O.P.S. Epee Club at Home

O.P.S. Epee Club at home

With many weeks of no fencing we can all do things to ensure we are in our best condition and as highly skilled as possible for when the world returns to normal.

Technique Resources

Many of these bladework and footwork techniques will be able to be done indoors at home without the need for lots of space.  Good to keep practice going.

Fencing Technique Sheets – here

Great timing/hand-speed exercise – here (thanks to Keith Cook)

First Target Hitting video ‘Getting Started’ – here

Practice Hitting of Balls Progression – here

Exercise 1 – Direct hitting to target routine. Footwork and with Epeehere

Exercise 2 – Remise/redoubles to hanging football – here

Exercise 3 – Changing target height – Body, Leg, Foot – here

Exercise 4 – Parry-Reposte practice using target and tennis ball on string – here

Exercise 5 – Counter attack in opposition (engagement) using target and tennis ball on string – here

Exercise 6 – Attack in Opposition (engagement) using target and tennis ball on string – here

Exercise 7 – Beat actions using target and tennis ball on string – here

Exercise 8 – Low line parrying and engagements using Fan base and epee/pole – here

Footwork 1 – Improving Stepping and Lunging – here (10 minutes)

Footwork 2 – Improving your Step-Lunges – here (10 minutes)

Fitness Resources –

These fitness sessions can be done indoors at home without the need for lots of space.  Good to keep your fitness levels high.

Fitness target for all (well almost all) – Being able to do at least 10 proper press-ups – I will be adding some advice on progression for press-ups if you currently are unable to perform them.  If you can already do press-ups target to increase how many you can do without stopping and how many you can do in one minute.

Progress to doing your press-ups – here

Fencing Fitness Sheets – here

Mobility Routine – here (BBC)

Quick Core Session – here (BBC)

HIIT Routine – here  (BBC)

Great Balance Workout – here (BBC)

Mobility, Balance & Posture Circuit – here (thanks to Keith Cook)

Sister Club Redhill & Reigate Elite Fencer Fitness & Conditioning (by George Morris)

Elite Athlete 1 – Fencing Strength & Conditioning 1- link (Thanks to George @ Redhill & Reigate)

Elite Athlete 2 – Daily Trunk Conditioning 2 –  link (Thanks to George @ Redhill & Reigate) 

Making your own Hit-Pad/Target –

How to make a basic fencing target – here (facebook video)

How to make a full fencing target – here (facebook video)

Weekly Puzzle / Challenge –  Weekly prize for first Under 14 local fencer to email (on parents email to chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk) with the correct answers of a ‘Free O.P.S. evening club session (in first month of sessions re-starting).

Spot the Difference 1 (28-03-2020) – Winner – Jude Odysseas

Fencing Crossword (05-04-2020) – Winner – Max Carter

Fencing Word-search (14-04-2020) – Winner – Lauren Shaffer

Close up Fencing (20-04-2020) – Winner – Robin Silk

Spot the Difference 2 (27-04-2020) – Winner – Robin Silk

Word Maze (10-05-2020) – Find the route to spell engarde from start to finish without crossing any walls or going through any square more than once.

Page will be updated day by day with more resources.

Stamford Fencing Club

Club sessions have been cancelled following the British Government’s social distancing advice, due to coronavirus outbreak.  Fencers will be informed when the situation changes and club sessions can re-start.

Tuesday Evening

Time – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Venue – Sports Centre, Stamford Endowed School, Conduit Road, Stamford, PE9 1QQ.

No parking for fencers on Conduit Rd or sports centre car park, please park in school car park on other side of East street, cross pedestrian bridge and walk around playing fields to get to centre.

New beginners can only join by attending an ‘Introduction to Fencing’ session which takes place on the first week of the month at one of our sessions.

Fencers can generally arrive and leave at any time within the session to match their schedule, however new beginners in the first few sessions are asked to arrive promptly at 7pm.

This session will usually include approximately a 45 minute coach led warm-up/footwork/bladework session followed by free fencing on the scoring boxes. Fencers can arrive and leave at any time within the session to match their schedule.

Cost – £5 per session

Private lessons – £10 for 15 Minute 1 to 1 lesson

Next Introduction to Fencing Session – Tuesday 5th May 2020 – Contact Chris to book a space.

Level – All fencers attending this session, must have completed an ‘Introduction to Fencing Session’ at this venue or have fenced for 3 months or more (or OK’d by OPS Coach). If you are unsure whether you would be at the correct level or wish to attend an Intro session, please contact Chris – chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk

Further general club information here

Peterborough Fencing Club

Club sessions have been cancelled following the British Government’s social distancing advice, due to coronavirus outbreak.  Fencers will be informed when the situation changes and club sessions can re-start.

No session on Monday 18th May due to School using the hall.

Monday Evening Session (excluding Bank Holiday Mondays) –

Time – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Venue – Sports Centre, The Peterborough School, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6AP.

This session will usually include a 30 minute warm-up/footwork/bladework session followed by free fencing on the scoring boxes. Fencers can arrive and leave at any time within the session to match their schedule.

Cost – £5 per session

Private lessons – £10 for 15 Minute 1 to 1 lesson

Next Introduction to Fencing Session – Monday 1st June 2020

Level – All fencers attending this session, must have completed an ‘Introduction to Fencing Session’ at this venue or have fenced for 3 months or more (or OK’d by OPS Coach). If you are unsure whether you would be at the correct level or wish to attend an Intro session, please contact Chris – chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk

Further general club information here

Oundle Fencing Club

Club sessions have been cancelled following the British Government’s social distancing advice, due to coronavirus outbreak.  Fencers will be informed when the situation changes and club sessions can re-start.

Thursday Evening Session

Cancellation of Thursday Fencing Club sessions at Oundle School Sports Centre.

Extract from message from Oundle School ‘With regard to the Sports Centre we have risk assessed individual activities and have taken the decision to close the Sports Centre and Pool to external users.’

As such there will not be Fencing club at Oundle School on Thursdays until the situation changes.

 

If we have reopened by then, due to exams in hall their will be no club sessions on 21st, 28th May or 4th, 11th June

When – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Where – Oundle School Sports Hall, Milton Rd, Oundle, PE8 4AG – (please keep an eye on venue over exam season as we sometimes have to use other facilities or may have to cancel)

This session will usually include a 30 minute coach led warm-up/footwork/bladework session followed by free fencing on the scoring boxes. Fencers can arrive and leave at any time within the session to match their schedule.

Cost – £5 per session

Private lessons – £10 for 15 Minute 1 to 1 lesson

Next Introduction to Fencing Session – Thursday 2nd April 2020

Level – All fencers attending this session, must have completed an ‘Introduction to Fencing Session’ at this venue or have fenced for 3 months or more (or OK’d by OPS Coach). If you are unsure whether you would be at the correct level or wish to attend an Intro session, please contact Chris – chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk

Further general club information here

 

O.P.S. Epee Club

Club sessions have been cancelled following the British Government’s social distancing advice, due to coronavirus outbreak.  Fencers will be informed when the situation changes and club sessions can re-start.

Club Background

In September 2011 the club was launched at Oundle School with sessions only taking place on Thursday evenings, however following some great successes in 2012 a second night on Monday evenings at The Peterborough School was added in September 2012.

In September 2017 a Stamford session is being started which will run at Stamford school. The club is continuing to flourish and details of our current sessions are detailed on the Individual session Tabs –

General Information

Who – The Club is generally aimed at those of 7/8 years of age (year 4 at schools, but some younger children do attend) and older (fencers attend into their 70s so no limit on upper age) with a full fencing session using Epees.

There can be some flexibility on ages, however please call/get in touch to discuss for younger children as  this younger age-group sometimes struggles with the weight of Epees.

From Summer 2019 we will be rotating our ‘Introduction to Fencing sessions’ between our 3 venues.  As such every month we will run a session at one of our venues (apart from August) and details of where that session will be will be on the Individual venue pages.  As such all of our venues will take on new beginners on 3 or 4 occasions through the year and new beginners need to develop at that venue in the following weeks until it is agreed that they can attend other sessions, as we will be following a skills development syllabus in the weeks following the Intro sessions.

Sessions – Stamford, Oundle & Peterborough

Sessions will consist of approximately 45 minute footwork & technique session run by a coach followed by free fencing on the scoring boxes.  On Introduction to Fencing weeks we run ‘Fight Nights’ for existing fencers where they fence on the boxes whilst the new fencers are Introduced to the sport.

At all sessions (apart from Introduction to Fencing Sessions and fight nights), individual lessons will be available from our club coaches at a cost of £10 for a 15 minute, These will be 1 to 1 lessons.

Beginner Courses/Taster Days – As above we are now generally introducing new fencers to the sport using our Introduction to Fencing sessions.

Lead Coach – The lead coach will be Chris Howser, he is a level 4 Registered British Fencing coach with 20 years of coaching experience which has included coaching British Squad members at European Junior Championships and the England Ladies team to a Commonwealth Silver medal. He has also been coaching a large number of fencers in Surrey (where he recently moved up from) and that group have won numerous British and England titles between them. Chris was a high class international fencer in his own right, having fenced for Great Britain at 5 World Championships and having been Senior Men’s British Champion in 2005. He still competes and is currently both Northamptonshire County and East Midlands Regional Epee Champion as well as still being ranked as a top 20 GB fencer (Jan 2011). Other coaches will be found when the club grows to a point that more staff are required.

Costs of sessions
See individual venue tabs.
Individual lessons within club (15 minute lesson) – £10 per lesson
There will be no joining/annual fee for the club as we encourage fencers to attend when they are able to and annual membership actually discourages occassional fencers from attending the club. Students are more than welcome to come along over holiday perods when they are home and weekly attendance is in no way compulsory.

What you would need to attend in

We will be able to supply the fencing equipment for all beginners and new intermediate fencers to the club (using size 0 or size 2 epees), these fencers would need to come to sessions wearing track-suit bottoms (zipped or closed pockets), t-shirt and trainers (with socks),

Over a period of time we would hope that most regular fencers purchase their own equipment (at least some of it) so the club kit is available for new recruits (great Christmas and Birthday present ideas, see www.bladesbrand.com).

For older fencers (over 14 years old) wishing to fence with full size (size 5) epees, you must wear breeches and you will be able to borrow these (subject to availability) for a short period from the club, however you will be expected to purchase your own breeches very soon after starting regular attendance to the club. For those wishing to use size 5 epees you should attend wearing long socks and shorts under your track-suit bottoms to allow easy changing into breeches.

British Fencing Membership

All those going on to fence at the fencing club (i.e. the full metal fencing) should become members of British Fencing which gives you insurance cover as well as other benefits. Please see www.britishfencing.com for details in their membership section.

Contacts and further information

Club founder – Chris Howser
Email – chrishowser@hotmail.co.uk
Tel – 07887 522714 (best contact times 9am to 11am)

Other points of contact

Child Protection/Welfare Officer & Club Administrator – Jacqui Lever (contact in policy document)

Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy 

Jacqui can talk you through how the club works and how to get involved in the sport.