Our Beginners Course is perfect if you’ve never fenced before. Just sign up and we’ll teach you everything you need to confidently swing a sabre in just 8 weeks.
The course runs every Tuesday night from 7.30-9.00pm. We supply all the gear and insurance – you just need to bring the energy and enthusiasm. Oh and tracksuit bottoms, trainers and a T-shirt 😊.
Our coach, Paolo Gattavari (still in his 20s :)), ex Italian U23 sabre fencer, runs the course. He has an Italian accent but we’re trying to get him to speak like David Bowie.
After just 8 weeks Paolo will have you fighting like crazy and ready to join in with the rest of us.
Each week you’ll do the warm-up with all of us – you’ll be sweaty by then – and then go off as a group where you develop your footwork and bladework.
Week-by-week you’ll learn how to change the tempo, how to attack and defend and because sabre fencing is a one-to-one sport all this is done with just you and Paolo or in pairs, even though it’s a group session.
Sabre fencing is an Olympic sport unlike any other. It combines contact sport, yoga, dance, chess and martial arts. It’s fast, fun and intelligent.
Almost everyone ends up joining the club after the Beginners’ Course – we’ve doubled our numbers in just a year. We’re a mixed bunch (55% women: 45% men and proud of it, 16+ only). Actors, journalists, care workers, software and UX engineers, analysts, barristas, students…
We’re really easy to get to after work. We’re in Brixton Recreation Centre (SW9 8QQ), a stone’s throw from Brixton Tube and rail stations and loads of bus routes. There are good changing rooms and showers upstairs (and a swimming pool if you fancy).
The Beginners’ Course costs £90 for 8 weeks. That’s just £7.50 an hour to get fitter, faster and stronger and have fun in the process. And there’s a graduation party on completion of the course.
And if you still have questions or would like to find out more about us, then head on over to our dedicated Facebook page by clicking the link below and introducing yourself or sending us a message:
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January 28th – March 17th (inclusive)
May 12th – June 30th (inclusive)