London Fencing Club
November 2011 Newsletter, No 46
  Championships Parties  Fencing Dummy Coaching: Alex on Wednesdays and Silviu on Mondays New Members FAQs

Dear All,

I hope you had most frightfully merry Halloween! Below is a quick update of what's passed and what's planned... Please read to the end, there might be something important, you never know!


I'd like to mention two important championships: our Club Championships in July and World Championships in October. Both were fought with passion. World Champs had a wider geographical representation while the Club Champs fared better on friendliness.

Results of London Fencing Club Championships
Women's foil
trophy Victoria
silver Yvonne
bronze Veronique and bronze Coca

Men's foil
trophy Marcus
silver Armando
bronze Jeremy and bronzeAlbert
Women's epee
trophy Anna
silver Sandra

Men's epee
trophy Adeel
silver Adam
bronze Phil and bronze Chris
Women's sabre
trophy Nadia
silver Catherine

Men's sabre
trophy Simon
silver John
bronze Richard and bronzeAntonio

Results of World Championships 2011: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_World_Fencing_Championships

FIE provided good video coverage: have a look for example, here, or select more from the play list for some excellent and at times dramatic fencing.

Party, party!party

You are invited to attend our annual Fantasy costume party!

When: Saturday 19th November, from 6.30pm till 1am.

Hennessey’s Bar, 36 Jewry St, Aldgate, London EC3N 2ET, http://hennessyscatering.co.uk/

Nadia and Adeel

Dress themes:
Scary/frivolous, fantasy/fake, plastic teeth/priests, bats/snakes, musketeers/pirates. Polka dots welcome.

Our thanks to Nadia and Adeel for organizing this event!

If you have any questions please contact Nadia nadia@raznoimport.biz


Christmas party

is pencilled in for Thursday, 15 December 2011 please hold the date!

Coaches timetable

Sabre fencers have already appreciated coaching by Alex Bela, former Romanian National Sabre Squad fencer, who joined the Club in October and is now helping Gabor on Wednesdays. The lessons are available from 7 pm till 9.40 pm at Finsbury centre.

Silviu is now coaching on Mondays from 6 pm at Cowper St.

Book your lesson here!

fencing dummy

Fencing Dummy

Another arrival to the Club is a high tech fencing dummy made from organic materials in the US. The dummy, pictured here on the right, is a great training partner that can be used for a variety of exercises. Try direct attacks, attacks on the blade, attacks on the arm and even on the leg (the last two will require additional padding which is currently being sourced). The dummy can be right or left hand and can be used for all weapons.

It is housed at Finsbury Leisure centre in a dark storage room, but please feel free to take it out to the light and have your wicked way with it.

Welcome to new members!

Our warm welcome to the members who've recently joined the Club!

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 questions - 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!

Can I fence more than one weapon?
I'd recommed learning 2 weapons. There are things that you can acquire in epee which will come very handy in sabre, foil ideas that will benefit your epee fencing, etc. Do not try to fence all three - this will just confuse you, but two - by all means!

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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