- 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!
- 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.
- Demonstrate a salute
- On-guard – correct arm position in sixte
- Lunge from on-guard
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Footwork – reprise of attack and balestra-lunge
- Circular parries of quarte and sixte
- Doublé attack
- Compound or successive parries.
- 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.
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