Training for Adult beginners


We have all seen the films, Zorro, Three Musketeers, Prisoner of Zenda, and many others (even James Bond got in on the act), and felt the excitement and thrill that comes

An adult training group

from those deftly manipulated blades! It was Zorro (the 1960’s TV 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 and, have fun and exercise at the same time!

We have 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.

Novice training courses for ages 16 to 60+

For those with no experience or have had a 5 year or more break from fencing

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

It is a nine week course in two parts, plus further fencing of 2 or 3 weeks.

You can pay for each part separately or the whole course for a discount

Tuesdays only 7.30 to 9.30pm. 

The courses are designed so that you can miss one session but missing two in a row will present you with a challenge to catch up

NB You must take out  Introductory Membership of British Fencing. This is FREE but gives you insurance cover for 90 days and access to the online magazine

Part 1 – 5 weeks group training – £60 (£45 for concessions)

  • A brief history of fencing (just the interesting bits)
  • The different weapons
  • Safety (it’s very safe!)
  • Basics of fencing with the foil
    • footwork: advancing, retiring, lunge, step-lunge, ballestra and how to lure your opponent onto your point!
    • simple and compound attacks
    • high and low level defences

Part 2 – 4 weeks group training plus membership to the end of the term (another 2 or 3 weeks) –  £40 (£30 for concessions)

  • Introduction to refereeing
  • Introduction to electric fencing with the foil
  • Transition to one to one coaching
  • Meeting and getting to know the other members with some friendly fencing

OR you can pay for the whole term for a discount – £90 (£65 for concessions)

Concessions are for the unwaged, eg unemployed, students, pensioners, part time workers but not zero hour contractors

If there is more than one from the same family the second and subsequent pay the concession rate. At least one must pay the full rate

For course dates and how to register see below

What to wear?

Trainers, loose fitting trousers, trackies or stretch leggings, (NOT shorts), 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 come along

Had a break? Take our Refresher Course

 (at the beginning of each term only)

If you have fenced before but had a bit of a break. 30 minute 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 Refresh course you can extend your membership to the end of term for just £50 for another 6 to 8 weeks of coaching and fencing

Course Dates and Registration

Both novice and refresher courses start in September, January and after Easter (see the club calendar and Home page for dates)

Occasionally we run a 5 week intermediate course. Keep an eye on the Home page and sign up for emails so we can keep you informed.

Join our Email Listspam free  to be notified of the next tasters and courses

To have a free taster register as a member and come along to your chosen day. Tasters take place on the first week of each course.

If you cannot make the first week you can come the second week. After that you will need to wait until the next course.

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What some attendees have said:

En Guarde!

“An exciting course in a sociable and welcoming

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

A third of our members joined after completing an adult training course. May 2017