Lockdown Activities

Looks like this could take a while, so here are some fencing activities for you to try while at home!

We have daily 5-min challenges going up on our YouTube account. Here is a link to the first one, you can subscribe to be notified of each update!
https://youtu.be/Zp2YBbx53wU

The Head Coach has also put together some training ideas for our younger fencers.
Sabre Fencing for Kids Playlist

Fencing Wordsearch
Fencing Crossword
Word Jumble

Colouring Sheets –
Wheelchair Fencing
Fencing Worksheet
Olympic Fencing
Musketeers
Daffy Duck
Mouseketeers
Puss in Boots
Barbie
Barbie Musketeers

Term 3 Fencing

We’ve all survived another lock-down! Are you ready to fence?

We’ve received another grant! Many thanks to the Victorian Government and Change Our Game for the Community Activation Grants Round 2.
This grant will enable us to run more introductory classes, targeting young women and girls. There is also provision for more development work for our coaches.

So in term 3 you can look forward to:

Fridays 5pm-6:30pm, U12 Junior Class. Beginners Welcome.
Saturdays 9am, U12 Junior class and 12+ Beginner course starting July 17th.
Mondays 7pm, Women’s Fencing Class. Beginners course starts August 2nd.
Tuesdays 7pm, Beginners Course – TBA.
Thursdays 6pm, Epee at Olinda. Beginners Welcome.

After-School Fencing is Back!

We’ve always struggled to find an appropriate venue to run an after-school class, but patience is a virtue.

We have now secured Friday evenings in the stadium of the Nunawading Community Hub. This is a huge space, easy to access and park, close to the Eastern Freeway, Maroondah Highway, and the Belgrave/Lilydale train line.

So for term 2, starting April 30th, we are excited to offer 2 new classes on Friday nights. Beginners are welcome!

5pm-6:30pm – U13 Fencing. Suitable for ages 7-12.
6:30pm-8pm – U20 Fencing. Ages 12 – 19.

But wait, there’s more!
We’re still spending grant money, and have been able to subsidise these classes to help get them started.
This means you get the whole of term 2, all coaching and equipment provided, for just $120.

Sign up online: https://www.trybooking.com/BQLUN

Learn to Fence, All ages 7+

Easter Training Camp

Boost your fencing skills with our 4-day training camp.

Saturday and Sunday will be in the stadium of the Nunawading Community Hub.
Monday and Tuesday evenings are in our Mitcham venue, the Durkin Hall in St John’s primary school.

This camp is suitable for anyone who enjoys fencing sabre or epee, and wants to do more.

Sign up here: www.trybooking.com/BPMSI
Facebook Event here: www.facebook.com/events/407878550474306

Flyer here:

Saturday 9am-3pm.

Nunawading Community Hub

We start with some warm-up and drills, followed by a short masterclass on sabre refereeing for the sabreurs.
Epeeists will be training with Nick Mihailescu, while the sabreurs move onto the pistes for lots of fencing.
Get to know everyone better over the provided lunch, then take a seat while we talk about analysing your performance in the pools and how to use that to improve your fencing.

Speaking of pools, it’s not part of the camp, but Aqualink Nunawading is 5 mins down Springvale Road.  If you need some aquatic therapy after a hard day of fencing, adults can swim for under $8, kids under $6.
Spa, Sauna and Steam is available for ages 16+ for an extra $5.

 

Sunday 10am-3pm.

Nunawading Community Hub

We’ll start the day with a discussion over your beverage of choice, on planning your training.
Then we split both sabreurs and epeeists into 2 groups, one working with a qualified fitness trainer on their physical conditioning, the other doing technical training with coaches. 
Bring a cut lunch, it’s a busy day.
We finish the day a general Q&A session.
 

Monday 7pm-9pm.

St John’s Primary School, Mitcham

Time to put the weekend training into practice.  Back on the pistes, we’ll be creating some interesting scenarios for you to try and fence. 
 

Tuesday 7pm-9pm.

St John’s Primary School, Mitcham

Can we do an exhaustive DE (Direct elimination for all ranking places) in just 2 hours?  We’re about to find out…

Return To Sport 2 – Revenge of the Sport

We are back!
Or at least, partly back.

Training for U18s resumes on Tuesday November 10th in our usual venue at St Johns primary school at 7pm. We are hoping to welcome back our adult members later in the month.

Thursdays will resume for U18s at 6pm in the Olinda Community Hall from the 12th.

Saturdays resume for U18s at 10:30am on November 14th.
Please note that Saturdays are also at St Johns, 494 Whitehorse Rd Mitcham for the rest of the year. 10:30am-12:30pm only.

E-mails have been sent out with full details and our Covid-safe plans. If you haven’t received them, please get in touch with the committee!

Make sure you bring a face mask if you are aged 12+, water bottle, and your own personal kit (either purchased or hired from the club).
You also need to sign up via Sign-up Genius.

For your easy reference, here are the documents you need to look at before you come back to fencing, and the links to sign up for sessions.

Sign-up Genius Links

This is the link for Tuesdays at Mitchamhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544ada72baafc1-tuesday
This is the link for Saturdays at Mitchamhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544ada72baafc1-tuesday1
This is the link for Thursdays at Olindahttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544ADA72BAAFC1-olinda

Covid-Safe Documents

Return to Play Plan

Covid-Safe Plan for Mitcham

Covid-Safe Principles

Zoom Training Sessions

Sadly we are all still in lock-down and it looks unlikely we’ll be back to normal training sessions before November.

So, we have some Zoom sessions for you to stay in touch and prepare yourself to the eventual return to sport!

Topic: Tuesday U13 Fencing Fitness
Time: 5pm – 5.30 pm, starting Sept 22nd
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89104959098?pwd=dHlCUEd3TENLL2hMeTVqdVNHNUJ5UT09

Topic: Tuesday Open Fencing Fitness
Time: 7pm – 8pm, starting Sep 22
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88019998371?pwd=ck0rSnJBSDdSbU9ybWgvb3lpZ2FSUT09

Topic: Saturday U13 Fencing Fitness
Time: 9am – 9.30am, starting Sep 19
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89442723213?pwd=NHAyYjVlOTRrRjB3NmlnWW50ZjRJQT09

Topic: Saturday Open Fencing Fitness
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm, starting Sep 26
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83077263436?pwd=S1c1c2I5ZTNGVloyK3ZuUlpuVjFzdz09

Please log in about five minutes before your session starts.  There will be time allowed for question and answers after each session.  Wear comfortable clothes and sports shoes.  No fencing blade will be needed, but a tennis ball would be useful.

There will also be worksheets to keep you busy at home between sessions.

60 minute: https://drive.google.com/…/11atcPiDCdihP1IlOp9Fr7J0kCW…

30 minute: https://drive.google.com/…/1ouJIk…

Return To Sport

Fencing is set to return, but with a few changes to the way things work.

As always, we remain committed to supporting our members and keeping the financial barrier to entry in our sport as low as possible. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, or find anything in the new procedures to be a problem, please talk to us!

Start Dates

Mitcham – Tuesday June 23rd, 7pm-9pm.
Nunawading – Saturday June 27th, 10am-12pm
Olinda – Term 3 July 16th, TBC

Note that we are starting with holiday timetable. Regular classes resume in Term 3.

Membership Payments

Membership payments will resume from July / Q3.
All members are welcome to join the two June sessions at no charge (but remember to tell us you are coming!)

Members who pay annually will be contacted by the treasurer to discuss reimbursement for Q2.

Limits on Class Sizes

Initially we are limited to groups of 10, and a maximum of 20 people in the venue.

We don’t expect this to be an issue during the first few weeks, but to make sure no one is left out in the cold we will be asking fencers to pre-register online.
Arrangements for Term 3 will be confirmed closer to time.

This is the sign up link for Tuesday night sabrehttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544ada72baafc1-tuesday

This is the link for Saturday morning epee and sabre:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050544ada72baafc1-tuesday1

We also ask parents not to stay in the venue during classes if possible. Again, we know most of you appreciate the chance to grab a coffee or do some shopping while the kids fence, so this shouldn’t too hard to achieve.

There will social distancing and cleaning procedures, which the coaches will walk you through when you arrive at the venue.

Equipment – No Sharing!

Our biggest change for the post-COVID era is that we can no longer allow sharing of masks, jackets and gloves. It is recommended that all fencers purchase their own complete set of kit.
Club masks, jackets and gloves will be made available for hire for those who cannot purchase their own, but sizes and quantity are limited. We will also do our best to source 2nd hand equipment for people.

We will continue to provide chest plates, bodywires, and weapons. They will need to be cleaned after use, by the person who used them. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitiser will be provided.

The coaches kit will be reserved for use by Beginners, and no longer available for casual use. We will only be able to cater for beginners at specified beginner sessions, so that borrowed kit can be monitored and cleaned appropriately.
(Sorry, no bring-a-friend days for a while!)

Club Merchandise

Need to update your wardrobe?
We are putting in a clothing order, so send in your orders for Hoodies, Jackets, T-shirts etc for delivery at fencing.
We also have shiny new water bottles for sale!

Term 3 Fencing

Welcome to term 3, and fencing in the Covid-19 era!

Important things to remember:
Book you place
No equipment sharing!
Arrive on time
Use the hand sanitiser when you arrive
Maintain social distance
Stick to your training group – including the bags!
Depart promptly at the end of your session
Use the sanitiser again on your way out

New Members

We are able to accept beginner members in the following groups:
Saturday U12. 9:30-10:30am, starting July 18th.
Monday Beginner Class, Teens & Adults. 7pm-8:30, stating July 20th
Tuesday U11. 7:30-8:30, starting July 14th.

We are also taking expressions of interest for an U8 class earlier on Tuesdays.

Term 3 Timetable

The timetable is a work in progress, and will be updated depending on numbers enrolled and current restrictions.

Saturday

9am – Doors Open
9:15 – 9:30, U12 Fencing Class Arrives
9:45 – 10am, Epee Squad Arrives
10:15 – 10:30, U12 Fencing Class Departs
10:30 – 10:45, U15 Squad Arrives
10:45 – 11:00, Senior Squad Arrives
12:15 – 12:30pm, Epee Squad Departs
12:30-12:45, U15 Squad Departs
12:45 – 1pm, Senior Squad Departs

Monday

6:50 – 7pm, doors open, Beginner Class Arrives
7pm – 7:15, Mixed Squad Arrives
8:20 – 8:30, Beginner Class Departs
8:30 – 8:45, Mixed Squad Departs

Tuesdays

6:50 – 7pm, Junior Squad Arrive
7pm – 7:10pm, Senior Squad Arrive
8:15 – 8:30pm, Junior Squad Depart
9pm-9:15pm, Senior Squad Depart

Lock-Down!

Melbourne is returning to Stage 3 lock-down, so no more fencing. At this stage we are looking at 6 weeks break, but as always we shall keep you posted on further developments.

There will no fencing tonight (Tuesday July 7th).

Membership payments are back on hold.
You can still order club merchandise for when you return.
If you have borrowed club equipment, keep it safe until we return.

Stay home, stay safe, practice your footwork.

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!
https://youtu.be/zp554iiqAbU


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 🙂

www.facebook.com/clubschermapisa/videos/

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.
https://youtu.be/ezoZfZK75zA


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?