QMBL Fencing

We are a friendly three-weapon club focused on participation and development from BOTH Queen Mary and Barts and the London Students. Our priority is to make you feel part of the fencing family, enjoy the sport of fencing and encourage wider participation to competitions. Whether you are a total beginner or a highly competitive member, we will do our best to cater to your needs so that you may improve your abilities and reach your personal goals. Training sessions are not only fun but also highly competitive as well to deliver the highest standards of results when it comes to BUCS events. With the current status of the pandemic, we will take precautions to minimise the risk to our members.

Taster session (for new members)

Please follow @qmblfencing on instagram or join our private FB group (QMBL Fencing Club) for the latest updates! Contact fencingqmbl@gmail.com for any queries. 

  • Date: Week after the freshers fair (Likely Wednesday) but if you can't make it, don't worry, any of your first sessions are free!
  • Activities: 3 x 30-minute sessions run by experienced committee members. If you're experienced, let us know, we'll invite you to our pre-season training too!
  • To Bring: Wear long Sports bottoms (i.e. no shorts or leggings). Fencing kit provided.


Equipment: We provide all of the fencing equipment. All you need is a pair of tracksuit bottoms, a t-shirt and trainers. Please do not wear shorts! 

Commitment levels required:

  • Team/committee members should aim to attend 3 Saturday sessions per month minimum as well as matches and Wednesday sessions where appropriate.
  • Non-team/ Social fencers should aim to attend 2 Saturday sessions per month, Wednesdays optional.
  • Novice fencers will typically be part of the GetActive sessions ran on Wednesdays. Those who have attended majority of it may be invited to join the team on Saturday Trainings for sparring sessions.


The club participates in BUCS, BUCS Individuals, the QMBL Novice Cup, London International University Fencing Competition and London Regional Intermediates. We are hoping that Paris X-Systra will take place this year! These events are perfect if you want to try competitions for the first time or want to represent the university. Big competitions such as the BUCS individuals are normally done together by the club with travel and accommodation planned for by the committee.

Key dates:

  • London Regional in January and July
  • BUCS Matches: Wednesdays during term time
  • BUCS Individuals (at Sheffield) in February 
  • Merger Cup (Barts vs QM) in March
  • QMBL National Novice in March/April
  • LIUF in June

Recreational Fencing and Socials

QMSU GetActive runs 2 introductory Fencing courses for those looking to learn and an intermediate course for those with minimal experience. Each course runs in the semester and is a really fun and affordable way to get involved. Note: This is under the GetActive scheme, not the QMBL Fencing Club. However, it is ran by our members. THERE ARE LIMITED NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT CAN PARTICIPATE SO BUY NOW!

  1. Get Active Beginner's Session: 10-week Introductory Course
    • Teaching: Led by an expert coach (Every 2 weeks) and experienced fencers (Every week)
    • Cost: £30 ONLY! Non-electric Kit provided. 
    • When: Every Wed from 1200-1400
    • Where: Qmotion, Sports Hall (Mile End Campus)
    • For Who: Individuals with no experience with Fencing
    • Weapon: Foil only
    • Buy Here for GetActive course membership (£30): https://www.qmsu.org/shop/product/10246430/
  2. GetActive Intermediate's Session: 10-week Sparring Course
    • Teaching: Led by an expert coach (Every 2 weeks) and experienced fencers (Every week)
    • Cost: £55 (£30 for the GetActive Course + £25 for QMBL Fencing Non-electric and Electric Kit Hire) 
    • When: Every Wed from 1200-1400
    • Where: Qmotion, Sports Hall (Mile End Campus)
    • For Who: Individuals with some experience with Fencing
    • Weapon: Foil and Sabre 
    • Buy Here for GetActive course membership (£30): www.qmsu.org/shop/product/10246430/
    • Buy Here for QMBL Fencing electric kit hire (£25): https://www.qmsu.org/groups/6515/
  3. Sabre:Lite 
    • Teaching: Led by experienced fencers (Every week)
    • Cost: £12 ONLY! Non-electric Kit provided
    • When: Tues from 1745-1945
    • Where: BLSA Recovery Room (Whitechapel Campus)
    • For Who: Individuals with no/some experience with Fencing
    • Weapon:  Sabre only
    • Buy here for Sabre:Lite Membership:  https://www.qmsu.org/shop/product/10246420/

Visit the Get Active site for more information. We have a very active and friendly community, we want you to enjoy and succeed! We also have socials every Saturday after training and have post-match socials on Wednesdays which you are welcomed to attend. 

How do new members join?

  1. Join the Facebook group and get in contact with the club committee members + join our WhatsApp group chat (link will be released during freshers fair)
  2. Attend the taster session - this first session is free!
  3. Purchase your subs - at the Hub (Mile End), BLSA reception (Whitechapel) or online.
  4. Enjoy! Take part in the sessions, and compete.

Contact details

President: Derrick Chang (dede.nehs@gmail.com)

Hello everyone! This is the QMBL Fencing President for the years 2022-2023. I am currently in my 2nd year of Medicine at Barts and the London. I have been with the club since 2021 and can’t wait to have you all join! Over the years, the club has been nominated and recognised for our many achievements such as:

  • 2021/2022: AWARDED Team of the Year (Men's team), Sportsperson of the Year (Daniella Reyes), Contribution to Sport (Emily Goodchild), GetActive Contribution of the Year (Beginner's and Intermediate's Courses). NOMINATED for President of the Year (Daniella Reyes), Coach of the Year (Jacopo Bianchi) and Captain of the Year (Faith Child). PLUS, our Women's and Men's Team topped the BUCS league with the Men's Team winning the BUCS cup and the Women nearly reaching the premier league!
  • 2019/2020: The most nominations the club has received (Club of the Year, Get Active Contribution, Team of the Year for both Men's and Women's, Captain of the Year, Coach of the year and THREE individual nominations for Sportsperson of the Year)
  • 2018/2019: AWARDED for Get Active Club Contribution and Jack Petchey Award. Nominated for President of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.
  • 2017/2018: AWARDED Team of the Year and Nominated for Club of the Year

If you have any questions about our club just send me an email and I promise, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We’ve had an amazing post-pandemic year with great performances from both our men’s and women’s team, as well as from our beginners programme! Looking foward to meeting ya’ll at the freshers fair! :D

Committee 2022/2023:

  • President: Derrick Chang
  • Treasurer: Daniella Reyes
  • VP: Savva Shilin
  • Women's Captain: Georgia Silk
  • Men's Captain: Sam Sung
  • Novice Captains: Derrick Chang, Savva Shilin
  • Social Secs: Shubhank Verma, Zareef Razaqque
  • Armourer: Edvard Brodsky
  • Welfare: Yassin Awad

Club Accounts: 

  • Email us at: fencingqmbl@gmail.com
  • Join us at: QMBL Fencing Club on our private facebook group
  • Follow us: @qmblfencing on instagram and QMBL Fencing page on facebook




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