GFC Learn to Fence - Under 13sFencing is a unique and increasingly popular activity, enjoyed by people of all ages. Founded in 1949, Guildford Fencing Club is one of the oldest fencing clubs in England. We are traditionally a three weapon club - épée, foil and sabre. We follow the school year from September to July and our year is divided into three terms.
Thinking of giving fencing a try? As a Club, we are keen to encourage new people to try out the sport of fencing and to encourage people back to the sport. No previous experience is required and the equipment is provided by the Club.
This page is about the course for beginners under 13. Click here for older
teens and adults.
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.
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.
Fencing has a good safety record. Provided the correct equipment is used and the correct safety rules are followed, blade injuries are very rare.
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.
You will need to buy your own kit over a period of several terms. Some of the coaches at the club can sell you kit at competitive prices, or you can buy elsewhere if you prefer. Mask, jacket, plastron and breeches must meet the safety requirements.
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 age-range competitions and have achieved recognition on national - and in some cases international - ranking lists.
The club has a thriving teenage and adult membership too. 13s and over fence with the teenagers in the later session (8 PM to 10 PM).
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Information may not always be up-to-date; last updated 1 September 2019