The beginning of the year was busy with tournaments with Cambridge,
Essex and Slough Open being the most relevant to our fencers. We were
well represented in epee and marginally in foil (by Etienne).
Well done to everyone who took part and specially to Gianluca (the
winner of Slough), Adam, Adeel, Lorenzo and Ondine who produced
Anyone who is interested to have a go in one of the forthcoming
competitions is encouraged to check the competitions
calendar and then talk to fellow members with a view of going
Electronic target aimed to test and improve precision and reaction
times will soon be available for your attacks at Finsbury Leisure
centre. The target developed by Italian maker Favero can be programmed
to different types of attack, will measure the reaction times or set
the time limit to which the attack should be performed.
Here are some examples of pre-programmed exercises:
Type 1. One target, one hit.
Type 2. One target, two hits in rapid succession on the same target.
Type 3. One target, three hits in rapid succession on the same target.
Type 4. Two targets at the same time, to be hit as desired.
Type 5. Two targets one after the other, to be hit in sequence.
Type 6. Three targets at the same time, to be hit as desired.
Type 7. Three targets one after the other, to be hit in sequence
While we're waiting for this fascinating piece of equipment to arrive
it's worth remembering that similar exercises can be performed on a
normal lunging pad or in fact on any improvised target which you can
easily set up at home or in an office. It is recommended to spend a few
minutes practicing on the target every time before you get on the piste.
|Oxana, lead Uzbek fencers to
the victory in All Asian Games
Oxana on Saturdays
Oxana will be available to individual lessons on Saturdays (as well as
the usual Mondays) starting
from the next week. As a former national team coach of Uzbekistan Oxana
teaches foil at all levels as well as
the basics of the other two weapons. Highly recommended!
The lessons are available from 2 pm to 5 pm and can be booked here.
Some info for the recent beginners
Just joined the club? Here are some
answers to the typical FAQs from newcomers.
Do I need private
Private lessons can be extremely beneficial to your progress as a
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.
The members' rate for individual
currently £48 p/h (they can
be 20, 40
or 60 min). There are cheaper rates if you set up a pre-paid lessons
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 on 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 -
skills will build up much faster and you won't feel that after a week
of inactivity you've forgotten what you learn at the previous lesson!
evening classes +
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
Having your own fencing kit is
more comfortable, safe and hygienic than using the beginners range
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
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. 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
prices on leading brands e.g. at PBT,
Duellist or Leon