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2020 April Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of the Newton Abbot & Totnes Fencing club newsletter.

 As you are all aware of the Horrendous Covid 19 World wide pandemic.

It means all the planned competitions, club nights, emergency First Aid at Work course planned for 26/04/20, and other meetings have been suspended until further notice. 


During this isolation period DON’T let your fencing slip. There are other avenues of learning, e.g. Websites, books, practice in the garden, You tube.

A very good fencing  blog that I receive every few weeks is :-

or you can type in “Coach Tyler, fencing’ on Youtube and he has produced some excellent training clips.

or you can type in “Selberg fencing’ on Youtube and he also has produced some excellent training clips.

During these uncertain times in health and finance, our club President, Jim Pilkington, has issued the following statement as regards subs.

“The choice is yours but if you stop paying would be good to email me so I know they are just taking a furlough and intend to come back. 


Another very useful article from our own fencing Master, Jan Lacey:-

‘Preparation of an Attack”

Before delivering an attack, False attacks should be presented to the opponent but they must look convincing force the opponent into some sort of action.

It is on this that you decide what attack you will EXECUTE.

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Dear All, We may be able to start again at Teign before long and have to abide by the regs concerning covid-19. Principal is the need to test each fencer on arrival, that the regs relative to each centre are observed and that there is no interchange of gear between fencers.. We need to keep a record for 3 weeks of who has come and their addresses and contact numbers. For the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings I am willing to take the responsibility of being covid-19 officer for the session and Bill is happy to do Mondays. An issue has arisen relating to gear. Each fencer must have their own, or be issued with a set of the Clubs, for which they are responsible for keeping in good order and clean. This has brought to mind, the habit of some of our members who use club gear for evermore, which for a modest £2 or so per month does not reflect its true value. This we wish to stop. For the future, our plan is that a fencer can use club gear for the first 12 months, after which they must acquire their own by buying new, or to purchase the club gear they have been using. We suggest the price could be for the value we put upon it in the annual stocktake and discount by whatever they have paid by way of the extra sub charge. So quite an attractive deal. We do have a lot of gear and could be good to pass some on. It also means that with each fencer set up with their own gear, we shall have no further need to lug around the huge collection that we have done up until now. Just the boxes, some lames, body wires and a small selection of weapons to provide for the malfunctions on the night. Virtually no gear will be left at Teign. It may seem to create a problem for the ‘first nighters’, but then perhaps we do as they would on the continent and limit their first night to footwork exercise etc. and then bring a set of gear for them to take at the second session. How much gear we might lose is something we will only find out once we put this into practice, but hopefully very little.

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