Fencing at the club

Fencing at Wellington Swords Fencing Club

Friendly and vibrant best describes the club atmosphere, based in a purpose build fencing salle, beginners get the opportunity to cross swords with international fencers, whilst undertaking this exciting sport. You really could not ask for a better place to fence.

Our fencers are fortunate to be supported by highly skilled armourer and Member of the Guild of Armourers, Peter Smith who was selected as armourer for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Our club evenings include a gentle warm up and footwork followed by a blade work skills session or tactical lesson for those who wish and free fencing for all. Short or long private lessons are also available upon request and are recommended for all those who wish to progress more rapidly.

We encourage visitors to the area to drop in on a casual basis to join us for an evening of fencing so continuously have a range of new fencers to practice and hone your skills against.

Summer Fencing

Summer Fencing runs from July to September when Wellington Swords closes down for the summer.

While most fencers will be fencing foil or epee however we also have a number of fencers who join us to fence sabre during the summer. This is an informal and fun, come-and-fence opportunity and again we welcome visitors as long as they have the necessary fencing experience.

You turn up, warm up, get your kit on and fence. It runs Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. There is no formal coaching, although coaching can be arranged by prior agreement.

The Salle is hired by all those present, the hire charge being split between everyone attending. We set the minimum price at £5.00, which also covers wear and tear on Wellington Swords kit, such as scoring equipment, which we will be using. The cost may be higher dependent on numbers; however, we have rarely had to levy a higher fee over the last few years. Long may it continue! Unfortunately, you cannot join us if you were under 13 on the 1st of January. BFA or equivalent membership is required for insurance purposes.

A General Guide to Fencing

Fencing is the fastest combat sport there is. It combines speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, and strategy. Despite this, it doesn’t take long to get to a level where you can enjoy fencing others at your own level, and from there, improvement is made at whatever speed your coaching and practice will allow.

Whether fencing is considered to be an art of enjoyment or a science of weapons, a method of education or a sport, its study reveals a thousand-year-old history, a wide range of technical skills, a laudatory record of achievements, and above all, the values created by fencing that are still taught today through the practice of this sport.

The modern Olympic sport requires fencers to be the fittest of athletes and have levels of skills which require many hours of dedicated training. In learning the skills of attacking and defending with the Foil, Epee or Sabre swords fencers develop good co-ordination, balance and flexibility which makes fencing training an ideal means of keeping fit for all ages and abilities. When fencing is offered as a holiday activity or at a taster session there are always large numbers of youngsters who wish to emulate their story book heroes. Fencing for those in wheelchairs is a major sport in disabled competitions and Britain has won many medals at fencing in the Paraplegic Games. Certain disabilities prove to be of little disadvantage at fencing and those who are unable to compete in other sports find that they can compete on equal terms with able-bodies fencers.

Fencing takes place on a 14 metre long by 1.5 – 2 metre wide piste.  Hits are judged by the electric scoring equipment but the referee makes the decisions on who, if either, scores. The sport is extremely fast and making those decisions can be very difficult. To aid the referee, video replays have just been introduced at major events, such as World Championships and the Olympics. Bouts are first to 5 hits in the early part of individual competitions and to 15 hits in the later knockout stages. Team matches are now normally run on a relay system with each bout picking up the score where the last one left off. For teams of 3 the winner is the first team to reach 45 hits.