Training for Adult beginners

We have all seen the films, Zorro, Three Musketeers, Prisoner of Zenda,

(even James Bond got in on the act), and felt the excitement and thrill that comes

An adult training group

An adult training group Jan 2014

from those deftly manipulated blades! It was Zorro (the 1960’s series…) that inspired me to start fencing at age 11. And I am still at it…

Now you too can learn the secrets of fencing, join the battles, experience the exhilaration of the duel, have fun and exercise!

We have a range of courses to suit the absolute Novice and those wishing to return to fencing after a break. Fencing may look complicated but we break it down into easily learned chunks and you will be fencing by the end of your first session.

Training courses at Blackheath Fencing Club

Adults (16+)

For those with no experience or have not fenced for 5 or more years

You will have a dedicated, qualified coach and all equipment will be provided

5 week course (or half of the term which ever comes first)

  • History of fencing (just the interesting bits)
  • Introduction to the different weapons
  • Safety (it’s very safe!)
  • Basics of fencing with the foil
    • footwork advancing, retiring, lunge, step-lunge (and how to lure your opponent onto your point!),
    • simple and compound attacks
    • high and low level defences.
  • Option to continue onto the remainder of the nine week course

9 week course (includes membership to the end of the term)

As per the five week course plus (after the half term break)

  • two weeks introduction to electric fencing with the foil
  • Introduction to refereeing
  • transition to one to one coaching
  • meeting and getting to know the other members with some friendly fencing

The best way to learn is to have some personal coaching and fence those with a bit more experience. You can then judge your progress week by week!

All sessions are Tuesdays or Thursdays 7.30 to 9.30

What to wear?

Trainers, loose fitting trousers, trackies or stretch leggings, T-Shirt (perhaps a 2nd dry one for the trip home), something to drink, squash or water. And lots of enthusiasm!

A number of fencers retire to a local hostelry for a drink and a chat and you are welcome to join us

We often have an end of term social event and you are welcome to cone along

Refresher Course

 (at the beginning of each term only)

For those who have fenced for a few years but had a longish (2 years plus) break. 1 hour group session per week for 4 weeks  revising footwork skills, direct and indirect attacks, lateral, circular and semi-circular parries followed by integration fencing with other club members.

Dedicated and qualified coach

After completion of the course extend your membership to the end of term for just £50 for another 6 to 8 weeks of coaching and fencing

Course Dates and prices

Courses start in September, January and after Easter (see calendar for dates)

Occasionally a 5 week course may be run in the second half of each term. Keep an eye on the calendar and sign up for emails so we can keep you informed.

As terms vary in the number of weeks the course price changes to suit but it works out at £10 per week. £50 for a five week, £60 for six weeks and £90 for a nine weeks. The standard club fee is also £90 per term which works out at about £8.50 a week. All fees payable in advance or after the taster session.

There is a £20 discount for Students and Unwaged

Join our Email List (spam free) to be notified of the next tasters and courses

To have a free taster send us a message through our Contact Page. Tasters take place on the first week of each course.

OR dive in and

Book through the Club Shop


What some attendees have said:

En Guarde!

En Guarde!

“An exciting course in a sociable and welcoming

atmosphere. Looking forward to coming back next term.”  Stuart (beginners course Autumn ’12)


Out of 48 adults trained Sept’12 to Easter ’13,  19 became full members!”