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Edinburgh Fencing Club

Open Training Sessions

Due to the coronavirus pandemic EFC remains closed until further notice. The use of St. Thomas' gym hall will not resume before October 2020 at the earliest. Updates will be sent to EFC members as soon as available, and any news published here.  

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 19:00 – 21:30

Our very popular open foil, épée and sabre fencing sessions run weekly on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. Come along and set up a box to enjoy a night of sparring with other experienced electric fencers.

Please be aware that these sessions are not supervised and therefore only suitable for those experienced electric fencers over the age of 10 years, with their own kit, or anyone wishing to take a pre-arranged private lesson from one of our coaches.

If you currently attend one of our cadet classes and would like to come along to the open fencing sessions, just ask your coach if you are ready.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and after consideration of British and Scottish Fencing guidelines, the EFC Committee has concluded that it is now compulsory for all our regular fencers to own their own basic kit, this consists of a well-fitting glove, breeches, mask and for Open Session fencers weaponry (sword) and wires. It is expected that fencers will acquire their own full kit in due course; in the interim anyone using items of club kit will do so at their own risk.

All visiting/guest fencers must provide their own kit.

Detailled information about fencing kit is listed under "Fencing Kit".

Cadet Fencing Classes

We recommend children to be eight years old before starting metal foil fencing, whilst for sabre fencing we suggest children be at least ten years old. But with all activities, some children are capable earlier, others a bit later.

We always recommend that anyone new to the sport start with our five week Beginners Foil Course (see below) this will introduce children to the basics of fencing and build their confidence before preparing them to join our regular cadet classes as a club member.

Cadet Foil Class
Wednesdays, 18:00 – 19:30

Wednesday night is Juniors' night. Don McKenzie and Andy Alderman run the foil class. Foilists of all levels begin with a warm-up, games and footwork session, followed by some short individual one-to-one training. Suitable not only for those just starting out in the sport, providing a good grounding whilst building confidence, but also for those who have been enjoying the sport for some time. The wide variety of abilities within the class, means you will continue to be challenged as your skills develop.

For those ready to take the next step, our highly experienced cadet foil coaches are available to advise your fencer on their suitability for entry into the competition circuit. They can suggest which local competitions are best to get started with, and what supplementary training might be required.

There are competitions suited to young fencers of all abilities, so if you would like further information or your young fencer is feeling ‘competition curious’ please have a chat with one of our coaches and they will be happy to advise what competition is best for you.

Cadet Sabre Class
Wednesdays, 18:00 – 20:00

Naomi Farmer coaches the new format Wednesday Sabre class. Suited to experienced fencers, the class begins with a warm-up, fitness and footwork, followed by electric fencing and individual lessons. The Wednesday Sabre class is designed to go alongside the Thursday Sabre classes and is pitched at fencers who want to be competitive (or are competition curious), or those who love fencing and want to have more actual fights.

Fencers are expected to be self-motivated: managing their own kit, putting maximum effort into the fitness and footwork training, and fencing/refereeing more-or-less solid for the whole fencing session. This class is not suitable for anyone who is not committed to making the most of the session and improving their skills in Sabre.

If you are an experienced fencer interested in joining this class, please email in the first instance, to reserve a space.

Cadet Sabre Class
Thursday, 19:00 – 20:30

This fun and action-packed class is for sabreurs of all levels. Working with Naomi Farmer, you play some games to warm-up, learn how to chase down your opponent (and run away!) during the footwork session, practice how to score points in the blade skills and tactics session, and finally put your new skills to use as you challenge your classmates to fence

Those new to Sabre are accepted into the class on the first Thursday of the month only, please email for more information, and to reserve a space.

Beginners Fencing Courses

We regularly offer beginners courses for children and adults coached by Alex McLeod.

It is strongly recommended that anyone new to Fencing start with one of our beginner courses. They are a fun and friendly structured entry into the sport, giving you the basic skills and confidence you need to get started. Also enabling you to build connections with other fencers at the same level as yourself, and make the transition from course to Cadet Classes or Open Fencing Sessions much more enjoyable.  In all, a perfect introduction to Fencing and our Club without having to make a commitment to full membership.

All kit for the courses will be provided, but please wear comfortable sports clothing and trainers, and bring a refillable water bottle.

If you are interested or have any questions regarding the courses, please get in touch via email:

Kids Beginners Course, suitable from 8 years
Wednesdays, 18:15 – 19:30 (may be subject to change)
Duration: 5 weeks, Costs: tba

Due to Covid-19, no further beginner courses will be scheduled for 2020

Dates for the next run of courses are yet to be set. If you would like to go on a list to be advised once dates have been finalised, please email:

The course covers fencing basics through structured training and games, later integrating with the Cadet Foil Class making for an easy transition to our regular weekly classes.

Please be aware that once you have completed the beginner course and start attending our regular Cadet Classes you will need to acquire your own basic kit consisting of glove, breeches and mask.

Edinburgh Fencing Club adult beginner class

Adults Beginners Course, suitable for 16+ years
Thursday, 19:30 – 21:00 (may be subject to change)
Duration: 8 weeks, Costs: tba

Due to Covid-19, no further beginner courses will be scheduled for 2020

Dates for the next run of courses are yet to be set. If you would like to go on a list to be advised once dates have been finalised, please email:

The course covers fencing basics through structured training, games and matches. You will be hitting your new fencing friends within the first hour. This course is designed to get you to an appropriate level to be able to join in with our regular Open Fencing Sessions.

Please be aware that once you have completed the course and start attending Open Sessions independently, you will need to have acquired the mandatory basic kit consisting of glove, breeches, mask and weaponry (sword and wires). Our armourer is available to advise you, and often has reconditioned weapons for sale at a very reasonable price

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