London Fencing Club
March 2012 Newsletter, No 47
New Club Sweatshirts • Volunteers needed: Social
• Can you be a fencing
• New Members FAQs
Just in: London
Fencing Club sweatshirts
New Club zipped sweatshirts, cosy and stylish, have
just arrived and are available in a variety of
colours and sizes.
Men's sweatshirts in black, navy, red or used brown.
Sizes S, M, L, XL.
Women's in white, black or light grey. Sizes S and
All sweats are 280 gsm, and feature Burning Heart
logo on left chest and words London Fencing Club on
the back (same as the hoodies which were available a
couple of years ago).
Prices: standard £50, members' price £40.
Only a small number has been made, so order soon!
Simply email me size/colour you require and pay cash
or cheque on receipt.
Volunteers needed II: become a 'fencing buddy'
for new joiners!
Starting in a fencing club can be quite demanding.
We all remember! It's not only the fencing technique
that one has to learn, there are also plenty of
other details: the equipment, the structure of the
sessions, the style of the coaches, lessons,
tournaments and what ever else. Here it'd be great
to have a 'buddy'- a friendly person and with some
previous fencing experience... Are you willing to
become one? Have you been in this Club for a
while, know the drills and would like to help
someone who is just starting? If yes, please step
And... are you a new joiner who'd be interested in
some extra guidance? Do let me know.
New members FAQs
Our warm welcome to the members who've recently
joined the Club!
I list below some of the frequently
asked questions - and the answers.
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 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 recommend 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
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
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
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/