London Fencing Club
October/November 2009 Newsletter, No 39

 Christmas   Performance at Troxy's Forthcoming trips     Info for the new members

Dear All,

A brief update on what's planned for the near future and what's been happening in the not so distant past....

Christmas party sabrage

The annual bash is scheduled for Thursday, 10 December from 9 pm till late.

During the party I hope to offer those who're interested a lesson in Sabrage: the vital skill of opening a bottle of Champagne with a sabre. The technique was developed in 1800s by Russian hussars who, on arriving in France, needed a fast way to open Champagne in the middle of the battle field. Since then the skill has been passed from father to son. This is must have knowledge for any member of London Fencing Club!

Venue: Bar Vinum, 2-4 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4JH.

Please feel free to bring a friend and any home made cakes which of course will also be cut with the sabre.

Christmas break

The last day of training this year will be Saturday 19 December and we'll re-open on Monday, 4 January 2010.

Please note there won't be any sabre session on Thursday, 17 December. Please join the 8 pm class on Wednesday, 16 December instead (at Finsbury Leisure centre).

performancePerformance at Troxy's

Fencers from the Club have shown the merits of fencing to the 1700+ crowd at the Halloween night organized by The Last Tuesday Society at the Troxy's in East London. The dramatic bouts were accompanied by cheer girls keeping the crowd up to date with the score and an ongoing commentary analyzing the fencers' every move. In between the fights, while the punters were catching their breath, some light music was played by bands and refreshments were served.

For reportage style pictures please have a look on http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/halloween09.php

It's well worth mentioning that three of the performers: Valeria, Armando and Seb went on the following morning to win the London Intermediate Team Trophy which gathered 16 teams from clubs in and around London.

Forthcoming trips

I'm in touch with Pannelinious club in Athens and with Berlin Fencing club which are both suggesting that we visit them around Easter time.  If you have any preferences please let me know. General expressions of interested are welcome too.

There is also a sabre only club in Reykjavik who seem to be keen on an exchange.

Some info for the recent beginners

Just joined the club? Here are some answers to the typical FAQs from newcomers.

Do I need private lessons?
Private lessons can be extremely beneficial to your progress as a fencer. Whether you compete or not, this is your chance to develop your individual tactics, perfect some 'golden strokes' and correct bad habits! Try to book at least 20-40 min of private lessons a month if you use fencing for recreation and more if you compete. You can book the lessons via the website: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/private_lessons.php on a pay-as-you-go basis. 

own kitThe members' rate for individual lessons is currently £48 p/h (they can be 20, 40 or 60 min). There are cheaper rates if you set up a pre-paid lessons account.

We also offer the dedicated Individual Lessons plan. The deal is simple: add £36 per month to your subscription and receive a monthly 1 hour individual tuition allowance (this makes it 33% cheaper than the usual members' rate). If in any particular month you cannot use the whole allowance, it is rolled over to the next month!

How many times a week to train?
We recommend attending the fencing sessions at least 2-3 times a week - this way your skills will build up much faster and you won't feel that after a week of inactivity you've forgotten what you learnt at the previous lesson! Two evening classes + Saturdays free play is probably the best combination which will give you a good balance of learning and practice. This plan is only £55 per month (£35 + £10 + £10) and we'll also give you a free complimentary private lesson every month!  If you've already signed up for that plan, please set up a lessons account where your monthly allowance will be credited automatically.

Should I get my own kit?
Christmas is coming, treat yourself to a set of good fencing gear! Having your own fencing kit is more comfortable, safe and hygienic than using the beginners range you use at the club so with it you'll enjoy fencing more. You will also fence better as good gear allows you to speed up movement while also helping not to over heat!

Your own equipment will be necessary if you decide to fence using the electric scoring at the club or enter a competition (yes, one day it might happen)! We have a dedicated page on the website which will give all necessary information about what items you might want to buy - and where it can be done: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/equipment/

Members of our club are normally entitled to 10% discount from advertised prices on leading brands e.g. at PBT, Duellist or Leon Paul.

 Tim Gadaski
newsletter editor


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