July/August 2010 Newsletter, No 42
Fencing picnic • Web site improvement • Coaches update • Trip to Athens
Our Champions • Raj's wedding • Video ideas
Fencing picnic (or Pub) - Bank holiday, 30 May 2010, 2
The traditional Bank holiday picnic is coming up! Everyone able to hold
a sword and an umbrella is invited. Be prepared to fence al
fresco and quench your thirst with gallons of Champagne. If it rains
the pubs are nearby
Date and time:
August 2010, from 2 pm onwards
Fields. It is near Highbury and Islington tube (Victoria line or Silverlink). Walk
the tube and you'll see Barclays bank on the other side of Holloway
Highbury Fields are just behind it.
Here is the map.
Free parking after 1.30 pm.
What to bring:gallons
of Champagne, something to eat, something to play and fence with.
In case of heavy rain or other acts of Nature let's meet at Alwyne
nearby (83 St.Pauls Rd, London, N1 2LY).
Watch our version of Eyes Wide Shut
from the last year picnic.
Website: Lessons Account
Individual lessons are very important 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! Our
coaches recommend to
book at least 20-40 min of private lessons a month if you fence
recreationally and 60 min or more per week if you compete. The club
website offers unique booking facility allowing to reserve your
preferred slots in advance.
Many members already use Lessons Account
which offers cheaper rates and a greater flexibility when amending the
lessons. Recent improvements to this function include the new
cancellation option: now you can cancel lessons after login into the
account even if you lost the cancellation code. You'll also see
how many credits are on your account immediately after login in.
the login link is now on the left hand menu of the site.
I'd like to encourage our new members to use this function for booking
the individual lessons. And here is the special promotion:
your lessons account with 1 hour before the end of September and get 1
(Valid for the regulars too - as long as you use the account
top up facility. Maximum 1 hour!
If the Free hour didn't appear on your account automatically please
email me with a reminder)
Oxana will be away till the 20th of September
(approximately) while Huchy is coming back in a couple of weeks time.
Since Huchy is mostly giving individual lessons I'd be interested to
know how many people are planning to book him on a regular basis.
Please let me know - this would help to decide how many hours of work
he can expect with us.
Trip to Athens
is on the
cards and penciled in for the end of October. I'm waiting for the exact
dates and will send email with all the details early next month.
Club Champions 2010
Club Championships in July gathered more than 50 participants with all
weapons represented (even though Nadia was the only one who entered
sabre!). It was a hot day which would be very suitable for a picnic.
The fights took place in an uncompromising yet courteous manner which
is the signature style of our fencers.
Congratulations to 2010 Champions!
Lucy Harris (women's epee)
David Bishop (men's epee)
Anthony Kingsley (men's foil)
Chie Kobayashi (women's foil)
Nadia Isaakova (women's sabre)
Simon Warwicker (men's sabre)
More results here.
Congratulations to Raj!
|even though he
didn't take part in the Championships. Instead Raj
snatched a finer prize by marrying beautiful Komal. The wedding was a
grand event with 500+ dancing guests, refined Indian cuisine and an
elephant sized Rolls Royce automobile. Fencing friends
presented Raj with the 18th century Moghul Tulwah sword.
Fencing on video
I might be stating the obvious but for all those members who inquire
about the additional ways to train and to learn about fencing: today
you have what none of your coaches had in the older days - the Internet
plethora of fencing videos. A brief search on YouTube will offer videos
from tournaments, training video aids and even great refereeing
practice - just watch a fight and make your calls before you hear the
decision of the president.
Here are some examples:
Use of counter attack in foil (tactics): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxP3NxRqhS8
Some sabre refereeing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2umo9pvl
And a bit of epee action from 1940: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49k-QdY_j_Q