London Fencing Club Newsletter
  April 2016

  New Coach Club Championships 2016 How to get free lessons Equipment Club T-shirts New Members FAQs

New coach Tomy, Fencing

Members attending Monday epee sessions have already benefited from the training ideas brought by our new coach Tomy Soghoyan. Tomy was born in Yerevan and fenced for Armenia, USSR and Bulgaria winning major titles in foil tournaments. He is a very experienced coach and I am sure he'll make a great contribution to our club.

Tomy's lessons: 2 for the price of 1 

Tomy is available for individual lessons on Monday and Thursday evenings at CFBS and I'd like to encourage everyone to try his coaching. Just to make this suggestion more appealing, in April you will be able to have to 2 of his lessons for the price of 1. Just book the first lesson as normal and let me know when you'd like to have the second (free) lesson.

Club Championships

will take place from 12 pm on 9 July 2016 at Finsbury Leisure Centre. Mark the date!

Ranking or How to get free lessons

We've improved and upgraded the online Club ranking system. Using this system you can
1. Keep the record of the training bouts. The winners receive points which are accumulated throughout the year to create ranking positions within the Club
2. Keep records of your fencing actions getting the insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
3. Earn free individual lessons by fencing and recording your fights.

For details please see the website.
Club Championships
  Photo credit: Victoria

Equipment requirements

May I remind to all Members that the beginner level blue jackets and track suit bottoms are not suitable for fencing on the electric piste. Please use the blue jackets only for the technique practice or to fence steam. If you'd like to fence on the electric piste, please purchace  jacket, under plastron and breeches all of which should be 350N or higher.

You'll find the list on fencing equipment suppliers on http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/equipment/. We also have some equipment for sale at the club (jackets, lame jackets, masks and weapons).

  Women's t-shirt (in white)

Club T-shirts

New club t-shirts will be available shortly.

100% Organic ring-spun cotton, 120gms. Available in white or blue

Cost £20

You can pre-order now and save £3

T-shirt mens
  Men's t-shirt (blue)

New members FAQs

Warm welcome to the members who've recently joined the Club!own kit

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

How often should I 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 during 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 and you will also receive a complimentary private lesson every month.

Can I fence more than one weapon?
I'd recommend learning 2 weapons. There are skills that you can acquire in epee which will come very handy in sabre, foil ideas that will benefit your epee fencing, etc. However if you feel a strong preference for one weapon, it's great, you found your calling, go for it! Do not try to learn all three weapons at the same time  - this will just confuse you.

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 dedicated Individual Lessons plan. The deal is simple: add £42 per month to your subscription and receive a monthly 1 hour individual tuition allowance. If in any month you cannot use the whole allowance, it is rolled over to the next month.

Should I get my own kit?
This is not urgent but bare in mind that your own fencing kit will feel more comfortable than the beginners' range you use at the club - with it you'll fence better and enjoy it 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/

More questions?
Please see our online FAQ section http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/faq.php#2.

Tim Gadaski

Club Manager


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