London Fencing Club Newsletter
New Coach • Club Championships 2016 • How to get free lessons
New Members FAQs
Members attending Monday epee sessions have already
benefited from the training ideas brought by our new
coach Tomy Soghoyan. Tomy was born in Yerevan and
fenced for Armenia, USSR and Bulgaria winning major
titles in foil tournaments. He is a very experienced
coach and I am sure he'll make a great contribution
to our club.
Tomy's lessons: 2 for the price of 1
Tomy is available for individual lessons on Monday
and Thursday evenings at CFBS and I'd like to
encourage everyone to try his coaching. Just to make
this suggestion more appealing, in April you will be
able to have to 2 of his lessons for the price of 1.
Just book the first lesson as normal and let me know
when you'd like to have the second (free) lesson.
will take place from 12 pm on 9 July 2016 at
Finsbury Leisure Centre. Mark the date!
How to get free lessons
We've improved and upgraded the online Club ranking
system. Using this system you can
1. Keep the record of the training bouts. The
winners receive points which are accumulated
throughout the year to create ranking positions
within the Club
2. Keep records of your fencing actions getting the
insight into your own strengths and weaknesses
3. Earn free individual lessons by fencing and
recording your fights.
For details please see the website.
May I remind to all Members that the beginner level
blue jackets and track suit bottoms are not suitable
for fencing on the electric piste. Please use the
blue jackets only for the technique practice or to
fence steam. If you'd like to fence on the electric
piste, please purchace jacket, under plastron
and breeches all of which should be 350N or higher.
You'll find the list on fencing equipment suppliers
We also have some equipment for sale at the club
(jackets, lame jackets, masks and weapons).
t-shirt (in white)
New club t-shirts will be available shortly.
100% Organic ring-spun cotton, 120gms. Available in
white or blue
You can pre-order now and save £3
New members FAQs
Warm welcome to the members who've recently joined
I list below some of the frequently
asked questions - and the answers.
should I train?
We recommend attending the fencing sessions at least
2-3 times a week - this way your skills will build
up much faster and you won't feel that after a week
of inactivity you forgot what you've done during the
previous lesson! Two evening classes + Saturdays
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 and you
will also receive a complimentary private lesson
Can I fence more
than one weapon?
I'd recommend learning 2 weapons. There are skills
that you can acquire in epee which will come very
handy in sabre, foil ideas that will benefit your
epee fencing, etc. However if you feel a strong
preference for one weapon, it's great, you found
your calling, go for it! Do not try to learn all
three weapons at the same time - this will
just confuse you.
Do I need private
Private lessons can be extremely beneficial 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. 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 lessons is
currently £48 p/h (they can be 20, 40 or 60 min).
There are cheaper rates if you set up a pre-paid
We also offer dedicated Individual Lessons plan. The deal is
simple: add £42 per month to your subscription and
receive a monthly 1 hour individual tuition
allowance. If in any month you cannot use the whole
allowance, it is rolled over to the next month.
Should I get my own
This is not urgent but bare in mind that your own
fencing kit will feel more comfortable than the
beginners' range you use at the club - with it
you'll fence better and enjoy it more! It will also
allow you 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/
Please see our online FAQ section http://www.londonfencingclub.co.uk/faq.php#2.