May 2011 Newsletter, No 45
Club Championships 2011 • Report from Athens • Competition in Paris • Exchange with Lawnsdowne Club
Film lingerie escrime • Gio: Study your fencing speed • Coaches: Laurent on Saturdays and Silviu on Mondays
Club Championships 2011
Here is the date for your calendar: on 9
2011, from 11 am we hope that you'll be busy
taking part in the Club Championships.
The awards and the thirst quenching ceremony will
take place from 5.30 pm at the Eagle, 2 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7LB.
All members, from seasoned fencers to recent beginners are invited to
take part. We expect a hot contest in all weapons with the defending
Champions fighting the new and determined challenge.
Champions 2010! Please return the Cups you won last year for engraving
and passing to the future Champions!
Report from Athens
|In early May our mixed dozen of sabre and
foil specialists has visited Panellinious club in Athens. We also
visited a number of tavernas, museums, bars and the Aegean sea.
It was a fantastic trip: let the pictures to speak for themselves.
We'll be forever grateful to our former club member and native Athenian
Yannis Chronopoulos who was our relentless guide and restaurant
companion. Let his tzatziki be always creamy and fresh!
More pictures on flicker:
Bronze in Paris
Congratulations to Amie, Chrissie and Rachel who won the 3rd place in Tournois des Quais de Seine
which took place on 8 May in Paris. In women's part of the tournament
were 13 participating teams. Our girls won all their matches in the
poule seeding 1st. The score in the lost semi-final was 43-41.
Our men's team didn't report their result, I'm sure they had a
This annual epee tournament is very well organized and welcomes
international participants. Do consider it as an alternative to your
next visit to Champ d'Elise.
Staying with the theme, I'm delighted to present a short escrime lingerie
film by own French star...
Coaches time table
Laurent is now giving individual lessons on Saturdays from 2 pm to 5
pm. Those are probably last weeks when he's so freely available: his
Knowledge training is coming to an end and soon we'll probably see him
in a black cab rather than in a black coaches' jacket. Enjoy while it
Rebecka has returned to Sweden for the summer break. We look forward to
having her back in September.
In the meanwhile we have a new coach and the epee specialist, Mr Silviu
Florescu who will be available for lessons on Mondays and possibly on
Thursdays. Mr Florescu who is 27 won many competitions in his native
is keen to share his experience and passion for the sport.
Study your speed
I am Dr Giovanni Dalla-Valle and I am doing a Master in Sport Medicine
at the Queen Mary University of London.
Like you, I am a fencer myself and, like you, I have a great passion
You may not know that modern fencing has been around for four
centuries. In this time various books and written material has been
published on the sport, yet very little scientific research has
actually been undertaken.
For the current research project, I aim to investigate the biomechanics
of the lunge attack, to see what is behind the speed of human
sequential movements and how we can improve it with better training.
We need trained fencers like you to help us and it does not matter what
level you are or how long you have been fencing for.
Below is the link to a screening questionnaire which is important to
gather relevant data for our study and see if you are suitable for it.
The questionnaire only takes 10 minutes to be filled in and your data
will be treated with maximum confidentiality, will only be used for the
purpose of our research and will never be disclosed to third parties
(including your own club) without your permission.
The link to the questionnaire is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PT3TZY6
If you are suitable for our study, you will be invited for one session
testing at the Human Performance Laboratory, Queen Mary University of
London, and, subject to your informed consent, we will test your speed
of lunge under specific laboratory conditions
I hope you will have fun in filling the questionnaire and I am looking
forward to seeing you soon.
Dr Giovanni Dalla-Valle
Centre of Sports and Exercise Medicine
Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DG.
Queen Mary University of London
Exchange with Lawnsdowne Club
Many of the exquisite members' clubs in London pride themselves in
practising the skills of the sword. Yet, it's only The Lawnsdowne Club
which a dedicated fencing Salle!
Our triple-A team of foilists Albert, Armando and Antoine has visited
the salle at
Lansdowne last month for a friendly match which they won. In exchange
Lawnsdowne fencers visited us at Finsbury leisure centre for the epee
leg of the match which they lost.
It was a great pleasure to visit and be visited, and still retain all
the legs. Next year let's do it again!