Beginners Course Syllabus

The six-week beginners’ course follows the syllabus:

Aims

  • to introduce complete newcomers to the modern sport of fencing
  • by the end of the course beginners should be able to successfully achieve BFA Foil Level 1
  • to ensure that beginners’ have the knowledge and skills to become full club members
  • to have fun!

Week 1

  • Fencing kit – can dress in plastron, jacket, chest protector, glove, mask
  • Adopt an on-guard position – feet and legs
  • Footwork – advance and retire
  • Grip – hold a foil correctly
  • Parts of a foil – correctly naming all parts of a weapon
  • Etiquette – salute and handshake to coaches and partners
  • Hit a target (glove, mask, person) at riposte distance
  • Lunge from an on-guard position.

Week 2

  • Recap
  • Demonstrate a salute
  • On-guard – correct arm position in sixte
  • Lunge from on-guard
  • Step-lunge
  • Footwork – advance, retire, lunge
  • Simple attacks from sixte – direct, disengage
  • Guards/Parries – quarte and sixte
  • Etiquette – demonstrate proper salute, handshake for the end of a bout.

Week 3

  • Recap
  • Refine footwork
  • Refine guards of sixte and quarte
  • Lunge to hit opponent in sixte and quarte
  • Parry and direct riposte
  • Cut-over attack / parry riposte
  • Counter disengage / parry riposte.

Week 4

  • Recap
  • Low line attacks
  • Semi circular parries – octave and septime
  • Compound attacks high line – one-two and cut-over disengage
  • Judgement of distance – using footwork to avoid attacks (not parrying)
  • Fence a bout – judges etc. salutes and handshakes
  • Understand the layout of a piste.

Week 5

  • Recap
  • Footwork – reprise of attack and balestra-lunge
  • Circular parries of quarte and sixte
  • Doublé attack
  • Compound or successive parries.

Week 6

  • Recap
  • Demonstrate a good fencing stance
  • Be able to retire and advance correctly
  • Lunge correctly and recover
  • Demonstrate guards and 4 simple parries
  • Execute simple attacks
  • Execute a lateral parry and direct riposte
  • Assessment: Level 1 Test/Award.

If you continue fencing, you have the option to compete at local or regional level in fencing tournaments.

Looking to Purchase your own fencing equipment? See our Equipment Guide (pdf document)

More About…

  • 3fold_fencing_050309.pdf – on 13 Mar 2009 05:59 by Sway Fencing (version 1)
    1351k View Download
Advertisements