You can still join our Adult beginner course on Tuesday 18th Sept. First session free. Our next course will be January 2019
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
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
Either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 7.30 to 9.30pm. You can swop days to cope with workload, illness etc., by agreement with the coach
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
Part 1 – 5 weeks group training – £50 (£40 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) – £50 (£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 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.