Fencing

We are friendly three-weapon club focused on improving fencers of all standards from introducing total beginners to the sport to developing our highly competitive members as well. Our focus is on participation and development; however, we still compete seriously and to a high standard in BUCS events as well as strongly encouraging wider participation in fencing events including national ranking tournaments.

Taster session

  • Time: Within week following freshers fair.
  • 3 x 30 minute sessions run by experienced committee members.
  • Wear long Sports bottoms (i.e. no shorts or leggings). Fencing kit provided.
  • Team trials will be a separate event. The format will be a standard competition.
  • Selected Fencers will be told within 2 days.
  • Unsuccessful candidates will be given clear feedback on how to improve and potential pathways to joining the team later in the year.

Training

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 are encouraged to attend as much as they like, however Wednesday novice sessions are strongly recommended. Novices will not be permitted to attend other sessions unless attending at least a majority of the novice training sessions.

Competitions

BUCS, BUCS Individuals, the QMBL Novice Cup, London International University Fencing Competition, London Regional Intermediate and Novice.

Key dates:

  • BUCS Individuals in February
  • QMBL National Novice in March/April
  • LIUF in June
  • London Regional in January and July

Recreational Fencing

QMSU also runs an Introductory Fencing course for those looking to learn. It's a 10 week course led by an expert coach and costs just £25 so is a really fun and affordable way to get involved. Sabre:Lite is also a Get Active weekly session which is a simplified version of Fencing and is a great introduction to the sport. Visit the Get Active site for more information.

How do new members join?

  1. Join the Facebook group and get in contact with the club committee members. 
  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.

Personal Fitness

QMSU offers a gym on the Mile End campus, Qmotion, as well as a sister-gym in Charterhouse Square, Fitness to Practice, both with competitive student membership rates. This is ideal for students who want to purchase a gym membership - which is separate from a Club Sport subs - to improve and maintain peak physical fitness.

With every gym membership, you get a free 60 minute one-to-one session with trained instructors which includes:

  • A personalised gym programme tailored to your own fitness goals;
  • A full demonstration of exercise and techniques, and guidance on resistance machines;
  • Information and advice on nutrition;
  • A 60 minute review session every 6-8 weeks to re-evaluate and re-customise a new programme to avoid plateaus.

Contact details

President: Alessandro Tridico (a.v.tridico@qmul.ac.uk).

Hi,

I am Alex and I will be your primary point of contact for the Fencing Club. My main role is to coordinate with the SU and the Sports Committee to ensure the club is running smoothly. You will find me at every training session on a Saturday and occasionally joining in the Beginners and novice sessions.

Feel free to get in touch with me with any questions you might have on the club or on fencing itself… and get ready to duel. 

Captains: Mens - Charlie Gellett, Womens - Karolina Piskorska.

Hello,

 

We are your QMBL team captains for the 2017/2018 academic year. You may feel free to contact us on any fencing matter, in particular any queries relating to representing QMBL as part of one of our teams. Our priorities for the year are to keep our teams, our team members and ourselves performing to the highest possible standards, but if you are not currently on one of our teams, we are absolutely still available to help with any issue you may have.

 

Come and chat to us at any fencing session (we will be attending most of them) including during freshers week.

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