Friday 10 March
UCL South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
About the Venue
UCL South Cloisters is a wheelchair accessible venue.
There is no parking available at UCL South Cloisters.
For those travelling by public transport, UCL South Cloisters is walking distance from Warren Street tube station, Euston Square tube station, Euston Station and King’s Cross St Pancras Station. Bus routes that run near UCL South Cloisters are the: 14, 18, 24, 29, 30, 73, 134, 205 and 390.
New to Fencing?
Fencing could have been a simple sport. You have a sword and the aim is to try to hit your opponent without getting hit. But there is a bit more to it than that!
Fencing is divided in three weapons. The first two operate within certain rules. To be awarded a hit, the referee has to rule that the point should go to you. That means that you have to show that you took the initiative if both fencers hit at the same time. This is shown by either being the opponent that started the attack or who beat your opponent’s blade away last – also known as ‘parry’ in the fencing jargon.
- Sabre is historically a cavalry weapon. It’s very intense, very explosive and highly reaction based. It’s the only weapon where you may hit with the side of the blade (as opposed to only the tip) and you can hit your opponent everywhere above the waist.
- Foil is point only and the torso is the only target area. Historically it’s the training weapon. People used it to learn how to parry properly, avoid the opponent’s blade etc. In modern fencing Foil is probably the most technical discipline, there’s a lot of blade work and a lot of movement up and down the piste.
- The Epee is the classical duel weapon. No rules there: hit your opponent before he hits you – if both hit at the same time both get a point. Epee is very tactical since it’s very easy to make mistakes when you can be hit everywhere on your body (foot hits are quite famous). The rhythm is usually more slow paced and then very quick actions once in a while.
Fencing in teams is very interesting, because you get to de-center from yourself as an individual. Tactically it’s very different and you must develop a close bond with your team mates, relying on them and letting them take over.
We’re ready for Varsity!
The team has worked really hard this year to maintain our high standing in the Premier League, succeeding in securing the third place finish we were aiming for. We have been busy training hard for Varsity, both at training and in the gym, and we are looking forward to taking on our Strand rivals on home soil! #winnerwinnerchickendinner #bleedpurple
Veni, Vidi, Vici UCL.
It’s Kings, we’ll be fine.
Bring it on!
We’re an even stronger outfit than we were last year, and we’re looking forward to demonstrating that on the piste and keeping the Varsity trophy where it belongs.