March 2011 Newsletter, No 44
The Athens Trip • News from the Piste • About Bodywires • Rebecka to coach 1-2-1
Welcome to New Members!
The Athens trip
Last call for those who'd like to join our 12 strong group going to
Athens to visit the fencing section of Panellinious club. The dates of
the trip are 5-8 May, all weapons and levels are welcome. The Greek
side might even provide the weapons, so you won't need to bring your
own. The cultural side of thing also won't be forgotten.
More details are on http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/athens.php
I'd like to have the final list by the next week, so you still haven't
put your name down get in touch asap!
News from the piste
The in house Three
of a Kind tournament which took place back in
December turned out to be a great success with foils, epees and sabres
effortlessly uniting for the common purpose. The turnout was good, the
teams strong and supportive and after many thunderous
fights the victory went to the Triceratops.
Recently our fencers welcomed visitors from Streatham fencing club. The
team tournament that followed was won by the friendly hosts with the
basketball sounding score of 80:76 (or something like that).
Some photos from Three
of a Kind tournament (by Nadia, more on Facebook):
Get yourself a new body wire!
We have some excellent body wires for sale in case you're interested.
kinds: epee, foil, sabre, bayonet and continental are available
at a mere £12. Those body wires feature transparent iinsulation and
pins making them better plugging, longer lasting, fault preventing and
in general ego pleasing collector items.
Plus some other kit which you might be interested in, such
Weapon bag - £12
Epee or foil (electric) - £50
Set of epee + body wire + bag - £70
Hold all fencing bag - £35
Epee blades (electric) - £25
Foil blades (electric) - £20
Sabre blades - £12
Rebecka to coach 1-2-1
Members who attend Monday foil sessions are Finsbury centre have
already met Rebecka Andersson who assists Laurent with the class.
Rebecka trained intensively in Sweden and continues to do so here
combining this with the university studies. From the next week Rebecka
will be available for individual lessons on Mondays from 8 pm to 9.40
pm. She coaches intermediate level foil
and sabre. There will be
reduced rate for the lessons booked in March: only £10 for 20 min
lesson, so do not forget to book your lesson soon!
Welcome to new members!
More than 30 new members have just joined the Club after completing the
January round of the beginners' courses! Our warm welcome to all!
I hope you'll enjoy the lessons as well as
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 question - and the answers.
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 forgot what you've done on the previous lesson! Two
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!
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, '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
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!
Should I get my own
This not urgent but bare in mind that having your own fencing kit is
more comfortable, safe and hygienic than the beginners' range
use at the club - with it you'll enjoy fencing more! It will also allow
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/