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.

Course Outline

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
  • Fencing etiquette
  • 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!

Not sure if fencing is for you?

Come to a taster session held on the first day of every term. Check club calendar for dates.

Please note that we can only guarantee a place on a course if it has been booked in advance.

Length of courses, fees and how can I pay?

Training courses. The number of weeks varies according to the school term etc but fees work out at £10 per session.

All fees are payable in advance, or at the end of the free taster session

You may pay by Internet Banking, Credit or Debit card,  Paypal, Cheque or Cash. Please go through the Club Shop, for instructions.

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