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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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 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.
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!)
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!
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
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.
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”.
Thursday would normally be epee at Olinda. Here is something fun for the epeeists.
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 🙂
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.
“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.
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.
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.