The junior club is full. Next free taster after Easter
Our next Adult Beginners course will be after Easter '19
Adult Training FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
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What will Fencing do for me?
Fencing is superb exercise for body and mind. It will let you escape the pressures of everyday life and work off those stresses. It is good for your heart, your head and your general physical health. It is, of course, an international sport and you can compete all over the country, and the world, if you wish!
Films use stage fencing for dramatic effect. Modern fencing is based on efficiency of movement, stealth and tactics but loses none of the excitement. Fencing is Fun!
Fencing is a Sport for All! We are a fully inclusive club, whatever your age or background, for a fully inclusive sport.
Fencing is A Sport for Life! We have fencers of all ages from 8 to 80, once learned it is not forgotten and many fencers come back to it if they have had to take a break. For me the break was 14 years long and I took it up again in my late forties
The Adult Novices Course
We have been running these since 2008 and they are very popular so you need to book as soon as you can.
Maximum of 12 per course.
All classes start at 7.30pm at Blackheath High School, Vanbrugh Park, SE3 7AG. Directions to the club and a map can be found on our Where and When page
Who is it for?
Men and Women aged 16 or over with little or no experience and with any degree of fitness. Those under 16 would be better joining the Junior group ( The Blackheath Musketeers).
Several disabilities can be accommodated provided it does not impact safety. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
The course includes:
A full time, qualified coach
All the equipment required
History and background to the three weapons
Clothing and safety guidelines
The armoury and care of equipment
Footwork skills and tricks
Simple and compound attacks
Parries and other defences
Fencing with others from day one
Introduction to tactics
More types of attacks (eg balestra, fleche)
Judging and refereeing
Electric fencing with the foil
a brief introduction to epee and sabre, the other two weapons
A typical evening will consist of:
Five to ten minute warm up to avoid common muscle injuries and to get you ready for action!
Revision of the previous week’s activities for reinforcement and for those who may have missed them
Group instruction and practice on an attack, defence, footwork, distance control or tactics. Usually two or three new techniques each week
A period of free fencing with other trainees practicing the moves you have learned
What if I miss a few weeks?
We all have busy lives and we appreciate life and work can get in the way but we can work around that and fill in anything you have missed.
If you miss more than 2 weeks in a row we will do what we can to catch you up and rejoin the group
Who will be teaching me?
All our Coaches are British Fencing qualified and registered. They will have assistance from senior club members at times. You can find out more about them on our Coaches page.
What equipment do I need to bring?
The club provides all the fencing equipment you require for the course. You need to bring trainers, T-shirt (and a dry one to change into after), loose fitting or stretch trousers/leggings, a bottle of water or juice and lots of enthusiasm!
At some point you will want to buy your own kit. We get club discount from major suppliers and can advise on what to buy.
Secondhand items are often available through the club. Do not buy online, new or secondhand, without advice!