Royal Greenwich Fencing Club

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm Juniors
Thursday 7:45pm to 10:00pm Adults

Contact: Ian Lightbown

Phone: 020 8316 5861
Email: info@royalgreenwichfencingclub.org.uk
Website: royalgreenwichfencingclub.org.uk

Cost: We operate a 10 week term and charge £50 for junior membership, £60 for junior beginners course, £70 for adult membership and £80 for adult beginners course. We also have a number of other options. The pricing is set at theses rates to be competitive with other clubs and because our club is not a profit making enterprise but aimed at introducing people to fencing and providing an affordable venue to fence in.

Royal Greenwich is an independent and privately run fencing club which aims to promote fencing by making it more accessible to the public, and so generate more interest in this Olympic sport, doing so from a grass roots level upwards.

Specifically we offer a local venue with a friendly relaxed atmosphere, where people from the age of eight upwards have the chance to try their hand at fencing for the first time, learning and fencing at their own pace, for fun! We also welcome existing fencers, and competitive level fencers wishing to hone their skills against new opponents, for training and fun!

The Club’s fees include the use by its members of all the basic fencing equipment required to train with, and electric equipment to fight. We also offer a 25% discount for adult concessions and a 25% discount for second siblings.

The Club is affiliated to the British Fencing Association which is the sport’s governing body.

Please be aware that attendance at the Club is by prior arrangement only

The Beginners Courses

Both Junior and Adult beginners courses are run over ten weeks (one term), in which time the beginner is kitted out with the basic fencing safety equipment and taught to fence with one of the three fencing weapons (Foil, Epee or Sabre).

The course will comprise how to advance and retire on the piste, make explosive and accelerating lunges, simple and compound attacks, and varieties of defence.

How to preside over, judge and run a fencing bout and pool, the conventions of fencing in a competition, and will take part in fencing bouts using electrical equipment.

The Scouts Master at Arms Badge Course

This course is specifically for Scouts to qualify for their ‘Master at Arms’ badge and is run over six weeks, in which time they are kitted out with the basic fencing safety equipment and taught to fence with one of the three fencing weapons (Foil, Epee or Sabre).

The course will comprise how to advance and retire on the piste, make explosive lunges and simple attacks, and varieties of defence.

How to preside over, judge and run a fencing bout and pool, the conventions of fencing in a competition, and will take part in fencing bouts using electrical equipment.

The Juniors Club

The Juniors Club operates four terms a year, and is where children and teenagers between the ages of eight and sixteen interested in learning to fence, or who already fence, can come learn and fence at their own pace, without any pressure - and importantly have fun doing so!

The primary weapons used in the Juniors Club are the Sabre and French Foil, with the juniors given the chance of progressing to the Epee. The juniors also have available to them all the corresponding electric equipment for use with the electric Sabre, Foil and Epee.

The classes for junior fencers are held on Monday evenings, between 7 pm and 9 pm, at Shrewsbury House.

The Adults Club

The Adults Club operates four terms a year, and is where adults over the age of seventeen, interested in learning to fence, or who already fence, can come to learn and fence at their own pace, without any pressure - and importantly have fun doing so!

The Adults Club offers fencers and beginners the opportunity to fence with all three weapons, the Sabre, French Foil and French Epee. Most of the adult fencers usually fence two or three weapons and everyone has the chance of progressing to a new weapon, if they wish to. The adults also have available to them all the latest regulation corresponding electric equipment for use with the electric Sabre, Foil and Epee.

The classes for adult fencers are held on Thursday evenings, between 7:45 pm and 10 pm, at Shrewsbury House.

Clothing

The Club has an extensive range of 350N and 800N safety equipment available for use by its adult and junior members, with jackets and lames ranging in size from 32 to 52 inch chests, and while most fencers will want to acquire their own equipment eventually, we can supply all the items necessary for a beginner to start training and fighting.

However, we do ask that individuals dress appropriately and recommend the following:

Tracksuit or jogging trousers
T-shirt (preferably crew-neck)
Trainers or squash shoes

The basic fencing safety equipment we provide is:

The Mask, (available in Small, Medium, Large & Extra Large)
The Under Plastron, for left or right handers (available in Junior, Small, Medium & Large)
The Fencing Jacket, for left or right handers (available from chest size 32-52)
The Glove, for left or right handers (available in Small, Medium & Large)
The Chest Protector, (available in various sizes, only for Women)

Weapons

The weapons taught at the club are:

Foil, in the classic French style of the mid twentieth century and using the classic French grip. This is the weapon generally taught to all new starters to introduce them to the characteristics of the thrust and convention of priority. Foil is the practice weapon for the Small Sword and the first fencing weapon.

Epee, in the modern Hungarian style and using the classic French grip, which uses the characteristics of the thrust but not the convention of priority. Epee is the practice weapon for the Rapier, the preferred duelling weapon, and the second fencing weapon.

Sabre, in the modern Hungarian style, which uses the characteristics of the cut and the convention of priority. Sabre is the practice weapon for the military Sabre and the third fencing weapon.

All weapons are available in adult and junior sizes, for left and right handers, both steam and electric.

 

 

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