Monday, 20 December 2010
No need to text or email, just turn up at the Junior School Hall at 10am.
There will be sessions on fitness, performance, foil, epee, individual lessons and fun stuff.
We will finish at 5pm in the Sports Centre.
Packed lunch needed.
Cost for the day is £20.
Note: if the weather gets worse I will post here by 8am on Wednesday only if the course is cancelled.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Next session Wednesday 22nd December 10am to 5pm at the Junior School hall (finishing in the Eric Liddell Sports Centre).
No fencing on Boxing Day.
2nd Jan fencing in the Eric Liddell 10am to 2pm
9th Jan till March Sunday training will be in the Junior School Hall with revised times (to follow).
Meal postponed to January.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Back in November I highlighted Jon Rhode's Smarter Goals Can Increase Performance article on the HighPerformance.Pro web site. It was insightful, and of use to parents as well as fencers. Jon's just published a new article entitled Periodisation – Intelligent Training. The article describes how to structure your training. Jon discusses how he goes about preparing a training plan for his clients, taking account of competitive events across the year, and creating cyclical activities of varying duration: macrocycles, mesocycles and microcycles.
This article helps ECfencers understand how Jon plans ECfencing activities across the fencing year, but also helps active parents think about their own training plans.
Monday, 6 December 2010
I went to the fencing World Championships in Paris as the Dutch foil coach.
In practice this meant that I was coaching 1 fencer, Sebastiaan Borst, who is a good friend and used to be my sparring partner when I was fencing in Holland. We used to go to the World Cups together and used to coach each other there. In the last two years I have been coaching him more and more at tournaments and I think we make a good combination.
The tournament for men's foil started on 4th November in a big sports hall called “Stade the Carpentier”. There were 159 competitors from all over the world.
The way they work with these tournaments is that the first 16 of the tournaments ranking list are immediately qualified for the main tournament (last 64-phase). Usually at the World Championships the first 16 of the tournament ranking list are the same names as the first 16 on the world ranking list, because everybody is present. Unfortunately for Britain Richard Kruse (world ranked number 4 at that moment) could not be there due to an injury.
Because the first 16 are already qualified for the final tournament phase the rest of the fencers have to fight for the remaining 48 places. The procedure is then to draw poules and after that eliminations till you reach that number of 48 remaining fencers. It pays to win all your poule fights, because the best 16 fencers after the poules are also immediately qualified for the last 64-phase. 20 percent of the field is eliminated after the poules. This usually means you have to win at least two fights in a poule of 7 and score a good number of hits in the fights you lost. After the poules they do eliminations till they have another 32 fencers to complete the schedule for the last 64 phase.
It was good to see that besides the traditionally strong countries like Italy, France, Russia, China etc. "new" fencing countries like Colombia, Thailand and Turkey were also present with surprisingly strong fencers.
Sebastiaan won 4 matches in his first pool, which ensured him qualification after the poules and a bye for the first elimination. So he was only 1 fight away from qualifying for the last 64 -phase.
He had to eliminate against a very strong fencer from Venezuela. Antonio Leal is world ranked 33 and the winner of the Pan-American Championships 2010. This is the equivalent of the European Championships for the North, Central and South American zone.
Leal is a very quick attacking fencer with a lot of energy and stamina. We went for a defensive tactic since this is already one of Sebastiaan strong points and it had worked quite well in the poule. The first 3 minutes were equal and ended in a 5-4 lead for Leal. In the second period Sebastiaan fenced really well. Good distance control, footwork, parry-ripostes and attacks on preparation made him win the fight comfortably with 15-8. So he was qualified for the second day.
This phase of the tournament was held 3 days later in the Grand Palais on the Champs Elysees central Paris. A fantastic location! Not a sports hall but a beautiful palace hall with amazing natural daylight coming through the many glass windows. In fact the whole palace is an amazing building made of steel, stone and glass.
Sebastiaan had to fence the number 14 of the world and the current number 3 of the last European Championships, the Russian Renal Ganeev.
Again we went for a defensive tactic, because Sebastiaan fenced a lot better defensively than offensively. It was a nerve racking slow scoring match, since Ganeev also went for a defensive tactic. Ganeev was from the beginning leading a two point difference. With only 45 seconds to go in the last period Ganeev scored 10-7. Sebastiaan did not give up and slowly clawed back two points. With only 6 seconds to go he made a very good compound attack only to miss his opponent’s jacket by an inch. One could almost hear the foil tip scratch over the Russian's lame. But the light did not go up...
Since they were standing in a short distance deadlock precious seconds ticked away. The fight was only halted with 2 seconds remaining. This was simply not enough time to surprise the experienced Russian who smartly backed away..
The 10-9 loss gave us a bitter taste, because Sebastiaan was so close. But in all honestly he had fought very well and these sort of bouts can go both ways.
The four English foil fencers had all made it to the last 64, but were all sadly also eliminated in their first fights.
Rhys Melia lost 15-4 to Yuki Ota (Japan), Jamie Kember lost to Gerek Meinhardt (USA) 15-10, Laurence Halsted lost 11-12 to Maor Hatoel (Israel) and Edward Jefferies did not fence his fight due to food poisoning.
Maybe disappointing but nothing to be ashamed of if you see how their opponents all ended in the final ranking; Ota 3rd, Meinhardt 3rd and Hatoel 8.
We stayed to watch the finals and saw some amazing fencing. The semi-final between the technically almost perfect fencers Yuki Ota from Japan and Sheng Lei from China was an amazing display of skills. The man of the day was the German fencer Peter Joppich who had escaped a few very close fights on his way to the final where he, for the fourth time in his life, won the world title. Mentally Peter Joppich is one of the strongest fencers I have ever seen.
It was a very good experience and hopefully next time Sebastiaan will do even better.
Chris Galesloot, ECfencing Foil Coach
Monday, 29 November 2010
Here is a quick review of some good iPhone (and iPod touch) apps for fencing on the app store.
This app is a score counter to be used during a match. It has a lovely interface, smooth graphics and cool sound effects. It doesn't have all the features of a paid app such as a pool sheet and it took me a minute to work out how to change the names of fencers from the standard left and right, but considering it's priced at nothing it's definitely worth getting if you don't want to pay. (7/10, A solid app, but lacking some features of the paid ones.)
This app isn't quite as smooth as its rival Fence. It doesn't have any features such as saving bouts and naming fencers, and the graphics are pretty poor. It looks as if the buttons have been copied and pasted off the Internet and it makes a weird sound when you tap them. This app has been put together shoddily and I wouldn't recommend it if you are going to go with a free app. (5/10, Functional, but not extensive or pretty)
This app is a really, really good way of keeping score in fencing. Whereas the others are all more of novelties than actually useful apps, this one really does make refereeing bouts easier. You can make pools of up to 8 fencers in the program itself and name the fencers in the pool. It then automatically sequences the bouts and takes you to the scoring screen with the names of the fencers on the top and the ability to switch the sides they are on to avoid confusion. If you double tap the time in the middle the start/stop button enlarges to make it easier to stop quickly and the buttons are very quick and responsive. There are shortcuts to different times on the clock and it also has an injury time clock. Hopefully you won't need to use them, but it also includes cards, so no more fumbling around in your pocket. (9.8/10, Really great, but support for odd numbers and more people in the pools would certainly be nice)
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Junior School fencers fininh at 1pm (or anytime until 2pm if they want to practice).
Senior School fencers to finish at 2pm.
All fencers will recieve an individual lesson every week.
Fencers to bring water, snack bar and training diaries.
9.50am Fencers arrive
10.00am Senior fencers – S&C in gym (JR)
10.00am Junior Fencers - warm up game / fitness in hall (TOC)
10.30am Footwork (CG and TOC)
11.00am Group work - weapon groups, performance, fitness etc (CG KD TOC JR)
12.30pm Team talk
12.40pm Individual Junior lesson lead by senior fencers
1.00pm Individual Senior lesson lead by coach & free fencing (CG TOC KD EG)
This is a 3 weapon competition and entrants must be over 14 years* and be full time in senior school, (*i.e. not be eligible to enter the U14 event in May).
Entry to the competition is through www.kentfencing.org.uk.
Young Official Piste Assistants Award
For Senior School ECfencers we are running the Young Official Piste Assistants Award during the competition which includes scoring, timekeeping, writing pool sheets and assisting the referees and competition organisers.
We won’t be able to accept non-ECfencers for this award but hopefully we will be able to in the future.
Cost for course is £5 (cheques only please payable to British Fencing).
Please contact Tim if you wish to enrol your son for the award.
Parents needed to help
ECfencing parents will be needed to help with setting up, providing hot and cold refreshments throughout the day and generally marshalling the event.
Please contact Tim if you can help on the day.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
My son trains 3 times a week – is this enough?
YES! There are two prominent ways a fencer drops out – injury from overtraining and/or burnout. Twice a week is perfect for fencing training for children in the junior school (U11). In the senior school we aim for three times per week. We hope the fencers play other sports too. Being a multi-sports player will help with coordination, physiological development and athleticism.
Will my son develop a big front leg and forearm from fencing?
Fencing is an “asymmetric” sport and there may be muscular developments on prominent sides. However this is due to incorrect training. Our aim is not just to make your children into fencers, but we aim to make your children into athletes first. We recommend your children play other sports too – swimming is probably best to physiologically develop.
My son doesn’t eat or drink during competitions – is that normal?
Yes, very normal but don’t panic! Eating small amounts will help with energy levels – but remember that there is enough energy (fat/carbs/protein) in your body to run a marathon without eating for around 2 weeks!!! The most important factor is HYDRATION. A 2% (per Kg of body weight) loss of sweat will result in a decrease in performance. A sports drink will have carbohydrates inside; so will provide as much energy as a sandwich. As you are fully aware, fencing clothes SMELL – and children will often lose (around) 1 litre per HOUR! The best investment you will ever make is to buy your child a water bottle, saving £1000’s per year.
Will caffeine help my child?
Caffeine is a stimulant so will provide some benefits to fencing. Red Bull contains Tourine which is currently on the banned substance list, thus cannot be taken for sport – although it is very unlikely your child will be tested for drugs unless they win an International event. I always try to ensure our fencers train like they compete so the best way to equip a lunch box is to just keep doing what you are doing – ensuring there is a water bottle present.
Which fencing shoes are the best?
Whilst Psycho wears Hi-Tech squash shoes with lots of grip when doing footwork, Trout wears Nike Ballestras which provides stability when recovering. Elf has recently been wearing Adidas D’Artagnan which are specialised for lunging and Rabbit wears New Balance trainers which he assures me are very comfortable! I didn’t know the answer to this question so I asked an expert! I have been informed that it is best for “youngsters” (U21) to wear a shoe that has lots of grip for lunging and recovery during footwork. “In the 16 years I have been fencing the best shoe is the AdiStar which provides sufficient grip and is comfortable”. At the time, the World top 10 fencer was wearing the Leon Paul Hi-Tech Scimitar shoe on his front foot and an Adidas AdiStar shoe on his back foot. I asked him “was it dark when you got up this morning?” and he replied, “I slide my back-foot and the AdiStar allows me to do so effectively…the Leon Paul provides grip when I explode into a lunge”. The solution may be to wear odd shoes, but for our fencers it’s best to go for grip!
My child gets nervous before he competes, how can I control this?
Nerves are good! Butterflies are a physiological indication that you are going to have to behave in a certain way – this will allow the fencer to prepare for performance. However, as all psychologists know, too much anxiety can be perceived as a “catrastrophy to performance”. The parent and coach are performers too – let me explain. If you panic over your child they will panic too – “mirroring”! If you are calm they will mirror you and their anxiety will drop. It is the parents/coaches Performance that impacts on the fencer. It is the job of the sport psychology consultant – me – to provide your child with tools to deal with anxiety and maintaining focus. Excellent ways of controlling nerves are music, positive self-talk, imagery, performance routines, goal setting and training diaries – all of which your child knows about.
What age should my child be going to the gym?
Every week EC Fencing dedicates 20 minutes to technique development. We practice back squats, front squats, overhead squats, lunges, scapular retraction, PNF stretching and plyometrics. It is our aim to make your children athletes, not just fencers! These exercises are completed with no weights. It is most beneficial for children to start weight training after puberty to ensure bone growth is maximised. Cardiovascular exercises can be completed throughout childhood and we provide an intense cardio workout during Sunday training. Plyometrics are completed on rubber/spring flooring and kept to 50 bounds per training session – although fencing is a plyometrics exercise.
Please leave comments below if you would like other questions discussed.
Monday, 15 November 2010
The HighPerformance.Pro web site (operated in part by coaches Jon and Katie) has a great series of articles about sport psychology methods that can be used to optimise performance (in and out of sport).The first article is entitled Smarter Goals Can Increase Performance
Monday, 8 November 2010
I recently got a phone that uses Google Android (it's an LG Optimus GT540). It's a good phone, but more interestingly there are a lot of apps available to run on Android, so I thought I'd have a look for some fencing-related apps. I went to Android Market on my phone and searched for fencing. Two apps caught my eye: Fencing ScoreKeeper and Riposte. So I downloaded them and gave them a try. Here are my findings and recommendations.
When you initially load it up it will bombard you with an ad for the full version with extra features and afterwards it will be equally irritating for your eyes because of the large bright green digital numbers and a painter's pallet of penalty card buttons.
It’s nice and easy to use, with no instructions needed and gives you all the information you need in that soothing shade of fluorescent green. Some of the buttons do seem a little small but are remarkably easy to use. Unfortunately however, the score only goes up to five without paying $3 for an upgrade which is just a hassle.
You can read more about Fencing ScoreKeeper on the authors' web site (42solutions).
Overall it does everything you need, it’s just a bit in-your-face sometimes and doesn’t allow you to do direct elimination fights although you could do some improvisation, again its just a hassle.
Although when you load it up it also gives you a message, it gives some instructions on how to use it instead which is helpful because this app is a little more complicated.
Again, it is actually quite simple to use although you do need to read the message to know how to lower the score (press and hold the fencer’s score you want to lower), determine priority and start a new bout. The display has a black background which is a bit boring but definitely an improvement and the features have ample room and clear font which is easy on the eyes. To get to some features you need to press the options menu button on your phone (on my phone it looks a bit like a square) to open a menu which lets you start a new round and also has a settings page which lets you change sounds, vibrations etc. Sadly you can’t change the period and like Scorekeeper the score only goes up to 5. Unfortunately, there isn't an upgrade to up the score.
I did try some other apps such as Masque Mobile and Arbitroid but didn't like any of them for the following reasons. Fencing Score and Masque Mobile both had to be paid for which is understandable (everyone has to make money) but simply can't compare to an app that is free! Although Arbitroid was free I just didn't like the layout and found it a little clunky and difficult.
The Case of the Disappearing App
I have heard reports that Riposte is no longer on the Android marketplace but I have checked and it is, so you can put down your binoculars.
Overall, Riposte is very easy to understand, has more features and is quite attractive and so definitely gets my recommendation.
Monday, 1 November 2010
During October half term Elliott Grover passed the Level 1 Coaching Awards in both foil and epee.
The Eltham coaches and fencers are all very proud of his achievement and look forward to Elliott developing our fencers as he takes on his new role.
Elliott started fencing at 10 years old when fencing was re-introduced to the school and he quickly became hooked with the sport.
His pro-active attitude and high level of commitment has been an inspiration from the start and has been the secret behind the success of the teams continued development. It is fair to say that the team has grown up with Elliott.
There is probably not a single fencer or coach at Eltham who hasn’t benefitted from Elliott’s advice, whether at training or at competition.
Elliott, who is currently ranked 52nd in epee in Great Britain, has assisted with coaching the younger fencers at the school for the past 4 years and is also a level 1 epee referee and has passed 2 modules of the Journeyman Armourers award. He is now the youngest teacher on the school payroll!
Ells hasn’t forgotten that he is a fencer first; he still trains hard and competes in Cadet, Junior & Open competitions.
Pictures from the coaching course are here.
“British Fencing is pleased to announce that it has appointed Katie Dolan as Events Coordinator.
Katie will be responsible for supporting a range of events, inlcuding the National Academy and our domestic and international competition programme. Katie will also work to support the Competitions and Calendars Committee, currently being recruited.”
Well done Katie from everyone at ECfencing!
Monday, 18 October 2010
To date, the Members area has been under-used. Tim and I hope to make greater use of it in the coming months; however, a small test by Tim last week revealed that some advice on members' options settings would be useful.
When you become a member, your default settings will specify that you wish to receive an email every time there's an update in the members area. When the volume of traffic is low this isn't an issue, but last week showed that it may not be the best setting for those who don't want to be involved in interactive conversations by email!
I recommend that you log-in to the Members area, click Edit My Membership over the right-hand side, and change the "How do you want to read this group?" setting to the "Abridged Email" or "Digest Email" settings.
If you have any questions, don't be afraid to email me. I'm happy to help.
I've been a bit lax with web site maintenance lately. I apologise.
However, I've just caught up with a number of outstanding items and I thought you might be interested to know...
-- The competition results page is now up-to-date
-- The gallery page now shows our latest video and a link to our YouTube channel. And Tim has added a number of new albums
-- The contacts page now shows Chris G's fencing CV and will soon show similar information for our other coaches. This will help you to see the quality of the team that Tim has created
-- Too late for a separate post now (sorry Claire, entirely my fault), Matt Tuck (Lemming and Crumb's Dad) ran in the London Parks Half-marathon last Sunday and recorded a very creditable time of 2hrs 13mins. He was running in aid of Bowel Cancer research (a charity particularly dear to Matt's heart, as he lost his dad to bowel cancer in 2004). If you would like to support him, visit Matt's JustGiving page
-- And I should add that Mary has been busy updating the diary with upcoming events. Fencing is a competitive sport... make sure you're keeping up-to-date with upcoming events and getting your entries in on time! If you have ideas on how this process can be made easier for you (without actually doing it for you) please let Mary know at Competitions@ECfencing.org.
-- And finally, if you haven't already seen or heard, the London 2012 Olympic Games ticket prices have been revealed. In addition to the pricing details, you can view the draft competition schedule on the London 2012 web site. The draft schedule shows fencing at Excel between Saturday July 28th and Sunday 5th August 2012.
Enjoy your half-term break.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
Understand the importance of a planned routine to prepare for competition.
Understand how to make a game plan to approach each opponent and how to alter the plan during combat.
Understand how to analyse their opponents.
Have improved their footwork.
Have improved their fitness and stamina.
Have improved their strength and conditioning.
Understand how teamwork can help improve all our fencers ability.
Understand the value of training diaries.
Can carry out repairs and maintenance on their weapons.
Have improved close quarter combat, flèche attacks and pronated parries.
Have proved once again that they are worthy of the time and effort needed by the coaches to help them succeed.
Some pictures from the week are here.
Also a preview copy of the video shown on the last day recapping the week is here. Copies are available (at a cost) on request, together with the portrait photos taken by Fergus and Robin.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
|Jordan and Ells (yes, Tim takes much better pictures than me!)|
Three club fencers were competing this weekend, in two separate locations.
Jordan Ratcliffe and Elliot Grover were in Hampton at the British Selection Circuit event for epee. This was a combined U17 and U20 event, so a tough step up for Jordan and Ells. Both fencers put on a good showing in the poules. With 78 entrants, Jordan was seeded 76= and Ells a fantastic 52. Sadly, these two seedings resulted in the Eltham fencers facing each other in the first round! Ells won the intra-Eltham match 15-9 and faced the 13 seed (Dixon) in the 2nd round. Sadly, Ells lost this match 7-15. All-in-all, both fencers did very well against much older competition. [Update: Results are now on Kate Smith's web site]
Meanwhile, Adam Aspden (supported by Jon Rhodes) was competing in the London Foil at Brunel University. It too was an under 20 event with some of the top ranked fencers in the country competing. He fenced very well, and was one of the youngest (and shortest!) competitors there. Despite winning only one of his poule fights the rest were close fought matches. Although he did not make the DE (missing out on it by 3 hits) he gained valuable experience. [Update: Results are now on the London Foil web site]
Adam is hoping to build on that experience when he fights at the Manchester Cadet Foil event next weekend, and so are Jordan and Ells who are competing in the ManCad Epee next weekend.
Monday, 23 August 2010
Next Sunday (29th) sees coaching revert to the Eric Liddell Sports Hall. Sunday coaching will no longer be held in the Junior School Hall. You will recall that coaching sessions were temporarily moved to the Junior School Hall whilst a new floor was laid in the Eric Liddell Sports Hall.
This coincides with the introduction of a new, fixed message box on the ECfencing web site that highlights the location of Sunday coaching sessions. You'll see this in the left margin, near the top of the web site. Tim and I will work hard to keep this correct and accurate at all times. The new message is in response to suggestions from parents at the recent picnic. Thanks for the suggestion folks!
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Fergus Noone will be joining us on Wednesday to take photos of the fencers.
Please bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Also two pairs of trainers, one for fencing and one for outside.
Fencers already using training diaries should bring those also.
Please do not bring iTouch, DS or similar! You won't have time to play on them.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
There is parking at Stratford Shopping Centre next to the rail station.
Some of us are travelling from Lewisham Station; if you want to go with us meet at the DLR platform at 8.30am.
We will be returning to Stratford approximately 11.30am.
Only people already signed up can attend.
Everyone MUST bring photo ID or you will not be allowed to go.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Per my original note wherein I said I'd put a note on the web site prior to midday, the weather looks like it'll be kind to us. The picnic will definitely go ahead.
The boys will finish fencing at 1pm and the picnic will commence immediately after. I suggest we collect together at about 1:15pm for any announcements that may be appropriate.
Monday, 2 August 2010
With fingers crossed for the weather, we're all set for the picnic next Sunday (8th, see previous post).
Many people are still on holiday, so it won't over-subscribed. We'll get some table and chairs arranged. Please bring your food and drink (of your own choice), but be prepared to share.
Families very welcome. It kicks off at 1pm. Water pistol fight soon after.
See you there
Our fencers that took part in the games; Jordan, Adam A, Adam W, Harry C and Andrew have been invited to the Great Hall at Bromley Civic Centre to celebrate the victory.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Well done to Katie for her 3rd place representing Salle Lawrence in the Women’s Epee Team event and to Chris for his 3rd place representing Salle Boston in the Men’s Foil Team event.
Also congratulations to Ells and Jordan for their 5th place victory playing “Deadstorm Pirates” video game before the £1 coins ran out.
Pictured are Ells and Jordan with Jon Willis (British Epee Champion), Chris fencing on the right and finally Katie fencing on the left (pictures may be in a different order depending on your browser).
Friday, 23 July 2010
There is no training this Sunday (25th July). Katie and Chris are competing at the GB National Championships in Sheffield. Tim and Jon (and Elf & Rabbit) are cheering them on.
Normal service resumed next weekend - Sunday 1st August
We didn't have an end-of-term meal, so we're organising a simple, informal picnic to be held at the junior school at 1pm after fencing on Sunday 8th August. Weather permitting! All ECfencing members and their families are very welcome.
It'll be a "bring your own" affair, but we'll try to organise a list of things for the fencers to bring so we don't end-up with 200 sausage rolls and no drinks!
Hopefully the weather will be fine. We'll make a judgement on the day. If we need to cancel then we'll put a note on the web site prior to midday.
Monday, 5 July 2010
On Sunday 4th July we hosted the second Bromley Schools Challenge and once again it was a great success. Well done to all the fencers that took part. Special mention goes to James Marsden who won Bronze in the strongest age group in his first competition.
In addition to our 10 fencers we also had 12 referees and helpers as well as parents manning the refreshment stall and check in desk. Thank you to everyone involved for making it a fun days fencing. for Some photos of the event are here.
U/10 Boys (Yr 2 - 4)
1st Fergus James ELTHAM COLLEGE
2nd Michael Burda ELTHAM COLLEGE
3rd Alex Griffiths BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
3rd Max Otoro Hopkins VIRGO FIDELIS
5th Ethan Wells ELTHAM COLLEGE
6th Ellis Tanner BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
7th Zaki Boudjemaa ELTHAM COLLEGE
8th Joel Paisley BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
U/12 Boys Yr 5 – 7)
1st Ben Dines ELTHAM COLLEGE
2nd Luke Wells ELTHAM COLLEGE
3rd James Marsden ELTHAM COLLEGE
3rd George Garton ELTHAM COLLEGE
5th Oakley Hill-Smith ELTHAM COLLEGE
6th Luca Elkouby VIRGO FIDELIS
7th Jelani Bryan VIRGO FIDELIS
8th Sam Xavier SCOTT’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
9th Thomas Finan BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
10th Adam Khair PARISH PRIMARY SCHOOL
11th James Millican ST. CHRISTOPHER’S SCHOOL
12th Deniz Ali SCOTT’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
13th John Concagh VIRGO FIDELIS
14th Christian Mitchell ELTHAM COLLEGE
15th Vishnu Dhir ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL
16th Stephan Petchev BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
17th Luke Fiorini PARISH PRIMARY SCHOOL
U/10 Girls (Yr 2 - 4)
1st Hannah Macaulay BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
2nd Erin Ludlum BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
3rd Emma Cogni BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
3rd Rachel Paisley BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
5th Beth Woolaway BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
6th Zara Kurt Elli BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
7th Olivia Young BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
8th Alexia Ts BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL
U/12 Girls (Yr 5 - 7)
1st Kathryn Heaton LANGLEY PARK GIRLS SCHOOL
2nd Kaylin Crossland ST. CHRISTOPHER’S SCHOOL
The competitions and events that Tim mentioned recently are now in the Diary thanks to Mary (Competitions Secretary).
You can visit the diary page and print it (there's a Print button which then offers a preview), or you can copy individual events to your own Google Calendar by clicking on each and then clicking Copy To My Calendar.
Clicking on an individual event in the diary and then clicking More Details will open-up the event and offer the information in a more accessible fashion.
"I've looked at the new diary entries. What's NIF?"... See What is NIF?
Monday, 28 June 2010
Fencers from St. Christopher’s, Scott’s Park, St. Josephs, Parish Primary and Bishop Challoner will be taking part.
All EC fencers U9 or U11 can take part in this competition.
Also volunteers from parents and older fencers are needed to run the refreshments, organise the fencers, set up and clear away the hall.
All fencers who have passed the theory section of the referee course can be examined for foil and/or epee during this event.
Finally all fencers with school foil kit need to return the equipment during the week or on Sunday at the latest; especially needed are foils, lames and bodywires.
All fencers wishing to take part, fencers and/or parents offering to help and fencers/coaches wishing to be examined for Grade 3/4/ referee must contact Tim ASAP.
Well done to the Livingstone team of Andrew Hughes, George Garton and Richard Trew who retain the Inter-house shield for the 2nd year running.
Carey, who were a fencer down, were gallantly and tearfully represented by the Wells brothers, Luke and Ethan, who were the runners up after beating Chalmers 45-44 to reach the final.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Oakley Hill-Smith 11th place
Luke Wells 24th place
Ben Dines 32nd place
Christian Mitchell 33rd place
Ethan Wells 49th place
Andrew Hughes 11th place
Adam Whitelaw 19th place
Andrew Hughes 24th place
Harry Calder 35th place
Elliot Wedge 57th place
Tim Pearson 60th place
Adam Aspden 38th place
Monday, 21 June 2010
Our fencers Jordan Ratcliffe, Adam Aspden, Harry Calder and Adam Whitelaw, with support from Andrew Hughes made up the Junior Team representing Bromley and won both their pools rounds comfortably but were knocked out in the DE round. Bromley came 6th overall in fencing and the Borough came 15th in the games generally.
1. Newham 50
2. Enfield 46
3. Lambeth 43
-- Haringey 43
5. Barnet 39
6. Bromley 37
7. Ealing 36
8. City of London 35
9. Wandsworth 34
10. Redbridge 33
11. Richmond 32
12. Bexley 31
13. Camden 30
14. Islington 29
15. Kensington 28
16. Brent 27
17. Waltham Forest 26
18. Kingston 25
19. Hillingdon 24
Full results for the Games:
1. Bexley 679
2. Greenwich 650
3. Hillingdon 641
4. Richmond 618
5. Croydon 596
6. Wandsworth 582
7. Redbridge 573
8. Enfield 533
9. Havering 523
10. Kensington and Chelsea 473
11. Barnet 460
12. Barking and Dagenham 451
13. Tower Hamlets 444
14. Kingston 438
15. Bromley 437
16. Ealing 429
17. Lambeth 407
18. Sutton 395
19. Islington 394
20. Harrow 389
21. Hackney 385
22. Camden 375
23. Lewisham 358
24. Westminster 353
25. Waltham Forest 347
26. Brent 341
27. Newham 339
28. Southwark 309
29. Hammersmith and Fulham 306
30. Haringey 269
31. Merton 260
32. Hounslow 175
33. City of London 141
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
On Sunday the 6th of June the National Dutch Team Championships took place in Amsterdam.
My team is Scaramouche Fencing Club from Arnhem.
Last year we won the title in men's foil, and we were keen on taking the cup with us again.
Since we were seeded number 1 and there were 11 teams in total, we had a bye in the last sixteen and were immediately qualified for the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals we met Zair Fencing Club from Rotterdam.
A special meeting for me, since I lived and fenced in Rotterdam for many years. It meant I was fencing against my old sparring partners and we won the meeting quite comfortably with 45-26.
In the semi-finals we met the team from Alkmaar. In the beginning the fight was quite equal, but after the first few bouts we took the lead and comfortably won 45-29.
In the final we met our rival fencing club Amsterdam just like the year before.
We started very well and were leading after three bouts with 15-6. In the remaining bouts of the match we did not give this lead away and won the match with 45-34.
This meant for me the second Dutch team gold medal in a row!
So for all you Eltham fencers: I am sorry I was not there to train you on that Sunday, but I think the time was well spent!"
Monday, 14 June 2010
As a bookend to Tim's message a couple of weeks back, I wanted to let you know that Cathy finishes her Land's End to John O'Groats cycle today (Monday). It's a fantastic achievement and we'll all be glad to get her back home again.
She's been keeping a blog with words and photos throughout her journey. You can view it at LeJogBlog.TheRatcliffes.net.
And finally, on behalf of Cathy, I offer a big thank you to all the fencers, parents and coaches who contributed to her JustGiving appeal for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. As I write this article, her appeal totals £470. Fantastic!
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Sunday 4th July at Eric Liddell Sports Centre
This competition will be for novices only so no team fencers will be selected.
However team members can assist with the running of the event.
Fencers who have passed the refereeing theory test can be examined for the Grade 4 refereeing award at this competition.
Picture is last years Bromley Challenge.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
This is a huge task to accomplish and has required months of training to prepare for the challenge.
Cathy is the mum of Jordan Ratcliffe, the ECfencing Team Manager, who has given up a lot of his spare time over the past 4 years helping our team succeed.
Andy Ratcliffe, Jordan’s dad, has produced and maintains this web site (well, blog actually) and I know this has taken a huge amount of his time also.
Please support this worthwhile cause by donating to Cathy’s chosen charity.
Click here for Cathy's justgiving website.
Monday, 24 May 2010
He had high praise for our fencers after meeting and fencing us on Sunday, and we felt his motivation and pro-active approach will complement and enhance our fencer’s development.
Chris is still competing in ‘A’ grades, European and World Cup events but wants to wind down his competitive schedule to concentrate on coaching.
He will be running the team’s footwork routines each week, mentoring our elite foilists and assisting to prepare all our fencers for competition.
Having Chris on board means our foilists can develop in line with the epeeists without feeling that changing to epee is a ‘promotion’!
Michal had previously come 5th and 6th in the series giving him an overall ranking of 4th. We have to wait till the results are updated to see his new placing in the series.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Eltham College fencers have been very successful in the Kent Championships for the past three years and last weekend we won 8 medals which is testament that our fencers are the best in the county.
We are especially proud of our Under 10 fencers who won all the available medals in their age group. This proves we have a great potential and can produce future champions.
It is difficult to pick out who were the best fencers as we were so very successful, but as usual Adam Aspden produced a mature performance to win silver in the Under 14 event.
The Wells brothers, Luke and Ethan, won silver in their age groups by keeping their cool and maintained focus.
The Tucks, Owen and Lewis, had a great days fencing and both won bronze in their age groups.
Performance of the day goes to Fergus who stormed to victory to win gold in the U10 age group. Fergus was consistently calm under pressure and out fenced all his opponents.
Good sportsmanship is always high on our agenda at competitions, we want our fencers to have fun and help others. To this end our fencers helped set up and clear away the event, and refereed during the day.
This story is also covered on the school’s website here
Kent Foil Championships results of all ECfencers:
Adam Aspden 2nd
Adam Whitelaw 1st
Luke Wells 2nd
Owen Tuck 3rd
Oakley Hill-Smith (last 8)
Tim Pearson (last 8)
Elliott Wedge (last 8)
Ben Dines (last 16)
Ben Ellis (last 16)
Fergus James 1st
Ethan Wells 2nd
Lewis Tuck =3rd
George Garton =3rd
Harrison Hazeldine (last 8)
Christian Mitchell (last 8)
Michal Burda (last 8)
Charlie Cooper (last 8)
Demitri Webb (last 16)
The morning session is theory with an exam in the afternoon.
I'm told that passing the exam will qualify for Grade 4 and taking a practical exam at a competition (such as the EYC) can qualify for Grade 3. Contact Tim to enrol.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Fencers must bring all kit including 2 foils (Size 0 for U10, size 3 for U12 and U14) and 2 bodywires.
The entry fee is £10 (not £14 as the application form says), please pay Eltham College by cheque.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
All Sunday training for the rest of this term will be in the Sports Centre hall.
10am till 1pm (Elite fencers till 2pm).
There will be no Sunday training on 16th May, 13th June or 20th June due to competitions.
Kent Championships (16th May)
Last chance TODAY to sign up (email Tim),
Armouring and refereeing courses (15th May and 22nd May)
Last chance TODAY to sign up (email Tim), after today the BFA will be offering the remaining places to others.
Olympic News - unders 18's may now be able to volunteer after all
It looks like the organisers have seen sense and are reconsidering the rule that under 18's are not allowed to be volunteers at the games in 2012. Follow this link for more details.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
IMPORTANT - Kent Foil Championships - Sunday 16th May 2010
We need to enter this competiton as a school, not individual entries.
ECfencers must email me by this Friday, 7th May or you wont be able to enter.
ALL fencers U14, including epeeists, should be entering this competition
RESULTS - British Youth Championships 2010
We won 2 medals in Sheffield last weekend, Andrew Hughes and Adam Whitelaw both made the last 8 in the Epee U12 event on Saturday. This is a great result and both fencers automatically qualify for next years event. Andrew made the last 16 in U12 foil on Monday. Pic is Andrew on the left, more photos from the event are here.
COURSE - Armoury Course - 15 May 2010
At the end of this week we will be offering places to non-ECfencers.
If you don't sign up without good reason, please don't expect those that do to repair your swords at competitions!
COURSE - Epee Refereeing course - 22 May 2010
All epeeists should sign up now for a one day refereeing course, leading to the Grade 4 refereeing award (foilists should be at the Premier Foil Series on 22 May so a later course will be arranged). Email me by the end of this week if you wish to attend.
Monday, 3 May 2010
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
The TA training sessions are a chance for young fencers who have already reached a high standard in their age-groups to train together for intensive, day long sessions. These cover all aspects of fencing, including warm-up, footwork and bladework as well as a chance to fence peers at national standard, but outside of the pressure of competition.
TA days are aimed at fencers in the 10 – 14 year old age bracket, and it is intended to act as a feeder to the newly established British Fencing Academy. Fencers should have been fencing for at least a year or two, be competing regularly and successfully, and aspire to fence at national and international level.
The first two TA training sessions will be at Rye St. Antony School, Franklin Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7SA, on 22nd May and 12th June 2010.
For EC fencer’s entry to TA can be achieved by invitation (based on competition results) or by nomination (Head Coach recommending fencer to the TA organiser as being of an appropriate standard for TA). Parents can nominate their own sons but I respectfully request that EC parents do not go this route.
We are recommending 3 fencers for the TA at the moment: Adam Aspden, Adam Whitelaw and Andrew Hughes.
Adam Aspden, who had come 3rd twice last year, achieved a Silver medal in the Under14 event. His most notable match was winning the semis 15-12 coming back from 2-8 down.
Lewis Tuck and George Garton had to face each other early in the Under10 DE's and came 8th and 9th respectably. Owen Tuck came 10th in a difficult Under12 event.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Well, if I'm honest, there's two new discussion topics since the weekend, one of which is from Tim and the other is from me! And there are only six members, so it's a bit lonely in the members' lounge. But I'd like to think those new topics are of interest to all fencers (and parents). Apply for membership! We want the opinions of fencers and parents in the discussions.
Membership is easy. Just visit the front door of the Members'Area (by clicking the Members links from the ECfencing web site, or going directly to http://groups.google.com/group/ECFencing). If you have a Google Account (because you're a Gmail user for example) just click the "Sign in and apply for membership" link.
If you don't have a Google Account, fear not, you do not face a huge hurdle. Creating a Google Account is not a big deal and doesn't come with a heap of baggage. I wrote about this in a previous article but, simply put, you just need to click the "Sign in and apply for membership" link and then click the Create an Account button over the right-side.
Once you've got a Google Account and you've applied for membership of the club's discussion group, you'll quickly be granted membership (if I recognise you as a fencer, parent or coach) and you'll be able to access the Members' Area. Once in, I recommend you click the Edit My Membership link on the right-side of the page and select the most appropriate "How do you want to read this group?" option for you. In essence, you can choose to be emailed whenever there's a new addition to a discussion, or just once a day (with a digest of new posts), or never (meaning you need to visit the Members' Area to see the latest contributions to discussions).
The fencers always show a great deal of enthusiasm when offered the opportunity to contribute to the club's progression. The Members' Area will become a popular place for discussion. Join now, don't miss-out!
The Elite Epee Series is a three event competition based near Leatherhead.
The three events are held in October, December and February, and the top 8 fencers overall are invited to the grand final in April. Being one of the best run competitions in the country it always attracts the best fencers, and to reach the final is an achievement in itself.
Club results after 3 events:
U13 3rd Adam Whitelaw
U13 3rd Adam Whitelaw
U13 4th Andrew Hughes
U13 12th Harry Calder
U16 30th Jordan Ratcliffe
U16 33rd Elliott Grover
Adam and Andrew, being placed in the top 8, were both fencing in the final last weekend. They had both previously won events in the series, but unfortunately didn’t have their previous success. Adam, fencing with a persistent injury, was placed 8th and Andrew (who was ranked 2nd after the pools) was placed 5th after being knocked out by William Woodley (ex-Eltham College) 12-10 in the first round.
Not winning a competition always means that there are lessons to be learnt, and our fencers need to remember to watch the time left in a bout, especially when the score is close. With 5 seconds left and a point down, you probably need to attack. With 5 seconds left and a point up, you probably need to run away (but not over the rear line).
Friday, 16 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
- Click the silver, triangular Play button alongside the Prezi icon (at the bottom of the presentation frame below)
- Wait until More appears at the right-side of the Play button
- Click More then Full Screen
- Finally, repeatedly click the Play button (or click your mouse button) to move through the presentation
Sunday, 28 March 2010
ExCeL, located in east London's Royal Victoria Docks, will host seven Olympic sports (Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wrestling) and five Paralympic sports (Boccia, Judo, Powerlifting, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Fencing) in five arenas. Up to 40,000 seats will be available to watch the action.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
If authors post their articles on random days, the email subscribers will get emails on many days of the week. This will lead to frustration over the volume of emails, and will lead to the club's messages being ignored and not read.
So, we have a publishing schedule whereby all but the most important messages are published on Monday so that they are automatically emailed on Tuesday. Our authors can write their articles on any day of the week and can specify the date that their articles should be published.
For your further information, the automatic emails are sent by Google Feedburner between 7am and 9am and they include all new articles since the last digest was sent. No email is sent on any day when there are no new articles!
The club's web site is built upon a collection of Google components: principally Blogger, Feedburner, Calendar, Picasa and Groups. To play an active part in the Members' Area (a Google Group) you need to be known to Google, and that's where a Google Account comes in; it's a means of identifying yourself to Google, and you can use it across all Google systems. It's done by referring to your existing email ID - either your home email, or your work email, or some other email address.
If you're prompted to create a Google Account, just supply an existing email address as the Username, and choose a password (it doesn't have to be a password that you may already associate with the email address). Having done this you'll be prompted for a few more bits and bobs of information and then you'll be set.
Once you've got a Google Account you'll be surprised how many services Google supplies. The list includes Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, iGoogle (personalised search home page), and Buzz. You can use the same Google Account for all of these.
Friday, 12 March 2010
This index is used to weight the ranking points given for results in competitions - clearly a 10th place in a competition with 100 entrants, including all of the top 10 fencers in the country is worth more than a 10th place in a competition with only 10 entrants, all of whom started fencing last week!
There's more information on the England Fencing web site.
Seven medals in one week from five fencers was a great way to spend the February half term (wonderful photo too)
3 medals from 3 fencers in Somerset
5 medals at the Surrey Youth Championships in Epson
Harry Calder brings home bronze from Alencon, France