New Venue for SUMMER Term – STARTS April 26th

We will be in the Jubilee Community Hall, SW2 2LY (Brixton Rec’s bowling lanes are still out of action). The Jubilee Hall is less than a mile from Brixton Tube. We’ll be there from April 26th to July 17th (inclusive).

Walk: 15 mins up Tulse Hill (A204). Bus: 2, 415 or 432 bus to Jubilee Primary School or Craignair Road. The bus stop is the last on the left before Acre Lane (out of the Tube and left) just before you cross the road for the Ritzy Cinema. Free parking: Leander Rd or Medora Rd. 

If anyone has any questions, please get in touch: info@brixtonsabre.com

Beginners Course Now Full (May 3-Jun 21)

Our Summer Beginners course (May 3-Jun 21, 2022) is now full. But bookings are now open for the next course. It runs from Sep 27 – Nov 15 (incl). We want to make sure you get the most of our coach’s attention so we limit the numbers on each course. Thanks for thinking of us. To make sure you don’t miss out again, book now. We look forward to meeting you.

discover a whole new world


sabre fencing in south london

experienced coach

Our coach, Paolo, brings dynamic energy to our sessions. He has an Italian accent but we’re trying to get him to speak like David Bowie. He makes us fight each other… which is kind of the reason we’re all here.

Sport & friends

 We love to fence. We also like hanging out together. We’re a mixed bunch (55% women: 45% men and proud of it). We’re actors, journalists, care workers, analysts, software and UX engineers, barristas, students and teachers.

spacious venue

For the Autumn Term 2021 we’ll be in the Jubilee Community Hall, SW2 2LY on Tuesday nights. (We’re usually in the Brixton Recreation Centre). It’s right next to Brixton – please see above for directions.

south london’s only specialist sabre Club

Brixton Sabre is south London’s only specialist sabre club. Our coach, Paolo Gattavari (still in his 20s), ex Italian U23 sabre fencer, gives one-to-one sabre lessons and runs sabre courses for beginners.

We’re a group of mixed ability sabre fencers – from beginners to veteran internationals – who got together to offer South London’s only dedicated sabre nights. We welcome any sabre fencers who want to join us for one-off sessions (we have several regular visitors who come each month) or become a member.  We train every week on Tuesday nights and also compete in national and international competitions.

We welcome beginners so don’t worry if you’ve never fenced before. You don’t need to buy equipment. Just tell us you want to try it out and we’ll show you the basics in a fully insured beginners’ course.

We’re in Jubilee Hall (SW2 2LY) near Brixton tube and rail stations from 7.30pm-9.30pm on Tuesday nights for the Autumn Term 2021. (We’re usually at Brixton Rec (SW9 8QQ)

Real fencing, real fast

fence in brixton. Fun. ESPECIALLY SABRE.

Key Dates:

 Members & Visitors

We fence in three terms each year. Each term is between 11 and 14 weeks.

2022 Autumn Term: Sep 6 – Dec 6
(14 Sessions)

2022 Spring Term: Jan 11 – Apr 5 (13 Sessions)

2022 Summer Term: Apr 26 – Jul 17 (13 Sessions)

Beginners Courses

We run only one course each term so places are limited. Don’t miss out. Reserve your spot now.

2022 Autumn Term: Sep 27 – Nov 15

2022 Spring Term: Jan 25 – Mar 15

2022 Summer Term: May 3 – Jun 21

Try Before You Buy

We only run two or three introduction nights a term. So if you fancy a taster session, better book now.

2021 Autumn Term: Sep 20, 27 , Nov 22

2022 Spring Term: Jan 18, 25, Mar 29

2022 Summer Term: Apr 26 and May 3


LEARN IN just 8 weeks


£90 for an 8-week course.


Tuesday, 7.30-9.00pm


Male and female beginner sabreurs, 16+


All equipment and insurance provided (wear tracksuit bottoms)

Why fencing?


When you take up fencing, you’re not taking up any old sport. It takes a certain mindset and a way of thinking to face an opponent on the piste. Creative, energetic and fully engaging, fencing is an Olympic sport unlike any other.


The tip of a sabre sword is the second fastest thing in sport after a speeding bullet – dodging it can be tricky.


The clothing is specially designed to keep you safe and protected. And the mask is specially designed to protect your head, face and neck.


When you fence, you have to outwit your opponent. Think ahead, plan and play. A bit like chess, but moving fast… with a sword.

Brixton Testimonials

I started fencing a few months ago and already I am addicted. I thought It would take ages to learn the basics but I was holding a sword and fencing in my first session. I tell everyone I meet that they have to try it.


We set up Brixton Sabre to try and shake off fencing’s stuffy image and encourage more people to take up one of the world’s most exciting sports. There’s nothing like this south of the river.

I was given a fencing course as a present by my wife and I enjoyed it from the first session. It makes you move and think on your feet. I’ve found that we’re able to bring new people in and that helps keep us all on our toes.


Pricing Plans

We run ongoing beginners courses and you can also drop in and fence as a one off session if you have experience. If you fence regularly, join us! Over 20% discount for major benefit claimants, students and OAPs.

What You Get

As a member of British Fencing, Brixton Sabre is fully insured to coach beginners. After your beginner course, you can join British Fencing on their free 90 day Intro membership.

One-Off Drop In


Competitive Fencing




1:1 Coaching



club Access




1:1 Coaching

beginner’s course


club Access




Group Coaching

Try-Before-You Buy


CLUB intro


Meet & Greet


Intro Lesson

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