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Thanks to an introduction via Active Sheffield, we’ve just been invited to run sessions at a new venue, Silverdale School, Ecclesall, Sheffield on Thursday evenings 6PM to 7:30PM.  Bit of an experiment having sessions so close to High Storrs School but it will give those who are keen and free at both times a good opportunity to train two times a week.

When I’d had passed the beginner stage of fencing I managed to go to multiple sessions per week and it really helped my fencing develop at a rapid rate.  It also introduce me to a whole new range of people to fence which was interesting and was a stepping stone to starting competition fencing.

Hope this opportunity to help develop fencing skills more rapidly is taken up by club members and anyone else interested. The new sessions start on 1st November 2012. Price to be £3 per session, all kit provided. Please contact Pete Ellinger to book a place. Visit the Contact page for telephone number and email details.

Odd Facts About Fencing

While researching content for this web site I came across the following fencing facts which I’d like to share with you:

  1. Today fencing is practised in around 43,000 clubs in over 140 countries by more than 1.5 million people – half in Europe, 35% in America, 10% in Asia and 5% in Africa.
  2. What kids think about the sport: “Fencing is cool, because there aren’t any balls, nets, or goals. It’s just you, your foil, and the other guy”.
  3. Fencing is known for being the only combat sport with no weight classes.
  4. The world’s oldest fencing club is the Confrérie de Saint-Michel, which was established in 1613 in Ghent, Belgium. That’s about 250 years older than the world’s oldest football clubs: Sheffield F.C. (1857), Hallam F.C. (1860) and Worksop Town F.C. (1861).
  5. At least one ancient Egyptian temple features a painting of a fencing match. The painting dates from 1190 B.C..
  6. Fencing is one of only four sports to be included in every modern Olympic Games since they started in 1896.
  7. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games was a fencer.
  8. The only person in any sport to win Olympic gold medals at six consecutive Games was the Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich. He won them in the sabre team event from 1932 to 1960.
  9. In 1948 Sir Ludwig Guttmann organised the first Stoke Mandeville Games for disabled World War II veterans. Fencing was included in 1954. By 1960 these games had developed into the Paralympic Games which were held straight after the Olympic Games in Rome.
  10. Sir Ludwig Guttmann, father of the modern Paralympic Games, was a fencer.
  11. More famous fencers are:
    1. Angelina Jolie, singer (Foil)
    2. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (Foil)
    3. Tom Cruise, actor (Foil?)
    4. Prince Albert of Monaco (Sabre)
    5. Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden (Foil)
    6. Gen. George Patton (Epee/Modern Pentathlon)
    7. Winston Churchill (Foil)
    8. Rene Descartes, philosopher (fencing master)
    9. Karl Marx, political theorist (Foil)
    10. William Shakespeare (skilled stage fencing master)
  12. Why is it called fencing? The word ‘fence’ was originally a shortening of the Middle English ‘defens’, that came from an Italian word, ‘defensio’, in origin a Latin word. The first known use of defens in reference to English swordsmanship is in William Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor: ‘Alas sir, I cannot fence.’.

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