Training At Home Resources

All sports facilities are currently closed, and we don’t know how long it will last. Here are some training ideas to keep you in fencing shape while at home.

We are sharing these on our Facebook page, and will add links here as we go.

How are we all going with our enforced rest break?
As promised, we’re going to share some stuff with you to help keep you in shape at home.

Today we’ll kick off with some Fencers Edge videos.
First, physical conditioning with some balance work!

As some of you know, when you ask the coach what you can practice at home the first thing she says is “Footwork!”
Coach has also been known to say that there is no point practicing your footwork badly.

So, before we start footworking, here is a quick review of common mistakes and how to correct them. You will probably find a lot of this very familiar as well!

Last one for today, this one courtesy of Gryphon Fencing Club.
Think of this as a “my first fencing footwork drill”.

More physical conditioning with Fencer’s Edge. Today it’s squats and push-ups!

Thursday would normally be epee at Olinda. Here is something fun for the epeeists.

A bit of upper body work today, with Enrico Di Ciolo – the Italian coach some of you would have met at the UFC earlier this year.
You should be able to get the general idea without understanding Italian 🙂

And now some tips to improve your retreat.

Welcome to the weekend!
We’re using the sunny morning to clean and dry fencing equipment.
For you, we present the Beginner Fencing Workout. (Pace yourself, we’ve probably got weeks of this 😉🤺 )

It’s a rest day, take a break.

Welcome to week two of training at home!
Let’s get those shoulders to loosen up a bit before we start using blades.

Now might also be a good time to think about practice targets. Here is one option, you could add a mask to the top.
Alternatively, if you have some big cardboard boxes around you might like to find them before tomorrow.

Your sense of humour may vary, but lots of ideas here, and the key point that you can make up your own drills!
He’s using a foil, but you can use an epee or sabre just as easily

Something a little different today. Let’s talk about Tempo.
Then you can start playing with it in your basic footwork drills!

Today we have some more physical training exercises, this time from the London Fencing Club.

And let’s add some variety to your attack drills!

Time to share something from closer to home, this one from Sydney Sabre.

Something fun to watch on a wet weekend.

There’s no way around it, the key to consistency and control is lots and lots of repetition.

The “slide, jump, lunge”, which I learned as “half jump, lunge”, probably short for “half-step, jump, lunge”, which is what it actually is.
Whatever you call it, it’s particularly handy for short people, which is why I use it too much.

Have a happy and safe Easter everyone!

Since we’re all staying home, let’s talk about Feints.

For those who questioned the inclusion of bouncing in the Footwork of Doom sessions, let’s see some sabreurs bounce.

Speaking of the Footwork of Doom sessions, this is where we stole it from:

You can all have some fun with this one.
Drill starts 30 seconds in.

Simple but effective.

Been wondering how to practice distance at home?

Covid-19 Update

As with all these notices, this is subject to change depending on current circumstances, etc.


Training is now cancelled until further notice.
All sports clubs and facilities have been asked to close, so we are no longer able to fence.  Normal training will resume when we are allowed to do so.


All Training during the school holidays is cancelled. 
Public activities including This Girl Can and Active April are cancelled.

The club committee will assess the situation at the end of the school holidays and advise members with regard to Term 2 training.

Risk Reduction

Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly, we have soap&water in the bathrooms, and hand sanitiser on the admin table. Bring your own if you can.

You do not need to shake hands. At the end of matches simply salute.

We will be avoiding warm-up games and activities that involve close contact.

Shared equipment is probably the greatest transmission risk at fencing, so we need to ensure one person to one set of kit per clean. We will do our best to provide this for those who need it, but it means our capacity to bring in new members is significantly reduced.

So, now is a really good time to buy your own kit. Especially masks and gloves. We will facilitate orders for term 2 – check for e-mail on the subject.

Please make sure you only pick up your mask to fence with, pay attention.

If you are sick please stay home. We will try to arrange make-up sessions/lessons for you when you are well.

Term 1 Details

Welcome to 2020!

It’s time to start fencing again, here is what you have to look forward to in Term 1. Make sure you affiliate with Fencing Victoria before your first fencing session: FV Registration Form

Mitcham training resumes at 7pm on Tuesday January 21st. We’re on school holiday timetable for the January sessions, which means we make it up as we go along.

Normal classes resume from February 4th.
5pm – U9 Swordplay. New, earlier timeslot!
7pm – U13 Sabre Squad, and Senior Sabre Squad Training starts.

Nunawading training resumes on February 2nd. The first session back will include some goal-setting activities for the year ahead.

9:30 – U13 Sabre Squad and Beginners
10am – Epee Squad
10:30 – Senior Sabre Squad

Olinda training resumes on Thursday February 6th.

5pm – Junior Epee
6pm – Senior Epee

More Information
If you take a look under News & Events, you’ll find we now have a calendar on this website! You’ll be able to see that we have a Referee Workshop scheduled for Feb 29th!

We have also started putting information into the members-only section of this website. Create an account for yourself, and you’ll be able to check the recommended competitions for the year by age group!

Christmas Shopping!

Santa holding an epee and fencing mask.

Hard to believe, but as fencing equipment all needs to be imported, you need to be ordering your christmas presents in October if you want to be sure of getting them in time!

To facilitate equipment purchase by members, Lisa is willing to collate and submit orders. However you are still welcome to speak directly to our local importer or otherwise make your own arrangements.

To order, give Lisa your wishlist either at training or e-mail
Payment is due when the equipment arrives, you will be invoiced directly by Fencing Imports Australia.
Some items will require measurements. You can get size charts and use a tape measure at training if you wish.
Orders need to be with Lisa no later than October 17th.

Cheap Masks and Lame’s

If enough people are interested, we can order in bulk and obtain some electric sabre masks and lame’s at a significant discount. Please note the following:

  • The masks are 350N. These are not suitable for Category 1 competitions. They are fine for club use, B-grades, U13 etc.
  • The mask bib and lame’ fabric is probably not stainless steel. They will have a shorter lifespan than more expensive masks (2-3 years if you look after them. They are cheap for a reason.)

Those Options By Price (depends on exchange rate, etc): 

Electric Sabre Mask: $65-$70
Electric Sabre Lame’: $90-$110
Both a mask and a lame’, for $160-$180 total 

If you are interested in the bulk order, please let Lisa know ASAP, October 15th at the latest.

Finally, don’t forget we still have $20 body wires for both epee and sabre available! Jenny is looking after those, ask her to bring some to training for you if you want them.

School Sabre Teams

Sunday September 8th

If you are a school fencer who is not already affiliated with Fencing Victoria, please use this link to register: Registration Form

Teams consist of three fencers + optional reserve (total of 4 members)

Teams will be registered with the DT by coaches – entries due Thursday 5th September

No entry fee will be charged for this event.

Sabre Fencing Equipment will be provided at the venue.

Individual fencers must affiliate with Fencing Victoria prior to the competition. Use the Registration Form to affiliate if you are a new school fencer and this is likely to be your only competition for the year.

No fee will be charged to school sabre fencers. 

Roll Call: 1pm

Fencers should arrive at the venue by 12:30pm to check teams and sort out equipment.



MELWAYS: Map 2A Ref E8 

1st Floor, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne


Parking is available around the venue, but there are restrictions at various times – please read the parking signs.  Please also note that U-turns are not permitted in Arden Street (single white line).

Public transport:

– by train closest station is North Melbourne.  10 minute walk down Laurens Street

– by tram closest stop is No 15 on Abbotsford Street on route 57.  5 minute walk down Arden Street

This event is part of the Sabre Schools Project run by Whitehorse Chevaliers Fencing Club, with funding provided by the Victorian Government and support from Fencing Victoria.

July School Holidays

School Holiday Activities

School Team Sabre

Tuesday July 2nd, 7pm-9pm.
We hope to get a “Schools League Team Sabre” competition run as a trial in Term 3.  Would you like your school to field a team in the first ever sabre event?
Bring 2 or 3 more students from your school to try their hand at sabre fencing. Your team can then continue to train at the club, or talk to us about offering a sabre program at your school.
(If you don’t have a team yet, you can still come along and join in)

Suitable for beginners and current fencers in secondary school or grade 5/6 primary school.

Book Your Place Here

This Girl Can Fence!

Saturday July 6th, 10:15am-11:30am.
Suitable for female beginners aged 10+, all equipment provided.  Come and join us for a free introduction to the sport of fencing.
Our novice and junior classes run at the same time on Saturdays to make them more accessible for families.

Book Your Place Here

Learn to Fence – Adults

Tuesday July 9th, 7pm-8:30pm.
Suitable for beginners aged 13+, but particularly aimed at the over 20’s.  All equipment provided.  Come and join us for a free introduction to the sport of fencing, try your hand at the sabre and the epee on the fencing piste.
(Parents – the kids class will also run at the same time, if your children are aged 7-12 you can put them there while you fence!)

Book Your Place Here

Junior Fun Day

Saturday July 13th, 10:15am-11:30am.
Suitable for beginners and current fencers aged 7-11, all equipment provided.  Come and join us for some fun fencing activities, and bring your friends. No booking required.

Book Your Place Here

2019 Membership

2019 Membership details are now available!

Renewing members, check the step-by-step guide to 2019 Registration to create your account and register on the new FV system.
(You get to choose your own password now!  Hooray!)

Follow this link for the 2019 registration form

New members, come and join us for a free trial session in January – Tuesday 16th or Saturday 20th.  If you sign up in January you will be able to take advantage of renewing member benefits – including no set-up fee (normally $90) and access to the discounted annual pre-payment option.


Don’t delay, register today!

School Holiday Activities

School Holiday Workshops

We will be running two school holiday workshops suitable for beginners.  Class size is limited to ten fencers, so bookings are essential!

You’ll learn the basics of the fencing with the epee and sabre, and get a chance to fence a real fencing match.  All equipment is provided, and the room we have booked has air-conditioning, because wearing the safety gear in a hot room is no fun.

When:  Tuesday 23rd January

Times:  10am-11:15  Ages 5-9,  11:30-1pm – ages 9-13

Where: Sportslink, 2 Hanover Road, Vermont South

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport.  ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants.  The 9-13 age group should avoid wearing short pants if possible.  U9’s can wear shorts.

Cost: $20 per person
Register With Trybooking


Open Day

There will be an open training session for prospective members to come and try the sport.  This session is free, all equipment provided, and you’ll get to experience all the elements of a typical fencing training session.  Beginners are most welcome!

When:  Saturday 20th January

Time:  10am-12pm  Ages  9 to adult.

Where: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove, Nunawading.

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport.  ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants.  You can wear shorts for some of the activities, but will want long pants with you for when you start the real fencing.


Coach Development Day

Our first session of the year will see our coaches engaged in some personal development and practicing their coaching techniques.

This is also a session for prospective coaches and coaching assistants, including parents and teachers interested in obtaining a Level 0 Community coaching qualification.  You can find out what’s involved, ask questions, and have a go.

Fencers are also welcome to come along!  There’s a good chance you will pick up some free lessons when the coaches want to practice.  Pistes will be available for you to fence on.

When:  Saturday 13th January

Time:  10am-12pm

Where: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove, Nunawading.


We have lots of activities coming up

Bring a friend day, Saturday, September 12th. If you have a friend who would like to try fencing, or whom you have been trying to talk into it, this is the day. On September 12th, you can bring a friend for a free trial session. The session will include: beginners in both junior and open sessions, beginner-friendly footwork (so you can all have a bit of a rest) at 10am, morning tea for fencers and their parents, and a group fencing game around 12.30.  The flyer can be downloaded here, or pick one up from the club: Bring A Friend Day flyer, September 2015

Competition preparation workshop, Tuesday, September 15th. Planning to enter comps in the near future?  This workshop will include drills, fencing, and some discussion on competition preparation and psychology to help you get ready. This workshop start at 8pm sharp (so there will not be a novice session that night). The cost is $15, payment due beforehand or on the night. Whilst this is timed to help prepare those going to Riverina (so far we have Tim, Connor, Oscar, Jordan and Cathi going), there are also a lot of competitions coming up in Term 4, so be prepared!  The flyer for Riverina is here: Riverina Championships 2015

School holiday workshop, in the morning on Saturday September 26th at Nunawading. This will include swordplay for ages 5-10, with parents and older siblings welcome to join in; introduction to fencing for adults and for children aged 10 plus. A flyer can be downloaded here: School holiday & swordplay flyer, August 2015

Congratulations to Phil

Congratulations to Phil for coming 4th in veterans’ epee competition on Sunday.  Great job! – and fantastic to have people out there representing the club at competitions.