Evolution of Fencing | Fencing Week

British Fencing are distributing a series of ‘Road To Rio’ interactive emails. Contact Satish Thakuri (development@britishfencing.com) if you want to be included in the distribution list.  The first issue includes a 2 minute video called ‘Evolution of Fencing’ which is well worth a watch and would be a good introduction to a presentation on the subject of modern fencing.  You’ll need to visit YouTube to view the clip as the IOC has disabled viewing elsewhere, cheers IOC.  However it’s well worth a look.

No. 1 Seed – Boys U13 Foil

Nicholas Williams on medal podium for LPJS competition 21st February 2016

Nicholas Williams (left) wins another medal in LPJS U13 Boys Foil, 21/2/2016.

Nicholas Williams has been the No.1 seeded fencer in the Leon Paul Junior Series Under 13 Boys Foil competition for the whole of the first half of the 2016 season.  Nicholas has a Gold, two Silvers and a Bronze medal included in his current points tally of 103, which is 32 points ahead of his nearest rival and there are c.100 fencers in the ranking table.  The current rankings can be found here.  WELL DONE Nicholas an outstanding achievement and just deserts for all your hard work.

The Art of Foil with Team Italy by Gillette World Sport

Will Godsiff (will.g@diagonal-view.com) contacted me on behalf of Gillette World Sport to tell me about a video (4’27″) they had produced with the gold medal winning Italian Fencing Team discussing the team event at the Olympics.

The video is very professionally put together, consists mainly of pieces to camera and mainly in English, by the fencers plus their national coach.

Piece to camera by Andrea Cassarà, Olympic Champion 2004 & 2012 Team Foil

Contains some very useful insights for all fencers (especially younger ones entering competitions in their first few season) and coaches.

Nice to see a blade manufacturer interested in fencing!  Here’s a link to the video… enjoy and absorb.  Thanks Gillette.

Regards… Pete Ellinger, Coach

Outreach Programme Noted in OFSTED School Report

Sheffield Hallam Fencing Club’s GO/Fence outreach programme to Hallam Primary School is mentioned in the schools recent OFSTED report.

It is recorded that fencing has contributed to ‘a significant impact on pupils’ well-being, their enjoyment of school and their capacity to learn new skills’ and that this is particularly evident for ‘less confident pupils’.  Further evidence that taking up fencing develops more than just the ability to wield a sword.

The club has had extensive opportunities to engage with the school’s pupils over the last few years.  The children have shown great enthusiasm for the sport and the academic staff have been most helpful in facilitating this programme.  Since the report the senior members of the outreach club have started mentoring the new intake for 2013-14 as part of their fencing development… ‘To teach is to learn’, the new members have additional help learning new techniques and the mentors consolidate the understanding of the moves and how to employ them tactically.  Truly a win, win, win  situation!