Learn to Fence

Introduction to fencing

How much fun will you have?

Fencing is an immensly fun sport. Whether you main focus is on fitness, learning new physical skills or immersing yourself in deep mental strategy, you will feel so glad that you took up fencing.


Expect firmer thighs and tighter buttocks. Fencing involves lots of short explosive actions and plenty of cardio work. Expect to burn 400 - 500 calories per hour and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. In the heat of battle, it never feels like hard work. You become so eager to score hits that you donít pay attention to how much exercise you are doing. Lessons are pitched at you own level of fitness so it will be a great workout no matter how fit you currently are.

The mind game

Think of fencing as physical chess. You need to work out your opponentís strengths and weaknesses and use both to your advantage. You will be working out how to control your opponentsí actions and you will be feeding them false information so that they canít control you. There is so much satisfaction to be had from successful laying an intricate trap and suckering your opponent into it.

Co-ordination and balance

Ever felt klutzy? Your co-ordination and body awareness skills will reach new highs. The technical side to fencing lies in the finesse of movement both of you and the pointy end of your sword. You will learn to move as gracefully as a swan, balance like a cat and strike like a cobra.

Get started!

The best way to start fencing is with a 2 hour introductory lesson. To begin with you will learn how to stand, move and attack with good balance and posture. Then, with weapon in hand, you will learn essential finger skills and how to judge the right distance for attacks. Youíll move onto some simple blade actions for attacking and defending and by the end of the session you will be ready for your first fight!

A 2 hour introductory lesson costs £50. All equipment is provided and is included in the price. Wear tracksuit trousers (or leggings), a T-shirt and non-marking trainers. To book, email mark@fencingcoach.com or phone 0141 552 7045.


Is fencing safe?

Yes. We are slightly safer than snooker and slightly more dangerous than table tennis. Bruises are common but we wear those with pride.

Are there local clubs I can join?

Yes, there are a few really good options in Glasgow, each with their own specialities. Iíll be glad to recommend the ones which will suit you best.

What ages do you accept?

7 years old and up. There is no upper age limit.

Do you have disabled access?

Not at my main venue but we can arrange somewhere that does. Glasgow has a strong history of wheelchair fencing.

Do I have to compete?

No. Many fencers love the thrill of tournament but itís not for everyone. We have plenty of Ďsocial fencersí who want to learn the skills, gain the benefits, have a great time but arenít fussed about going to competitions.

How often should I train?

Depends on how impatient you are at getting good. A hardcore competitor might have 4-5 lessons per week plus 3 evenings club training. For most people, 1 one hour lesson per week plus 1-2 club nights per week is normal.

Book your introductory fencing lesson now mark@fencingcoach.com 0141 552 7045