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11th July - 7th August 2021


Applications for School of English and Culture summer courses for 2021 are now open. If you were previously booked on to a 2020 course and did not ask for your booking to be cancelled, your place is secure and your application can be completed at your earliest convenience.

In the current climate of uncertainty, we realise that circumstances may alter between now and next summer. We will be as flexible as we possibly can if Covid-19 means your plans need to change and you can request a refund at any time up to 30 June 2021 without losing your deposit.

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Fencing for beginners

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

Fencing for beginners

Tutors: Mr Alan Knowles

Weeks: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Course Details

Come and try your hand at fencing, one of the first sports to be played at the modern Olympics. In the age of chivalry, duelling was favoured as a method of settling matters of honour due to its grace and simplicity. These remain two of the most attractive aspects of the sport today. It's also very rewarding, developing all round fitness, flexibility of movement, stamina, mental agility, coordination, balance and self-confidence. Above all, it's great fun!

Course Notes

All students should bring training shoes, tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt (optionally bring a second t-shirt to put on at the end). In addition you should bring a suitable drink and hand towel.


  • Introduction, health and safety, warm up, the en garde position, basic fencing steps, hitting and lunging, a parry and riposte, free play, warm down


  • Recap day 1, warm up, footwork, disengaging and circular/semi-circular parries plus free play and games followed by a warm down.


  • Recap day 2, warm up, footwork, compound attacks and successive parries, refereeing and rules of the game, free play and games, warm down


  • Recap day 3, warm up, footwork, counter attacks and beat attacks, Recap of course, free play and games, warm down.


  • Mini Competition for students with a poule round and direct eliminations.