Learn to fence with a sabre

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  1. Brixton Sabre

    Brixton Sabre New Member

    Looking for an unusual Christmas present for a loved one? Want to start the new year with a fast, exciting new sport? Then Brixton Sabre has the answer. A brand new fencing club specialising in sabre (the fastest and most exciting fencing weapon), Brixton Sabre's courses for beginners cost £90 for an 8 week course and our next course begins on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at Brixton Recreation Centre, 27, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8QQ. We offer a 20% concession for major benefit claimants, students and OAPs.

    Anyone 16+ is welcome to sign up. There's no upper age limit - fencing is a sport you can take up and benefit from at any age - and men and women are equally welcome. We provide the swords, safety equipment and insurance. All you need is some light, easy-to-move in clothing (tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt work well) and a pair of trainers.

    Find all the details here: Beginner’s Course
  2. 8ball

    8ball Chipperer than average

    Just no left-handed types - they're a pain in the arse.
  3. Brixton Sabre

    Brixton Sabre New Member

    Left handers are perfectly welcome. They're usually better at fencing than right handers. Which is kind of annoying :)
  4. 8ball

    8ball Chipperer than average

    They're not better, they just have an advantage due to doing everything wrong.
    Sabre is def best for mixed groups due to the different target area compared with foil and epee.

    Or to put it another way, you won't get stabbed in the bollock*, which is not fun.

    * - unless you're particularly unlucky or annoying
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  5. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Do you do this then? I've always fancied it but Brixton's a bit of a schlep.
  6. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery Banned

    Starting with a lie ain't a great start. Sabre is the slowest of the three fencing swords. Foil is probably the fastest.
  7. 8ball

    8ball Chipperer than average

    Used to, quite a while back.
    I never knew sabre was the fastest style - everyone I knew started on foil, so was naturally quicker with that.

    Sabre is the most aggressive, though - lots of fun.
  8. 8ball

    8ball Chipperer than average

    I didn't think it was the fastest either, but a quick Google seems to bear it out.
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  9. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    A quick google suggests that you're spouting bollocks and that the sabre is indeed the fastest.
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  10. 8ball

    8ball Chipperer than average

    Foil is all technical and twiddly and probably has the most flashiness and back-and-forth and very fast thinking and strategising. On that level it would look faster to most people, I think. Whether it is really faster, I couldn't say. Internet says sabre, indeed.

    Sabre's the most like a beat-em-up fighting game of the three - have your strategy going in, muscle memory, speed, not so much precision, nice and loose in the manner in which you score. Suited my raggedy style best. And you can twat people in the face.

    Of course, that's a relative novice talking and it probably gets much more brainy later on.

    And epee is for people who exist in a weird quantum state where they can only phase between near-immobility (with the odd twitch) and apparent teleportation.
    I was v. bad at it. It's like bloody cricket.

    I'd recommend giving it a go if you fancy it - I take it unsubtle hints about possible Christmas presents will be heading in Mrs Spy's direction? :D
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2018
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  11. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I think there's a case for sabre being fastest overall in that not only is the target area larger than foil, there is a much greater variety of potential moves that you need to be aware of, both of which mean there are more avenues of attack that are worth trying. Actual attacks in foil are extremely quick but most of the time it's twiddling back and forward, looking for an opening.

    Fun fact: fencing is the only thing I saw at the Olympics. I also saw wheelchair fencing at the Paralympics. (Also blind judo, which, apart from the fact that you start off touching each other, is pretty much the same as any other judo since you're not using visual feedback much anyway, or so I'm told.)
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  12. Smangus

    Smangus comatose at a desk

    sharing the venue with the epee club then?
  13. Harry Smiles

    Harry Smiles Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure I'd trust this guy to pass on my share of the sale price of the goods I'd nicked
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  14. cheesepig

    cheesepig Cheesepig

    Of the three mainstream swords, sabre would be the most useful in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

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