Training Courses for 2014/15

We have revised our training courses for the year 2014/15 ie from September 2014.

Our Level 1 course is aimed at adult novices and runs for half a term teaching all the necessary basics.

Our Level 2 course is aimed at those with some initial training, such as the level 1 course,

To give all potential fencers some options the courses are staggered ie, Tuesday’s Level 2 runs at the same time as the Level 1 on Thursdays.

Our Refesher Course is aimed at those who may have taken a break for a year or so and hopefully encouraging some to return to fencing. It only runs once a term and, at present, on Thursdays only.

Details of all the adult courses can be found on our Adult Training page

Jordan adds to Musketeers medals

Blackheath Musketeer, Jordan Webb, took the Bronze medal in the Kent County Under 16 boys Foil championship in Tonbridge on 10th November.

Jordan (2nd right) with the other medal winners and Corsini King from Kent County AFU
Jordan (2nd right) with the other medal winners and Corsini King from Kent County AFU

Jordan, who started fencing just 15 months ago, has been working his way up the competition ladder in the U14 group. His persistence and effort paid off as he broke into the medal winners this time and in the higher U16 age group. A super achievement.

New Head Coach for Blackheath

From the beginning of this term we are pleased to announce that our new Head Coach will be Andy PavadayAndyPavaday

 

Andy is an extremely experienced fencer and coach and is qualified to level 5 (the top level) in coaching for all three weapons. Some of the adult members (including me) have been on his development courses. He also coaches at Brixton Fencing Club, a large and successful club with a long history of developing excellent fencers.

 

Andy will be coaching both the Musketeers and the adult fencers and will be around from 6:30 to 9:30 on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. This should be great for both the adult and youth fencers as our new head coach will be available for all of our fencing sessions.

 

This means that the Musketeers gain an additional coach to complement the great work being undertaken by Stephan and Alan and one who has taken junior fencers to the very highest level of the sport including onto the British team.

 

Andy lives locally, started fencing in Greenwich and was a member of Blackheath club until the mid 90’s.

 

This is a big step up for the club and especially for our Musketeers where we should see his impact over the coming season. I am sure you will join us in welcoming him to the club. More details about Andy can be found on the Coaches Page

Farewell to Marc Chapman

Marc Chapman left our club in July having been our Head Coach for over six years. He joined the club when we had only one adult session per week on a Tuesday. When we added the Musketeers, and then Thursdays, his other commitments prevented him from being more than an advisor albeit an invaluable one who has guided the club to its present state.
Marc has now taken a senior position in British Fencing as coach for the national U20 epee team which involves a lot of international travel and he felt that he was unable to give Blackheath the attention it needs. We are sorry to see him go, wish him well for the future but we know he will be following us as we will also be following his career. Look out for him at Olympics 2020!
Good luck Marc!

2012 concludes with bangs and prizes at Blackheath!

Blackheath Fencing Club brought its year to a close with the Annual Club Championships 2012. Held Sunday 9th Dec 12 when Musketeers and Seniors members fought it out for both Club and intermediate champions!

The Musketeers Senior Champion was Peter Tsirushkin with 5 straight victories followed by Tom Bevan with 4 and third was a newcomer, fencing only since September ’12, Mandla Thane! Also coming 3rd in his preliminary pool he also took the ‘Best Fencer with under 4 months training’ Award.

In the Intermediate (plate) competition Gold certificate winner was Jordan Webb, with 8year old Storm Bredhal in Silver place and Felix Gilbert in Bronze. Gentleman of the Match went to Josh Knight. Both Senior and Intermediate winners also received £15 gift vouchers towards fencing kit.

The Adult competition followed in the afternoon with Yvo Pokera taking the foil Gold for the second year running with 5 victories, Xavier del Rincon Silver, and Andrew Nisbet Bronze. In Epée, Simon Owen took the Gold, Xavier the Silver and Andrew Bronze with Rob des Forges taking the Beginner’s Award!

On Tuesday 13th we held a Parents evening with mulled wine and mince pies for the parents, lemonade, crisps and biscuits for the Musketeers together with some Christmas fencing games resulting in some resonating booms as balloons were disposed of in time honoured fashion!

Following the prize giving, including some BF Achievement awards, the parents were dragooned, I mean ‘encouraged’, to take a 20 minute fencing lesson with Go Fence kit followed by the Annual Parent Knockout Competition won this year by Guoli Bredhal (yep, clearly runs in the family) who narrowly defeated last year’s champ Jim Howard.

The new Thursday club (nicknamed the Thursday Terrors which only started in Sept ’12) had their own balloon relay race and chocy biscuits with lemonade followed by their first full session on the electric box and nice to see some fencing champions in the making after only starting a few weeks back!

Our year finally ends with Christmas Dinner next week at Davys Winebar, Greenwich.

We are back on Tuesday 8th January and Thursday 10th. Seasons Greetings to all and have a safe holiday.

Club Xmas Dinner

This will be held on Tuesday 18th December, 7.30 for 8pm. £25 for starter and main, Dessert optional £4 – £7. Partners, parents and friends of paid up members welcome. Max 40 persons. Location details, menu and signup sheet on the noticeboard or by email to Andrew. £10 deposit balance payable on the night.

The prizes for Club Championships will be awarded during the evening. This is our main social event of the year so do come along!