London Fencing Club
March 2011 Newsletter, No 44

  The Athens Trip News from the Piste About Bodywires Rebecka to coach 1-2-1
Welcome to New Members!

athensThe Athens trip

Last call for those who'd like to join our 12 strong group going to Athens to visit the fencing section of Panellinious club. The dates of the trip are 5-8 May, all weapons and levels are welcome. The Greek side might even provide the weapons, so you won't need to bring your own. The cultural side of thing also won't be forgotten.

More details are on http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/athens.php

I'd like to have the final list by the next week, so you still haven't put your name down get in touch asap!

News from the piste

The in house Three of a Kind tournament which took place back in December turned out to be a great success with foils, epees and sabres effortlessly uniting for the common purpose. The turnout was good, the teams strong and supportive and after many thunderous fights the victory went to the Triceratops.

Recently our fencers welcomed visitors from Streatham fencing club. The team tournament that followed was won by the friendly hosts with the basketball sounding score of 80:76 (or something like that).

Some photos from Three of a Kind tournament (by Nadia, more on Facebook):


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top team

Get yourself a new body wire!

We have some excellent body wires for sale in case you're interested. All kinds: epee, foil, sabre, bayonet and continental  are available at a mere £12. Those body wires feature transparent iinsulation and spring pins making them better plugging, longer lasting, fault preventing and in general ego pleasing collector items.

wirePlus some other kit which you might be interested in, such as

Weapon bag - £12
Epee or foil (electric) - £50
Set of epee + body wire + bag - £70
Hold all  fencing bag - £35
Epee blades (electric) - £25
Foil blades (electric) - £20
Sabre blades - £12

Email your requests!

Rebecka to coach 1-2-1

Members who attend Monday foil sessions are Finsbury centre have already met Rebecka Andersson who assists Laurent with the class. Rebecka trained intensively in Sweden and continues to do so here combining this with the university studies. From the next week Rebecka will be available for individual lessons on Mondays from 8 pm to 9.40 pm. She coaches intermediate level foil and sabre. There will be reduced rate for the lessons booked in March: only £10 for 20 min lesson, so do not forget to book your lesson soon!

Welcome to new members!

More than 30 new members have just joined the Club after completing the January round of  the beginners' courses! Our warm welcome to all!

I hope you'll enjoy the lessons as well as the social side of the club. If you need help or have a question, please do not hesitate to ask: your fellow fencers in the class and of course our coaches will be happy to assist!

I list below some of the frequently asked question - and the answers.

How many times a week to train?own kit
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 forgot what you've done on 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!

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, 'golden strokes' and correct the bad habits! Try to book at least 20-40 min of private lessons a month if you use fencing recreationally and more if you compete. You can book the lessons via the website: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/private_lessons.php on pay-as-you-go basis. 

The 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!

Should I get my own kit?
This not urgent but bare in mind that having your own fencing kit is more comfortable, safe and hygienic than the beginners' range you use at the club - with it you'll enjoy fencing more! It will also allow you to fence when ever you feel like it: at home with friends, visiting other venues or even other countries! It 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/

 Tim Gadaski
newsletter editor


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