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2020 December Newsletter

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

Well it’s that that time of year again and can I wish all our club members and families a great Christmas, a little different on all different levels or should I say Tiers!!

I don’t know about you but I will be so glad to say goodbye to 2020!! With very limited competitions, very little social interaction and no regular club meetings it has been very tough, so roll on 2021.

I would especially like to say a very big thank you to Jim & John who made a very big effort and gave up their day off during October and organized Sunday fencing at Newton Abbot Leisure, it was excellent.

Here’s an exercise for fencers to do :- put on your gear, hold your weapon, and close your eyes. Breathe deeply. Experience yourself as a fencer, embodying that role. Feel the weight of the mask and the heaviness of the sword. How your fingers curl around the grip and how the blade is an extension of your arm. Breathe deeply again and experience the tightness of your jacket and the stricture of the lame. Follow your attention down to your legs and your feet. Step into a lunge position and ground your feet through. Lift the sword as if you are against an opponent. Feel the power and purpose in embodying yourself as a fencer.

This is what we mean by living in the moment. When you are thinking about other things, you can never get to the “want to”. It is easier to live in that moment when you are fencing opponents in training bouts or competition. It is much harder to live in those moments when you are spending most of your training time alone. Finding ways to come back to the moment, that is how we can come back to “want to”!

Every fencer, every person deserves to live the way that they want to live. We are allowed to live in the place of “want to.” Even in the time of a global crisis, the joy of fencing is a privilege that we deserve to have! In the crush of adrenaline and obligation, it is oftentimes hard to push past “have to”.

I have managed to secure a source of a company (Samuel Daw and Co Ltd, 8 Cross Street, Barnstaple, N Devon, EX31 1BA, ) who are willing to produce some really nice Polo shirts for our club, in Navy Blue with the club’s emblem on the left-hand side.

I have included a size chart and a photo of the Polo shirt (what a good-looking Chair you have!!) 

The cost of each Polo Shirt is £14.10 plus P & P, they are really good material (100% Polyester) and well made. If you are interested, please let me know and we can go about ordering them.

Size | Chest Measurements

X-Small | 34″-36″

Small | 36″ – 38″

Medium | 38″ – 40″

Large | 40″ – 42″

X-Large | 42″-44″

XX-Large | 44″ – 46″

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