The Arte of Defence
Teaching Sword Fencing in Schools, Clubs and Academy's
Fencing is an ancient and noble sport. For many hundreds of years, proficiency with the sword was considered one of the essential skills of a well-educated individual, and the sword worn at the side was the hallmark of a gentleman. From its practical origins, when matters of honour and politics were settled with the sword, fencing has evolved into one of the most intense and challenging of modern sports which is every bit as exciting and demanding as the fencing duel that preceded it.
A sport unlike any other....
Derek teaches fencing at the following Schools/Academy's:
- Signhills School - Monday's
- Phoenix Fencing Academy - Monday evenings.
- Yarborough School - Wednesday's
- Phoenix Fencing Academy - Wednesday evenings.
- St. Martins Prep - Thursday's.
I am a British Academy of Fencing (B.A.F) qualified Fencing instructor to level 3 and I teach Foil, Épée and Sabre. I have over 25 years experience teaching Sword Fencing in both School's and Clubs/Academy, I have an enhanced CRB Certificate with 5 million pounds public liability insurance.
I teach my own special fencing syllabus which teaches the children Sword Fencing in a fun and safe environment, we always finish the session with a fencing game and at the end of each term I award the top three fencers with Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.
I have two qualified Fencing instructors who can help out as TA's if required.
Service I can offer
Mixed group fencing lessons for girls and boys years 4, 5 & 6, using the new polycarbonate swords and senior years; year 7 and above using steel swords, as an after school activity, or part of the school curriculum.
Sword Fencing can be one of the 4 sports in GCSE PE, (Key Process A - Developing skills for all game activities).
Sessions typically last one hour, for approximately 12 students. All the fencing equipment will be provided by myself.
Why is Sword Fencing a good sport for schools?
- The chance for students who find team sports difficult to cope with, to engage in a high quality physical educational sport.
- Students are taught to develop specific techniques that they have to perform with consistent control and finesse to enable them to compete at a higher level.
- Boy's and girl's of different age groups can compete as equals.
- Students will select and apply their skills and tactics within the discipline of the sport.
- The opportunity to positively influence any students experience of Physical Education in the school.
Fencing can help the holistic development of each child; not only with the physical aspect of the sport, but knowledge, understanding and communication as the teaching programme advances with each lesson. It also helps children with their motor skills, having to use hand-eye co-ordination.
For more information please contact Derek Spearen: