Dear All,

In this issue:

2005 Championships

Some fencers from the club took part in the yesterday's London Intermediate Championships held under the auspices of London Fencing board. The competition was a tough one, with more then 60 fencers taking part and everyone wanting to win. The banging of the swords, shouting and other emotional sounds and were shaking the Stonebridge sports centre from the early morning till darkness. Congratulations to our fencers who despite partying all night before showed excellent skills and merit: Louise Banbury took Gold in women's sabre, Amelia Hill - Silver in women's sabre and Rachel Brooks won Bronze in women's epee!

Fencing picnic next bank holiday 30 May 2005

Fencing picnics are the most common form for fencers to communicate with nature. Clearly, crossing swords out doors has numerous benefits. It sends fresh air into your lungs. It impresses onlookers. It puts your skills into perspective of how fencing was originally done: on rough surfaces and slippery slopes.

The meeting place: Highbury Fields. It is near Highbury and Islington tube (Victoria line or Silverlink). Walk out of the tube and you'll see Barclays bank on the other side of Holloway road. Highbury Fields are just behind it.  Look for people with white jackets and masks.
Free parking after 1.30.

What to bring: your wonderful self, bottle of wine, food, friends, dog, and something to fence with.

Please note that this relies on the fine weather on the day.  However, if at 1 pm on Monday you realize that it's pouring with rain please assume that the picnic was postponed until the sunnier days! If in doubt please phone me on 07951 414409.The Four Guards

New in: Salle Gadaski limited edition T-shirts!

Exclusive designer T-shirt representing the Four Guards (parries) from 1553 Trattato di Scienza d'Arme by the Italian fencing master Camillo Agrippa.

Agrippa's achievement was in creating a simple system of four parries which he named prima, seconda, terza and quarta - corresponding to our modern prime, second, tierce and quarte. He was also professing superiority of the thrust over the cut and was the first to mention that you should fix your eye on the adversary's hand, and not his face.

The T-shirts are suitable for fencing, showing off, clubing and some other activities. Over 18s only.

Available in navy blue or leaf green. Sizes S, M, L, XL

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Please let me know how many and what size would you need - while the stocks last!

Kind regards,

Tim Gadaski
freelance newsletter editor