Taster Sessions for Novices

We’ve had an amazing number of people signing up for taster sessions this year. It’s great to see that so many are interested in joining the club, but we are reaching a point where these sessions are filling up quickly. Please check the list below for times and email fencing [at] imperial dot ac dot uk if you want to join one.

Friday 12th October 6-7pm FULL
Friday 12th October 7-8pm FULL

Friday 19th October 6-7pm FULL
Friday 19th October 7-8pm FULL

Friday 26th October 6-7pm FULL
Friday 26th October 7-8pm FULL

Friday 2nd November 6-7pm FULL CANCELLED
Friday 2nd November 7-8pm FULL CANCELLED

All sessions take place at Ethos Sports Centre (7 Prince Gardens), on the badminton courts. Bring with you sports cloths (tshirt and long tracksuit trousers, not shorts!), trainers and maybe a water bottle. The beginners course will start after the taster sessions, ie 9th November, and if interest is higher than we can deal with then we’ll look in to running one in Spring term as well.

Charlotte Levin
President IC Fencing

Welcome everyone, to another year!

And so we’ve reached that point again. The Fresher’s have arrived, all clubs are gearing up to attract as many people as possible at Fresher’s Fair and the Fencing Club is not different. Last year was a success: we had more novices than ever before trying it out and also staying, our teams had several successes including BUCS Championships gold for the Women’s 1st, bronze for the Men’s 1st and the Women’s 2nd, Men’s 2nd and Men’s 3rd finished 3rd, 2nd and 6th respectively in their leagues, and we took several medals in the BUCS Individual Championships. But most importantly of all: we had a great time!

Another year is coming up, and a few things are changing such as coaches and training hours, but a lot stays the same. We’re looking forward to seeing many, many fresh faces, both those that have fenced before and those that are completely new to the sport. Please come find us at Fresher’s Fair, sneak in to one of our trainings if you’re curious or email (fencing [at] imperial dot ac dot uk) if you want!

I’m definitely looking forward to this year, and I have a feeling that it’s going to be great!

Charlotte
President IC Fencing

BUCS Approaches

So the BUCS national finals approaches and both the men’s and woman’s 1st teams have successfully made it to the semi-finals of the Competition. To be held in Sheffield on Thursday 15th March both teams are hoping to defend their national titles and complete another successful year for Imperial fencing. Recently both teams won their respective premier leagues with a complete set of wins for the womens’ and the men only suffering one defeat (a draw on points with oxford winning on weapons). Now only 2 more matches stand in the way of both teams to repeat last year’s stunning success.

Keep following on twitter here for all the latest results through out the day.

Keep fencing everyone and I hope to completly update the website soon.

Thanks

Loek

Half way through the term

So this website has been active for far too long, which is my (this year’s webmaster) fault. So here’s a quick summary of what has happened so far:

 

The club has had an amazing start, with a lot of freshers turning up. We have a large group of novices staying with us which is amazing, as well as a good group of more experienced fencers joining regularly. The teams are rocking up, the women’s first team standing strong with 4 victories from their first premiership weekend and the women’s second are working hard and have currently lost one match and won one. For the men, the first have yet to wait for their first weekend while the seconds are leading their league with 2 out of 3 victories, and the thirds have fenced two but are still fighting hard to get their first victory.

 

Anyhow, make sure to check in here for recent news about what is happing as well as lesson timetable. Keep turning up, and keep the good spirit!

 

Charlotte

Webmaster and W1st Team Captain

A Word from the President

I discovered fencing in my first year at Imperial.  A friend suggested I tried it out for some fun and a bit of exercise.  In my first session I found some friends, learned some moves and stabbed some people!  So I kept going, and it didn’t take long for it to become my main source of exercise and an outlet for some of the weakly stress that builds up.  I went to competitions with other people of about my skill level, and enjoyed it so much that I decided to get good enough to get on one of the teams, or go to some of the bigger competitions that some of the higher level fencers went to, some of them in locations such as Paris and Malta.

I also enjoyed the social side of the club as I began to spend more time with the members of the club.  What started as chatting in training and a pint afterwards became going out together to bars, joining them in summer training, or just dropping by if I didn’t have anything to do that afternoon.  The fencing club at Imperial is one of the most welcoming and friendly clubs around, and I now regularly spend most of my free time with other members of the club.

That’s not to say that we only cater for beginners in any way.  We have some of the most highly regarded coaches in London teaching every level of fencer, from “never held a sword before” all the way up to international standards.  Many of our fencers compete in National Opens and do rather well in some of them. We also have club members competing at both junior and senior World Cup events.  Then there are our teams, which compete at every level of university fencing, with many of our teams having a good track record.  In fact, both our Men’s and Women’s 1st teams compete in the BUCS Southern Premiership which last year the Women won with the Men coming second. Both teams then went on to take silver medals in the overall championship, the highest ranked university competition.

The Imperial College Fencing Club is a great place for lots of things.  It’s a great place to get some exercise, for meeting new people and having some fun, for learning a mentally and physically stimulating sport, and for getting competitive at fencing.

Hopefully I’ve convinced you that this is the club for you.  If you aren’t sure, come down and give it a try anyway, you’ve got nothing to lose.  See you on the piste!

Jack Patten

President

Imperial College Fencing Club