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Adult beginners courses

Experienced, intermediate, or competitive fencers with their own equipment are welcome to attend our adult training sessions at any time.

If you are new to fencing then attending one of our beginners' courses is a great introduction to the sport. Better yet, all fencing equipment is provided at no extra charge!

During this structured six week course you will learn the basic skills of fencing under the supervision of a qualified coach.

Next adult beginners' course

Dates:   Thursdays, 1st June - 6th July 2017 (6 weeks)
Venue:   St. Mary's Independent School
Times:   7:30pm - 9:30pm

Who can apply:   adults and older teenagers
Duration:   1 session per week for 6 weeks
Cost:   £60

There are only a limited number of places available on our courses, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

Please complete the Application Form.

You can pay by cheque and return the form to us by post to the address at the bottom of the form. If you prefer to pay online by bank transfer then you can return the form by e-mail and we will get back to you with the bank details so that you can make your payment.

Course content and structure

Some of the things you will learn are listed below.

  • Safety and equipment in fencing
  • The basic rules
  • Special fencing footwork
  • A variety of offensive and defensive fencing actions
  • Elementary tactics
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    After arriving at the beginning of each session you will be allowed 10-15 minutes to warm up and stretch should you wish to do so.

    During the main part of the class (approximately 45 minutes) you will normally be taught about a particular fencing action and practice it with a partner through a number of exercises. The last week of the course is different and provides an opportunity to consolidate all that you have learned during the previous sessions.

    The remaining time in each session is for fencing against other participants on the course as well as our regular members. Make the most of this time to practise what you have learned and get to know the other people at the club. Your coach will never be far away if you have any questions.

    Please remember that this structure is flexible and may change slightly from week to week depending on the material being covered and the individuals in the group.

    After the Course

    If you would like to continue fencing after the course has finished you will be welcome at our regular club night. There are a number of payment options, so choose the one that suits you best. Adult fencers are expected to acquire their own equipment, but you can continue to borrow the club equipment until we need it for another group of beginners.