The next course is provisionally scheduled to start on Friday 28th May 2021.
The cost of the
The learn-to-fence course is priced at just £150,
and you can fence after the course finishes with
nothing more to pay until the end of term.
- Your initial commitment is just £20,
for the first night - a "taster session". You only pay the
balance of £150 if you wish to continue
- This price includes membership to fence and
get lessons at the club as an intermediate-level
fencer until the Autumn half-term
What the course consists of:
The course gives you the opportunity to learn
fencing each Friday (except half-term) from 8 to
10PM. Each evening there
- A warm up session
- Then, for the first six weeks, separate
classes are organised for beginners. These will
include class instruction, practice and short
- After the first six weeks, beginners start to
integrate into the main club sessions, and can
practice against each other and also against
more experienced fencers
- After the first six weeks, individual lessons
are available from our experienced and
successful coaches - you write your name on a
whiteboard and practice until it is your turn
for a lesson
- At Guildford, the individual lessons are included in the
The course is for adults and teenagers (13 and
over), no previous experience is necessary.
All of the topics required for the British Fencing
Level 1 Qualification will be taught.
The course is subject to the club's Covid guidelines, published here: covid.php.
What you will
need to provide:
- clean, indoor non-marking training shoes
- alternative shoes if necessary, suitable for a playground surface outdoors
- after the first night: long socks -
knee-length football socks are suitable
- loose trousers or track suit bottoms (not jeans,
which are too tight; nor low-cut trousers, which
leave a gap between the jacket and the trousers
where a foil might enter)
- a t-shirt or sports top to wear under the fencing jacket
- a water bottle, towel and spare t-shirt are
- for the duration of Covid precautions, hand sanitiser and a face covering (unless you are exempt)
The Club will loan the following (free of
- fencing jacket
- plastron (a one-armed protective under-jacket)
- breast protector (for older girls only)
- foil or epee for class practice
- electric weapon and wire for practice (subject
- use of the Club's electric scoring equipment
Included in the
- After the first night, the club will arrange
to supply of a pair of fencing breeches, to
comply with Brtish Fencing safety standards
are yours to keep after the course is over
- All coaching for the course
- There is no charge for parking in the school
Plus (subject to availability) loan of:
- electric weapon and wire for practice
- use of the Club's electric scoring equipment
For further enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enrol please post us an entry form -
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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
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
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
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
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 -
Duke of Edinburgh
Students wishing to take fencing as
part of their Duke of Edinburgh
Challenge are welcome. The Challenge
usually takes two terms to complete.
Please indicate on your application form
that you are taking your Duke of