Beginner Courses

For those who are completely new to Fencing and are unsure about starting a beginner course the club offers a free "Taster" session first.

The club offers Beginner Courses for both Adults and Juniors, normally at the start of the Winter and Spring terms.  The courses run for 5 weeks and cost 80 GBP. 

During this time you will have a dedicated coach who will be with you for the whole of the course. The coach will take you through the basic movements, theories and exercises needed to fence.  Note that the coaching on the Beginner courses is for foil only.

All the necessary fencing kit is provided from the Club's Kit store, and hire of this kit is included in the price for the Beginners Courses.  

Note that whilst the Club provide all the specialist kit, all participants need to wear normal sports clothes (i.e. T-shirt, tracksuit trousers – no shorts please – and trainers) and bring a bottle of water.

The courses cover part of the syllabus for British Fencing Association (BFA) Grade 1. The BFA has designed a Fencing Achievement Awards Ladder which has 6 grade levels from beginner to Advanced.

Completion of the course will enable you to progress onto BFA Grade 1, (and subsequent grades) if you wish to.  The coaches can explain the BFA Grading scheme in more detail or alternatively see the British Fencing website on the Useful Links page.

After you have completed the beginners course you will be required to become a member of the club, and to start purchasing your own - or hiring club - kit.

Your kit is obviously very important. If you need any help in purchasing or maintaining any of your kit please ask one of our coaches.

Please note any kit you purchase must be up to current BFA and or FIE (the International Fencing Federation) regulations. Details of local and London based Fencing Suppliers who provide BFA / FIE approved kit are given on the Useful Links page.   

 For all enquiries about the courses or the Taster session, please check the website regularly or Contact the club via email or phone for the latest info.  See Contact Us Links.

Note that with Covid 19, all of the dates for beginner courses in  January 2021, together with any "Taster" sessions are provisional and may be revised or changed at short notice. 

Updated info will be posted on the website when available and also on the Club Facebook page.  

UPDATE:  Revised DATES / TIMES for September Beginner Courses - see below.  


Beginner Course Dates


Course Dates

The following are the (revised given Covid 19) dates for Junior and Adult Beginner Courses in September 2020 and January 2021.


Friday 25 September 2020

Start Time 1800 / 6PM

Friday 15 January 2021

Start Time 1800 / 6PM


Monday 21 September 2020

Start Time 1800 / 6PM

Monday 11 January 2021

Start Time 1800 / 6PM


2020 Beginners

Here are some images from the current Adult beginner Class now running in September & October 2020.


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