Free taster sessions for Adults and Musketeers (U16) will be New Year January 2020
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Training for Adult beginners
You may have seen the films, Zorro, Three Musketeers, Prisoner of Zenda, and many others (even James Bond got in on the act in Die Another Day), and felt the excitement and thrill that comes from those deftly manipulated blades!
It was Zorro (the 1950’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
Our next courses start on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th September 7.30 to 9.15 and include a free taster session if you want to try before you buy
Then follow up with a further eight weeks in two parts, plus further fencing of 5 weeks up to Christmas!
If you cant make the taster/first week then you can start on 10th/12th September as we will revise the first session. After that it will be best to join our New Year course.
You can pay for each part separately or for the whole course for a discount
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 – £60 (£45 for concessions)
A brief history of fencing (just the interesting bits)
An introduction to 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 course for a discount – £90 (£65 for concessions)
Concessions are for the unwaged, eg unemployed, university students, pensioners, part time workers but not zero hour contractors or those still at school.
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
Please note that you will have to take out free introductory membership of British Fencing. This lasts for 90 days. More info in the registration process
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 introductory social event and you are welcome to come along. Details on the day
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.