. We then add several sub categories such as best beginner, best intermediate etc., to liven it up and encourage less experienced fencers to take a thrashing  join in in the name of experience!

This year we had one of this term’s beginners (Natalie), seven seniors and older Musketeers (Felix, Jordan and Sofiya) whose morning competition had to be cancelled due to lack of entrants this year and who asked to enter the seniors at the 11th hour. (Brave souls but well done).

There were two rounds of foil, the first with a random selection of ability in each with the top three from each pool forming a ‘Leaders’ second round pool and the remaining 5 a second, ‘Intermediates’ round pool.

Leaders Pool
Giulia 1 Ladies Gold
Helen McKean 2 Ladies Silver
Lee Horn 2 Mens Gold
Malgosia McHugh 4 Ladies Bronze
Andrew Nisbet 5 Mens Silver
Jordan Webb 6 Mens Bronze/Best Junior
 Intermediates Pool
Eva Szabo 1 Best intermediate Under 1 yr
Felix Gilbert 2 Musketeer with Best Potential
Natalie Fell 3 Best beginner
Dave Ingram 4 Commendation
Sofiya Marynyak 5 Esteemed Musketeer

In Round 1 Pool 1 Malgosia took 1st place with 5/5 victories, Andrew 2nd with 4 victories and Guilia (a new member) 3rd with 3. Dave, Eva and Sofiya coming up behind.

Round 1 Pool 2 was led by Helen 4/4, followed by Lee 3 and Musketeer Jordan 2 with Felix and Natalie in the lower places.

In the 2nd Round Leaders pool there was something of an upset as it was won by Giulia 4/5, who defeated both Helen 3 and Malgosia 2 (and who both defeated Andrew 2, who couldnt hit a barn door that afternoon) but was herself defeated by Andrew 5:1! Just showing how individual fencing styles can make such a difference.

Giulia originally learned to fence in her home town in Sicilly and joined us recently after a four year gap so a good day for her. In the ‘Intermediates’ 2nd Round pool Musketeer Felix and Eva both took three victories with Eva winning on indicators by a clear 7 hits despite Sofiya nearly foiling her result (pun intended…) beating her 5:2 to take her only victory! All round a good, fun afternoon’s fencing with guests Sam(antha?) and Giulia’s father, visiting from Italy, helping to consume the tea and coffee and Gabor’s son (age 7) testing the biscuits. Most of the older fencers and referees then retired to The Standard for further refreshment to round off the day. This turned into a slightly extended session as the road works blocked the exit from the pub car park for a while. Such a shame! Medals and Certificates will be presented as soon as possible and some photos should be available soon too.  

Blackheath hosting Kent Individual and Team foil competition

On April 7th at Blackheath High School for Girls (our base)(provisionally) See here for directions Entry forms on the KCAFU website
  • 8.30 check in Individual Foil
  • 12.30 check in Team Foil
This is a mixed gender competition with medals for top 3 men and top 3 women Those entering the Individual comp will be seeded into teams for the Team Comp. Teams not in the Individual will be seeded in based on previous competitions. There will be no pool round on the team competition Refreshments will be available but nearest shop is a 5-10 minute walk away