What is it?
Our teaching structure is a combination of drilling and free play. A beginner can feel confident that they will not be introduced to any free play (fencing) until they are taught controlled use of the sword, how to defend themselves and feel fully confident.
We encourage people to enjoy themselves whilst developing their “Art of Defence”.
Is it like the fencing in the Olympics?
There are some similarities, but essentially the difference is that Olympic fencing is a sport focussing on speed, technical proficiency and stamina, whilst we study the martial arts that the modern sport evolved from. A key difference for us is that winning must involve surviving the fight, hitting first isn’t enough.
Are there any age limits?
Generally we take students from 16 onwards. We do take younger students but they have to be accompanied by parents for the training sessions. The lower limit is 13 years of age with supervision and there isn’t an upper limit.
Can I come and watch?
You are very welcome to pop in and see what we do on our Monday or Wednesday sessions, or both if you’d like. There is space for spectators to watch and we are most happy to answer any questions you may have.
When is it?
• For longsword and unarmed it is Monday nights. The session is 8pm-10pm, arrive from 7:45pm to get ready. Unfortunately we do not run sessions on bank holidays.
• For broadsword and rapier it is Wednesday nights. The session is 7:30pm-10pm, arrive from 7:15pm to get ready. The regular sessions do not run on the last Wednesday of each even month.
• The SSA close over the yuletide period, usually from mid to late December to early January.
How much does it cost?
The first session is free so you can see if you like us.
After that sessions are £8 each or you can pay for 4 sessions at a discounted price of £27
There is also a yearly membership fee of £10 that covers admin as well as your personal insurance. This is usually paid after you have regularly attended sessions for a month or so.
Where is it?
We are approximately two miles from central Brighton and the main train station. The venue is off of one of the city’s main routes, Edwards street and the full address is
The Manor Gym Manor Road Brighton East Sussex BN2 5EA
How do I get there?
Public transport options to the Manor Gym are Brighton & Hove buses and taxis. The closest bus stops to the venue are ‘St. Mary’s Hall’ and ‘Sussex Square’, both on Edwards Street. Buses that travel that route are the 1, 1A, 7, 14B, 14C, 23, 47 & 52, though it should be noted that drop off and pick up stops may vary. Specifics can be found at the Brighton & Hove bus company web site (http://www.buses.co.uk)
You can drive to the venue but on street parking availability is limited and parking tariffs are in place till 8pm. There are coin operated machines for pay and display tickets or you can pay using the PayByPhone service (http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking/paybyphone-parking).
What do I need to bring?
Initially you just need comfortable, loose fitting clothing. A t-shirt, track suit trousers and training shoes are all you need. We provide the protective equipment and weaponry that is required for beginners.
We also recommend bringing a water bottle.
If I have a medical condition can I join?
Fencing can be strenuous, as much from learning how to use your muscles differently as from the actual practice and sparring. If you have a condition and are unsure if you should try fencing then you should check with your doctor.
When you first attend a session we get you to fill out a form that lists any such issues so we can make sure that we are aware of them and what to do should they manifest in a session.
We have a number of members with such issues and it doesn’t get in the way of their pursuit of fencing. If you are worried then just ask.
We have a number of trained first aiders present at every session.
What about insurance?
We are a martial arts school and as such insurance is a standard part of our setup. We are fully insured as instructors and students for our sessions and your £10 membership fee pays for your insurance for a year. We are insured by
126 Newbridge Lane, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9JA
Tel: 01246 452878 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Number: 32/SZ/17940485/01/ 23162708
Agent: Towergate Underwritten by: Allianz Plc.