GFC Learn to Fence - Teenage and Adult
| We run taster sessions and
courses at the start of the Autumn and Spring terms.
(If there is enough interest, we will also run
courses at the beginning of the Summer Term.)
The next Taster session is expected in September 2018. The taster session
being the first week of the 6 week course.
Because the recent fire at St Peter's school will have a knock-on effect that will reduce the space available to us, we will not be running any beginners courses in the summer term of 2018, though we expect that we can continue with the normal courses in September 2018.
Fencing is an individual sport which is fast and athletic but also great fun!
It is enjoyed by people of all ages, and is excellent for keeping fit.
Many who do not enjoy team sports find they enjoy fencing.
It develops general fitness, balance and co-ordination and uses lots of calories!
Fencing can be enjoyed as a social activity
and/or as a competitive sport. Many adults,
as well as teenagers, have started fencing at our
You can develop at your own pace, and for training sessions you do not have to book ahead, nor worry about letting a partner down if you miss a week.
Your skill is a long-term investment - you may be
able to surprise the youngsters even when you've
reached the third age.
Fencing has a good safety record. Provided the correct equipment is used and the correct safety rules are followed, blade injuries are very rare. The club's equipment meets British Fencing's safety standards.
After the Beginners Course
When you have successfully completed the course, we hope you will want to continue fencing. You can join Guildford Fencing Club as a member the following term - click here for the current fees.
Your skills are portable - you could also join another club if you move away, or go to University, for example. There are fencing clubs world-wide.
As a member you can train and practice each week with other club members, which is enjoyable and a good motivation to keep fit.
It is generally recognised that, while footwork skills can be taught in classes, you need individual coaching to improve bladework and tactics. At Guildford Fencing Club you have the opportunity to take one-on-one lessons from one of our experienced coaches.
You can learn to use an additional weapon. You can have lessons in either foil, epee or sabre; and some of our fencers are skilled at all three.
We organise competitions within the club, and it is easy to enter competitions in the UK. Within a few months of starting fencing you could compete in a local competition such as the Surrey Intermediates.
Fencers who have learned and trained at Guildford regularly progress to both age-range and open competitions and have achieved recognition on national - and in some cases international - ranking lists.
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Information may not always be up-to-date; last updated 3 February 2018.