Newsletter, No 29
Picnic • Championships results • Guest coach
• Yourname@londonfencingclub.co.uk • Fencing trivia • More al fresco fencing?
I hope you're having excellent
holidays right at this very moment
gathering the energy and the strength for the new fencing season
starting in September. That's when your coaches will introduce you to
new sets of fitness exercises aimed at improving endurance,
cardio-vascular ability, weight
loss and general feeling of well being. The club moves to the new
season in a good shape: highest ever membership, classes at a new
location, extra coaches and even more determination to provide the best
possible fencing framework for the members.
This summer it's been very hard to pick a date for the traditional
picnic as the weather has been even more British than usual. However
forecast is still favourable for this bank holiday, so come and have a
bit of fresh air, a glass of wine and perhaps a couple of duels! Please
note that there is no fencing at the usual venues on that day.
Date and time:
August, from 2 pm onwards
Fields. It is near Highbury and Islington tube (Victoria line or Silverlink). Walk
the tube and you'll see Barclays bank on the other side of Holloway
Highbury Fields are just behind it.
Here is the map.
(The arrow points to the exact spot!)
Free parking after 1.30.
What to bring: bottle
food, friends, mother in law, dog, and, if you intend to fence, your
In case of heavy rain or snow let's meet instead at Alwyne Castle pub
nearby (83 St.Pauls Rd, London, N1 2LY).
| Our people on the piste
30 June 2007
The club championships which gathered
more than 50 participants took place - as one would expect - in the
atmosphere of refined sportsmanship and courtesy. The female
participants often gallantly waived their handicap points helping the
stronger sex to perform as desired. The hits were duly acknowledged
necessary and no unsightly mask-throwing (so common nowadays on the
competitive arena) was recorded by the referees who did not give a
single yellow card (not to mention the red and the black ones) during
the whole tournament.
Here are the names of the champions and the medalists:
1. Anthony Kingsley
2. Sara Spence
3. Alexandra Rodrigues and Coen Louwarts
1. Jacob Clark
2. Nico Loubser
3. Yu Du and Richard Powell
1. Adeel Iqbal
2. Adam Steiner
3. Chrissy Flounders and Dominic Yu
The world-wide recording on the Epee Final is now available on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-6Yu3dt9ds
Congratulations to all!
Sheffield, 23 July 2007
Our best result in the individual competitions was Adam's 37th (out of
112) place in epee tournament. Here is a short report about the women's
foil team competing on the second day:
Salle Gadaski was represented by Oksana Babaeva,
Tamara Babaeva, and team captain Sara Spence. The competition started
with all captains
being called to the DT (drugs testing) office at the beginning. The
Gadaski captain nearly had a heart attack as she raced to the office to
out what the hell was going on. Organizers do enjoy their private
amusements – it
was only to sort out
in which format the team competition should be run. It was decided
after some ‘discussion’ to go
to the vote and those wanting a poule unique won. Only one team had
competition experience, the rest were amalgamations of the best fencers
previous day. Salle Gadaski put up a
valiant fight to finish 4th overall which was an excellent
Thanks are due to Tamara
Babaeva for stepping in at the last minute to join the team, and also
again to the epeeists and
Rachel, Chrissy and Adam for their support.
Would you like to
Guest coach: Paul Decsei
While Dumi is away this week (20-25 August) some of his classes will be
another champion of the Romanian fencing school: Paul Decsei. Paul has
been coaching internationally for many years. One of his pupils is the
current sabre champion of Sweden yet his top expertise lies in epee
I know that we all will make him feel very welcome in London (his first
visit!) And for those who'd like to book a private lesson with him: you
can do it already: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/private_lessons.php
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The group set up by Rommel already has 35 members and is growing fast.
Facebook's idea is to encourage networking. For example you can become
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How is your general knowledge of fencing? Still a beginner or more on
the expert side? This site offers you an opportunity to check yourself:
Too easy? Well, in this case try to find in the expert section the
answer which is wrong!
Someone has proposed to have a lunch time or Sunday fencing class that
would meet outdoors enjoying higher oxygen and sun shine
intake than normal. The main obstacle of course is the question what
happens if it
rains? However if there would be a park with some kind of roofed
terrace/stage then maybe regular fencing al fresco would be possible!
Any opinions, suggestions?