All fencing equipment will be provided, please wear tracksuit trousers (stretchy if possible but not thin leggings), T-shirt and trainers.
We welcome and encourage parents to stay and watch the sessions.
The Junior course is, at times, split into two age groups. This allows us to tailor our coaching to the specific needs of each group so that each child is given the support and encouragement they need to achieve their potential.
For pair exercises and fencing bouts children will be paired with fencers of a similar aged/size.
‘Our ethos for teaching children is ‘respect, encouragement and fun’. We maintain a high level of discipline so that every child receives the best coaching we can offer in an environment where they feel safe and valued.’
‘Fencing offers children an alternative to the ball based sports commonly taught in schools and can give them an opportunity to excel using the different skills required for fencing.’ Jo and Marc
The first session of the course will follow the following format:
Arrival, introductions and safety brief.
Warm-up games and stretching. Join in and get to know everybody with fun games that will get you warmed up and ready for stretches. We demonstrate and assist you with stretches that will prepare you for fencing.
You will learn the basic footwork movements (on guard position, stepping forward and back, lunging) and play games that help you to learn these moves in a fun way.
You will learn how to hold your fencing foil and hit your coaches (us!) with a lunge. Once you have mastered the technique of hitting safely then you will then be ready for the next step…
You will be able to try what you have learnt so far in your very first FRIENDLY FIGHT!
The session ends with another game – all our games have themes that give children another opportunity to practice important elements of fencing such as tactics, footwork, timing, coordination and speed.