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Autumn Beginners Course

Fri, 8 Oct 2021
08-10-2021 19:30
26-11-2021 21:15

Learn to Fence

Our courses for beginners (minimum age 8) are led by James Kingston, a qualified British Fencing Association coach registered with England Fencing. The course lasts for 8 weeks and takes place in the new sports centre of Rye St Antony School: see location

An attendee at one of our recent courses commented "We were all instantly welcomed, and each leasson became the highlight of my week, and great value for money ... It was a great introduction to the sport, and I managed to make a lot more progress than I initially predicted, and will definitely be continuing."


COVID Safety

As part of our COVID safety protocols, we must restrict the number of people present in the sports hall. This means that all attendees at a session including parents/guardians must book a place. For this reason, we request that younger fencers bring only one adult with them to a session so that there is sufficient space for everyone else. We will contact you before the course starts to confirm whether this will apply to you.


Fencing courses for Beginners 

When a beginners' course is complete you should be able to compete in a proper fencing bout with your fellow beginners. The weapon used in the beginner’s course is a foil and you can go on to fence with the other weapons; epee and sabre if you decide to continue with the sport. 

Please note that full payment is required before your place can be confirmed. The cost is £110 and includes use of all equipment. 

Please register online, or email beginnersofc@yahoo.com for alternatives. 

Course Dates

The course will run on Friday evenings for 8 weeks. The dates for Autumn 2021 are:

Friday, 8 October 2021
Friday, 15 October 2021
Friday, 22 October 2021
Friday, 29 October 2021
Friday, 5 November 2021
Friday, 12 November 2021
Friday, 19 November 2021
Friday, 26 November 2021
Friday, 3 December 2021 (Pro/Am Competition)

Aims and objectives  of the fencing course for beginners 


At the end of the course the participants will be able to practice the conventions of a match in simulated bouts with other course members. 

They will know sufficient fencing terminology to take individual lessons from a coach and understand help from other experienced fencers within the club. 


  • To be able to adopt the correct 'en garde' position. 
  • To be able to coordinate foot and hand actions to execute a simple attack or a defensive retreat. 
  • To appreciate the idea of 'fencing distance' and be able to maintain it. 
  • To be able to take the 'high line guards' in order to execute a simple parry. 
  • To be able to execute a simple direct riposte following a parry. 
  • To be able to continue a 'simple attack', avoiding the simple parry by the use of disengagement’. 
  • To understand and be able to state the basic rule of 'right of way' for simple attacks and ripostes at foil. 
  • To have experienced supervised bouts with other course members. 
  • To understand the area of the target at foil, piste layout, basic fencing rules and etiquette. 
  • To be familiar with basic piste rules, and the role and powers of the referee. 
  • To have gained experience of simple judging of non-electric bouts. 
  • To have received an introduction to the world of fencing, club, competitions, the various age groups, the various weapons.  
  • To understand that this basic course is an introduction to the world of fencing that can lead,  with more experience and practice, to trying other weapons and fencing with more experienced members of the  club


Registration and payment for the course must be made in advance via this website, or bank transfer (contact us to arrange payment by this method); unfortunately it is not possible to join at the first class of a course. 

What happens after the course? 

If you enjoy the course and you want to continue with the sport, you are welcome to come to the club regularly. We run follow-on courses to teach you further skills, our club coaches are available for individual lessons, and free-fencing is available twice a week. Please visit our membership & fees page for full details of what that entails. Please note that you will need to be a member of British Fencing to fence at OFC (or any fencing club) once you complete a beginner’s course. Details can be found at www.britishfencing.com and the cost of membership starts at £15 per year.

Information that we collect

Any information that you give us will be stored in our online administration system, TidyHQ. You can log in to this service at any time to view or update all the information that we hold about you, and change your communication preferences.   

Required Information

When you join the club, we ask you to provide your name and email address so that we can get in touch with you about events that the club may be running, updates on our club sessions and with other information that may be relevant (e.g. information about competitions, club-branded equipment, or social events). In addition to these details, we also require the name and phone number of someone who we can contact in an emergency.

As part of our support of British Fencing, all members of the club must also be members of British Fencing. For this reason, we ask you to provide your BF membership number.

Course Attendees

In addition to your name and contact information, our public liability insurance policy requires that all course attendees are members of British Fencing. You may join British Fencing for free by visiting https://bf.sport80.com

Optional Information

If you wish to let us know about your address, date of birth, or any medical conditions that you think are relevant, please let us know on the form.

Children’s information

If you are the parent/guardian of a junior member or course attendee, we ask that you provide your email and contact information rather than your child’s. Parents/guardians consent that the club can use any information that they provide about their children for the purposes detailed below. We only ask for your child’s name for the purpose of creating accurate attendee lists for courses, and so that we know who our members are.

How long we keep information for

The information that you provide will be stored on our administration system, which is web-based and used to manage the finances of the club, email information about events and activities within the club, and generate membership and attendance lists. We will keep this information for up to three years after you cease being a member of the club or attend a course, for the purpose of monitoring membership statistics. After that time, we will delete any details that you have provided.

Who can access the information

The information that you provide is only accessible by members of the club committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Safeguarding Officer) and the coaches who teach lessons.

What we use the information for

Personal information that you provide is used for administering your membership of the club (or attendance at a course that we provide). We will use your email address to send you information about club sessions, competitions and events, and social functions, unless you opt out of communications from the club. When you attend one of our beginners’ courses, we are required to ensure that you are a member of British Fencing’s Introductory Membership scheme.

We do not share your personal information with any other third party for any other purpose.

The privacy policy of TidyHQ may be viewed here (https://tidyhq.com/privacy/).

Ticket Type Price
Beginners Course £110.00 Sold out
Rye St. Antony, Franklin Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7SA
Rye St. Antony, Franklin Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7SA

Rye St. Antony School, Franklin Road, Oxford, OX3 7SA, United Kingdom