October/November 2009 Newsletter, No 39
Christmas • Performance at Troxy's • Forthcoming trips • Info for the new members
A brief update on what's planned for the near future and what's been
happening in the not so distant past....
The annual bash is scheduled for Thursday,
10 December from 9 pm
During the party I hope to offer those who're interested a lesson in
Sabrage: the vital skill of opening a bottle of Champagne with a
sabre. The technique was developed in 1800s by Russian
hussars who, on arriving in France, needed a fast way to open Champagne
the middle of the battle field. Since then the skill has been passed
father to son. This is must have knowledge for any member of London
Venue: Bar Vinum,
2-4 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4JH.
Please feel free to bring a friend and any home made cakes which of
course will also be cut with the sabre.
The last day of training this year will be Saturday 19 December and
we'll re-open on Monday, 4 January
Please note there won't be any sabre session on
Thursday, 17 December.
Please join the 8 pm class on Wednesday, 16
December instead (at Finsbury Leisure centre).
Performance at Troxy's
Fencers from the Club have shown the merits of fencing to the 1700+
at the Halloween night organized by The Last Tuesday Society at the
Troxy's in East London. The dramatic bouts were accompanied by cheer
girls keeping the crowd up to date with the score and an ongoing
commentary analyzing the fencers' every move. In between the fights,
while the punters were catching their
breath, some light music was played by bands and refreshments
For reportage style pictures please have a look on http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/halloween09.php
It's well worth mentioning that three of the performers: Valeria,
Armando and Seb went on the following morning to win the London
Intermediate Team Trophy which gathered 16 teams from clubs in and
I'm in touch with Pannelinious club in Athens and with Berlin Fencing
club which are both suggesting that we visit them around Easter
time. If you have any preferences please let me know. General
expressions of interested are welcome too.
There is also a sabre only club in Reykjavik who seem to be keen on an
Some info for the recent beginners
Just joined the club? Here are some
answers to the typical FAQs from newcomers.
Do I need private
Private lessons can be extremely beneficial to your progress as a
Whether you compete or not, this is your chance to develop your
individual tactics, perfect some 'golden strokes' and correct bad
habits! Try to
book at least 20-40 min of private lessons a month if you use fencing
for recreation and more if you compete. You can book the lessons via
the website: http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/private_lessons.php
on a pay-as-you-go basis.
The members' rate for individual
currently £48 p/h (they can
be 20, 40
or 60 min). There are cheaper rates if you set up a pre-paid lessons
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!
How many times a
week to train?
We recommend attending the fencing sessions at least 2-3 times a week -
skills will build up much faster and you won't feel that after a week
of inactivity you've forgotten what you learnt at the previous lesson!
evening classes +
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! If you've already
signed up for that plan, please set up a lessons account
where your monthly allowance will be credited automatically.
Should I get my own
Christmas is coming, treat yourself to a set
of good fencing gear! Having your own fencing kit is
more comfortable, safe and hygienic than using the beginners range
use at the club so with it you'll enjoy fencing more. You will also
fence better as good gear allows you to speed up movement while also
to over heat!
Your own equipment 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/
Members of our club are normally entitled to 10% discount from
prices on leading brands e.g. at PBT,
Duellist or Leon