London Fencing Club
January/February 2007 Newsletter, No 25
In this issue...
New epee class and new kids' class • Competitions
Marco - new sabre coach • Individual lessons
plans • Birthday drinks • Salle
Candidski • Xmas party and International Food
Competition Results • Small ads
I hope you had an excellent start of the year! I hurry to
update you on a some recent news, reports and gossip!
New epee class
... has started last month at our venue on Cowper Street. The class
takes place from 7 pm to 8.30 pm and being coached by Dumi, Rachel and
myself. Our warm welcome to the students from the last and this years
beginners' courses who comprised the core of the new class: Alan,
Andrew, Carl, Cathy, Daniel, Debbie, Gemma, Hans, Helena (welcome
back), Ian, Iesha, Ioanna (welcome back!), Javier, Jemima, John,
Jonathan Hodgkinson and Jonathan Summers, Lorea, Marco, Mark, Martin
Latimer and Martin McGeown (welcome back!), Michelle Howard (welcome
back, too!) and Michelle Pearson, Ondine, Oriana, Owain, Peter,
Roberto, Ruby, Shelagh, Samantha, Sarah and Troy!
This new session means that the epeeists can now fence at the club up
to 3 times (6 hours) a week: on Mondays (7 - 8.30 pm), Thursdays (8 -
9.30 pm) and Saturdays (2 - 5 pm), which should offer a reasonably good
intensity for anyone who wishes to progress fast! Get in touch if you
think you'd like to add another weekly session to your plan!
Do you think you might have children aged 8-13? If not, then maybe you
have family rich friends who could be interested to know that we invite
kids to the classes which take place on Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 4 pm to 6.30 pm. Spread the word! All details are here.
The hat trick:
Precious and Simon at the
Christmas party. Photo: Yu
Christmas party and the
International Food Competition
The memories of this remarkable
event at Filthy MacNasty's attended by nearly a hundred glamorous
fencers will remain for the months to come. Many thanks to
everyone who helped organizing the party and to the international cooks
entered their fabulous creations into the 2nd International Christmas
Competition! The jury comprised of Santa and the Snow Girls had a
difficult task of choosing the winner of the competition. Indeed it was
a close call between the Greek Pies (Nicky), Australian (?) Lentil
Salad, The Burning Heart Cake (Kevin) , Rye Bread (Richard),
Mince Pies (Louise) and other entries which even included produce of
high street retailers. At the end Santa and the Snow Girls decided to
award the first
prize - a bottle of Heidsiek & Co Monopole Blue Top Champagne to
Burning Heart Cake
by Kevin Miles! Please do not
forget to claim your prise soon, Kevin!
Our people on the piste
Winter Tournament 2007:
foil novice reports
by Sara Spence
competition has been running since 1998 and attendance increases year
with entries for 2007 standing at 61 for men’s foil and 29 for women’s
foil.While the male foilists had a
check-in which closed at
- necessitating a
start for some competitors - the women’s foil start time had a slightly
chivalrous air of .
It was the
first individual competition for Coen Louwarts, Richard Devonshire,
Burgh and Sara Spence and with the advertised format being two rounds
followed by direct elimination with no one eliminated from the poules,
promised to be - interesting.(For
‘interesting’, read ‘very tiring indeed’.)
being determined to give no quarter, experience won out over novice
and all foilists went out in the DE first rounds, excepting Anthony
who placed a creditable 27th overall.
Highlight of the day:
Anthony’s strong performance in his second DE
against an opponent who went on to be placed second overall.
Injury of the day:
He shall remain nameless but someone forgot
their allen key from their back pocket. Which would not have been a
he hadn’t taken a fall.You know who you
Most revolting food of the day
you should be
ashamed of yourself.
Shock of the day
Being expected to referee.But
as all novice fencers are still alive and kicking, we obviously didn’t
bad a job. May fencers with clean, clear bladework be forever blessed...
The venue was good and the event was smoothly
managed with no long
waits in between bouts. The only problem for us was that we found it a
difficult to support each other when we were not fencing as the pistes
spread out over three rooms. (The organizers said something about
the male foilists into the main sports hall, locking the door and
to fight it out amongst themselves.The
women foilists, of course, were trusted to behave themselves in the
The atmosphere was
friendly and people were approachable, making this
event a good novice entry-level tournament; The organizers were helpful
efficient, there was an armoury stand, Leon Paul had an equipment stand
cake and bacon rolls were freely available.
What else could you want? More info at
Slough Open, 4
February 07: Women's Foil
A field of 58 including 45 of the
UK top 100. After a slow start, the completion got underway and the
poules progressed fairly quickly. I was lucky to draw a kind
poule consisting of UK ranked 4, 25, 67 and 111. Generous
behaviour on the part of 4 and 25 who undertook most of the
reffing left the less experienced fencers to concentrate on
fighting it out amongst themselves.
I won against 67 and
111 , but was completely overwhelmed by 4 and 25, which meant she came
out of the poule in joint 34th position. Lack of focus and experience
and an inexplicable lapse of memory (I can't remember the score but
thinks it was 9/14) meant that I went out in her first DE
round which eventually timed out.
The current result table
puts me at 38 overall but the results table could change as a
fencer was black carded.
Surreal experience of the day:
Arriving half asleep and simultaneously seeing exactly the same
dog at dozen points in and around the leisure centre. A relief to
finally understand that the leisure centre was hosting both a
fencing tournament and a bearded collie best in breed show.
by Adam Steiner
Cambridge Winter tournament
Four brave Gadaski men gathered enough enthusiasm to make it
to the first competition of
2007. Adeel Iqbal performed spectacularly well, finishing 11th of
64 entries, a result he could only describe as "lovely jubbly".
The remainder of the men failed to shake off the Christmas cobwebs and
were hit many times on their slightly enlarged bellies. Dumi
has pledged to work off the effect of the mince pies and chocolate
consumption over the holiday season and we are expecting great things
at the Aldershot and Slough Opens.
Aldershot Open is organized by the
British Army and has become quite a big event over the last two years
having added a women's event to the traditionally men only
We sent two men; Adam finished 37th. Neither
felt compelled to sign up for desert fighting at the recruitment
Getting up unreasonably early on Sunday
morning to go to Slough may not be the world's best idea, but
nonetheless Gadaski entered three men and a lady into this year's
competition. Slough is one of the tougher competitions of the
year so it was nice that they decided not to cut anyone from the
DE. Rachel employed great tactics to make the last 32, a
result which will see her jump up the rankings. Shakespeare also
performed very strongly, coming in 48th.
again we would like to encourage any budding competitors, particularly
ladies, to speak to captains: Adam, Rachel or Sara about
should be here but our sabreurs are more interested in drawing
cartoons... look further down!.
The 40th Birthday
Since we're all fencers
here I can freely
compare the arrival of my 40th birthday to the second counter-riposte
with opposition: one could see it coming but somewhere there is still a
bit of a surprise!
To make sure that
everyone is a winner at the
end, I'd like to invite all
London Fencing Club members, coaches,
their friends and lovers to join me for a drink and some canapés from
8.30 pm to midnight on Monday, 19
Tabernacle Grill Bar,
55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2 (location). Come straight after fencing if you fence on that day
or come earlier
if you're free! (Don't forget the present!)
Marco Cuomo, Naples bread member of the Italian National Youth Team is
now sharing his knowledge and experience with our Wednesday sabre class
at Finsbury centre. Marco is also available for private
lessons on that day from 7 pm to 9.40 pm - a discounted
rate available for members.
Their importance to your progress as a fencer cannot be over estimated!
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. To encourage you, we are now
offering a new Individual Lessons plan.
The deal is simple: add £30 per month to your
subscription and receive a monthly 1 hour individual tuition allowance
(this makes it 33% cheaper than usual members' rate).
If in any particular month you cannot us use the whole allowance, it is
rolled over to the next month. Please contact me for details!
Salle Candidski (Kandinsky? )
A group of young creating individuals decided to create weekly comic
strips about fencing and publish them on the World Wide Web for
everyone to laugh. They're using the cutting edge (ha, ha - notice the
pan?) blogging technology and the whole embracing approach to
art. Here is extract from their manifesto written by Olivier Huinsky:
Most of us are
beginners in drawing, except Paddy that we see as
our "painting coach"! We see this project
fun and challenging way to develop some skills
in drawing and writing!!! In addition, the fact that we will be
to publish every week should give us a positive pressure!! !!!! So, this email is
let you that the blog has just been created,
and that we will try to update it every Wednesday: