London Fencing Club
November 2012 Newsletter, No 48
  Tournaments Christmas Party and break Coaching: Gabriella and Andrea Forthcoming trip to St.Petersburg New Members FAQs

Tournaments resultsLondon Team Trophy

I am pleased to report that London Fencing Club took first place at London Team Trophy tournament on 20 October 2012. The tournament was hosted by ULU fencing in Barnes. 47 teams competed in three weapons. Our Club was represented in foil and epee, two teams in each weapon. Congratulations go to our epeeists Adeel, Raj and Silviu who took the gold. Good effort to all our other participants!

There was another excellent performance by Anna at the highly competitive Bristol Open where she finished 3rd out of 95 participants. The result placed her in the top 50 of the national rankings. Well done, Anna!

Interested in taking part in team tournaments in London Area? Contact Armando who's coordinating our teams for the London League.

New Coaches

Varga fences Vezzali

Foilists attending Wednesday sessions have already met and trained with our new foil coach Gabriella Varga. Gabriella, who is still an active fencer, won European Championships in 2003 and competed in Olympic Games in 2004 (6th place) and 2008 (12th place). Gabriella comes from Honved Club in Budapest (which we visited in summer 2007).

We also have a visiting coach from South Italy, Andrea Benedetta Perrone. Andrea, who is in London as a student, has competed in World Championships in 2003. In 2004 she won the mixed team event at Italian Championships. While with us Andrea is helping with the Thursdays sabre class.

You can book lessons with Gabriella and Andrea on http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/private_lessons.php
Above: Gabriella fencing Valentina Vezzali in Beijing 2008

Christmas party

Christmas Party

The annual bush is scheduled for Wednesday, 12 December 2012 from 8 pm till 2 am. 

Venue: The Chapel Bar, 29a Penton Street, London, N1 9PX
(5 min walk from Angel tube)

Expect strong 80s selection from the DJ, snacks, experimental performance and meeting with old buddies.

Free for members of London Fencing Club and their partners.
£40 for non-members (invitation only).

Christmas break

The last day of training this year will be Wednesday, 19 December and we'll re-open on Thursday, 3 January 2013.

Christmas buys

While we're on the subject of Christmas while not treat yourself to the luxury of a new body wire or even new weapon or mask? We have a number of brand new items at discounted prices for the members:

fencerMasks (350N non electric) - £50 (or second hand for £10)
Body wires, copper with transparent plug (epee), much better than Leon Paul - £12
Body wires for foil or sabre, bayonet or two pin - £12
Weapon bag - £12
Epee (electric) - £50
Foil (electric) - £45
Sabre (electric) - £40
Set of epee + body wire + bag - £70
Hold all  fencing bag - £35
Epee blades (electric) - £25
Foil blades (electric) - £20
Sabre blades - £12

And other items which we might be able to build or order for you. Email your requests!

Trip to St.Petersburg in May 2013

boys in St.PeteEvery three years or so we visit Spartak fencing academy in St.Petersburg, Russia. People at Spartak are friendly and tolerant. They like when we show up.

The level of coaching is very good. One of the coaches Nicholai who we met and partied with in 2004, won the bronze medal in this year's Olympics in London.

The trip is suitable for everyone: from recent beginner to a seasoned competitor. The training will include group sessions and individual lessons. There is also a varied cultural programme.

I do not have the exact dates yet, but it'll be one week in mid May, so please put it in your holidays schedule.

Pictures and write ups from previous trips: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/spb.php

Info for new members

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 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 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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