Brighton & Hove Fencing Club
Coach:Mark Barrowcliffe(British Fencing qualified coach)
BEGINNERS’ SPECIAL INTENSIVE FENCING COURSE
Our next Beginners’ Fencing Course will start on Thursday 18th January at 7.00pm at BACA, and run for 10 weeks.
Open to adults and children 8 years and over (only with parents’ written permission – please see About the Club).
Course content: - safety, mobility, basic attack & defence, learning to link these in elementary game play with some simple rules of the game.
Fencing equipment will be provided for the course (please advise your chest size for the jacket);
You bring t-shirt, trainers and tracksuit/jogger trousers (NOT shorts or crops), plus a drink.
The cost will be £120, paid in two installments, half at the beginning, and half prior to week 6, cheques payable to Brighton & Hove Fencing Club please.
Places are limited and can only be held for paid applications.
You are welcome to drop in any Thursday 7.00-10pm to watch the Club in action
FENCING SAFETY REGULATIONS These apply to ALL FENCERS
Fencing is a combat sport - fencers arm, equip and fence at their own risk
BFA REGULATION EQUIPMENT - CEN standards
Mask with 350N bib & backstrap
Jacket (minimum 350N)
Plastron (under jacket) 800N
Glove overlapping the opening to the sleeve
. Breeches (Minimum 350N) *
*Legs must be completely covered (Shorts are NOT acceptable).
For NON -ELECTRIC FOIL PRACTICE ONLY (Both Fencers using flexible, lightweight steam foils) a 350N plastron is sufficient and strong trousers with openings/pockets zipped or sewn up are permissible; but For Any Other Fencing Ie Electric Foil, Epee, Sabre, Breeches (minimum 350N) must be worn
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF EACH FENCER TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THEMSELVES AND OTHERS BY CAREFUL BEHAVIOUR
1) Sword points must be kept down at all times when not fencing
2) NEVER point a sword at anyone who is not wearing safety equipment
3) Correct equipment conforming to BFA regulations (see above) and of an appropriate size must be worn at all times when fencing; non-slip footwear must be worn.
4) Before starting play, check your own equipment and that of opponent – make sure it is done up, correctly worn and check your blade (no sharp bends, tip covered).
5) Make sure you fence in an area clear of obstruction, hazard and other fencers.
6) The playing area must be kept clear of spare equipment and bags
7) If a BLADE BREAKS STOP IMMEDIATELY, SHOUT 'STOP'. CEASE ALL FENCING
8) Warn your partner if you wish to stop (hazard, sneeze, etc) raise your non-sword hand & say 'STOP PLEASE'.
9) DO NOT REMOVE YOUR MASK until play has ceased and it is safe to do so.
10) Violent play is dangerous and against the rules. No one enjoys being on the receiving end and violent fencers soon run out of willing partners. Hard hitting is due to lack of blade control and desperation to hit or not be hit at all costs. Try to hit as you would wish to be hit – with skill.
The above points are not written in order of importance but as a check-list to use each time you fence.
AFTER THE COURSE
We hope that you will find the course enjoyable and instructive and that you will wish to continue with our exciting sport and become a member of Brighton & Hove Fencing Club.
The Beginners’ Course is designed to enable you to learn the basic strokes of foil fencing, and this is just the start of your progress towards achieving your full potential as a fencer and gaining greater satisfaction from the sport. Whether this will be by enjoying fencing in the Club as an active, challenging and exciting exercise or by winning medals in competition, Brighton & Hove Fencing Club offers training via group tutorials, pair or one-to-one coaching for all its members as well as partner practice, free play and regular Club competitions.
What does this involve?
You will need to pay Club Membership Subscription (preferably by monthly standing order)
You will need to register with England Fencing (EF) for insurance.
You will need to buy your own equipment as the Club equipment is required for further Beginners’ Courses and obviously it is preferable to have your own personal kit. (You may continue to borrow club kit while you do this.)
We can advise on all of the above when you decide to join.
Mark Barrowcliffe (Coach)
Please email if you have any queries about the course. email@example.com