Fencing Beginners

If you want to join our beginners course, download the Beginners Application Form .  Our 6 week beginners course will start on Wednesday 22nd March 2023 and costs £80.  This will be run by head coach Adam Blight who has coached at the highest level in the sport. The course will take place alongside the regular fencing club.  The group sessions cover the range of techniques, skills and tactics involved in fencing with the foil.  Those taking part should wear tracksuit bottoms and trainers, all other equipment will be provided.  The course is suitable for both adults and children from the age of 8.  If you have any questions or enquiries, contact Adam on 07761 284378 or

beginners@buccaneersfencing.com .  For more details on Adam Blight’s coaching go to www.adamblight-fencing.com  .  Also to learn more about fencing you can go to Adam’s fencing Youtube channel at – https://www.youtube.com/user/AdamBlight/

57 thoughts on “Fencing Beginners

    Elisabeth Jameson said:
    6 July 2011 at 10:49 am

    My fiance and I are keen to try fencing and came across your website. I was wondering if there is still space on your beginers course and if so how we register.

    Best wishes,

    Elisabeth Jameson

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      6 July 2011 at 11:08 am

      Hi Elisabeth, our next beginners course starts on 21st September, if you want to join you can get the form from the link on the Beginners page of the website. Adam

        Imogen Barnett said:
        11 July 2020 at 11:44 am

        Hi, my 11yr old son is keen to try fencing, please could you let me know when he could come to a beginner session? Thanks.

        buccaneersfencing responded:
        11 July 2020 at 3:43 pm

        Hi Imogen, at present due to Covid 19 our club is not operating, we are hoping to be able to start up again perhaps in September. However, we will not be planing any beginners course until the normal running of our club is well established. When we have courses organised we will put them up on our website.

    Lizzy Finnigan said:
    9 August 2011 at 9:30 pm

    My partner would like to try fencing – is it possible for him to attend a trial class to see if he really likes it before signing up for the 8 week programme? It is his birthday at the end of the month and I would like to book asap.

    Many thanks

    Lizzy Finnigan

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      10 August 2011 at 9:07 am

      Hi Lizzy, Yes! if your partner and yourself would like to come down to the club any Wednesday before the next beginners course we can introduce you to the sport and the club.

      All the best


        Lizzy Finnigan said:
        10 August 2011 at 5:39 pm

        Hi Adam thanks very much for your reply. We will definately come down before 21st September. Many thanks again.


      Peter Wise said:
      14 June 2020 at 12:15 pm

      Afternoon Adam, I have a five year old that wants to do ‘sword fighting lessons’ and I fully appreciate that being five is too young. Looking at the various places on the internet that Buccaneers appears I initially found it stating 7 for young fencers then on here it saying beginners from 8. If you are able can you let me know at what age he can start? Thanks Pete

    Tina Timms said:
    18 January 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hi, my 14 year old daughter is interested in the beginners fencing course, could you let me know when the next one will start? Thanks.

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      19 January 2012 at 1:09 am

      Hi Tina, our next beginners course starts on Wednesday 25th January, as you may have seen, this runs from 8:30pm till 10:00pm. If this is too late, our Junior session runs from 7:00pm till 8:30pm, It might be better if she attends this session. If you come down next week at 7:00pm next week, we can sort out what would be best.

        Tina Timms said:
        30 January 2012 at 9:18 am

        Apologies but the 25th clashed with a re-arranged Piano lesson, may we come on 1 Feb for the early session? Thanks.

    buccaneersfencing responded:
    30 January 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Tina, 1st Feb will be fine! Hopefully see you then – Adam

    Tina Timms said:
    30 January 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you.

    helen fisher said:
    26 February 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Am interested in the beginners 8 week course,does this start on Friday 21st September? Also do you need to bring a partner? Finally would be away on holiday for one week of the course, is that a problem?
    Helen Fisher

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      27 February 2012 at 1:19 am

      Hi Helen,
      We are currently taking a more flexible approach to beginners and beginners are able to attend the club at any time. It works best if you are able to bring a partner to work with. You should come at 7:00pm and we can take it from there.
      All the best


        helen fisher said:
        2 March 2012 at 1:33 pm

        Thanks Adam
        Will see who I can bring along,do I have to wait until September or do you been to start now?

        buccaneersfencing responded:
        2 March 2012 at 8:55 pm

        Hi Helen, coming to the club at 7:00 on any Wednesday will be fine.

    Rachel MacLeod said:
    28 February 2012 at 11:14 am

    My two sons aged 10 and 13 would like to try fencing. Can I just bring them to any junior session or is there a course start date I need to know?


    Rachel MacLeod

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      28 February 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Rachel
      Yes, if you come down for 7:00pm and we can start from there.

      Hope to see you soon


    Jon Cunningham said:
    3 July 2012 at 7:00 pm

    my daughter grace, has all of a sudden got the urge to try fencing. She is 9 years old. Could you let me know how I could get her involved.

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      3 July 2012 at 9:36 pm

      If you would both like to come down at 7.oopm on any Wednesday, we can take it from there.

    Beth Hellen said:
    27 July 2012 at 7:52 am

    Hi, Will you be running a beginners course this september. My partner and I are interested in giving it a go!

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      1 August 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      We don’t have a course planned at the moment. But we do have a list of people interested so I will add your name to the list and let you know when a future course is organised.


    blueisthecolourinme said:
    2 August 2012 at 1:56 am

    Hi Adam,

    As you have probably heard before the Olympic’s have achieved its goals and inspired me to get back into sport and fitness after a far too long hiatus. Fencing really interests me and would love to get involved. Do I need to wait for a beginner course or are there other options? Impatiently waiting to learn the ropes haha.
    Many Thanks Phil

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      2 August 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Phil,

      Whilst we don’t have any beginners courses planed just at the moment, we do have a list of those wanting do do a course so we will probably get one going in the near future. I will add your name to the list. In the meantime, in addition to Sheffield Buccaneers website, you might find my website at http://www.adamblight-fencing.com and my Youtube channel at http://www.youtube/user/adamblight of interest.


    redcoatmic said:
    8 August 2012 at 12:51 pm


    I am just registering my interest in a beginners course, I have always been interested in it having done it as a child on holiday but haven’t had the time until having graduated University and having a job to pay for it!

    Nothing to do with the Olympics either, I just watched the Duellists again and it reminded me!

    Thank you,
    Michael Short.

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      8 August 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Michael

      Love the film The Duellists. I will let you have details of our next course.


    Keith Simmonds said:
    8 August 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Adam
    I’ve read through the recent comments and if you are putting a list together of people interested in a beginners course please add my name to list as well! Inspired by Olympics in general to take up a sport and fencing seems really cool.

    Many thanks

    Keith Simmonds

    rainbow75 said:
    23 August 2012 at 11:06 am

    Could you tell me when the next beginners course is please?

    rainbow75 said:
    23 August 2012 at 11:07 am


    Could you tell me when the next beginner course is please?

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      24 August 2012 at 6:17 pm


      Our next beginners course will start on Wednesday 26th September. You will find a link to the form for the course on the Fencing Beginners section of the website.

    michael chambers said:
    28 February 2013 at 6:13 pm

    My 9 year old son has just started fen Ing lessons at school and loves it . This ends before Easter so I just wanted to know if you have a course stating after Easter

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      28 February 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Michael,

      Your son (and any of his friends from school fencing) will be very welcome to come down to our club and join in. He can do one of our courses or join in with the general club training. Our next course begins next week on Wednesday 6th March.

      All the best


    Paul Tyree said:
    4 April 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hi there.
    When does your next beginners course start.
    If you can let me know I’ll be very grateful.
    Many thanks

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      5 April 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Paul,
      There will be a bit of a break before our next beginners course, this will start on Wednesday September 17th.

    Gita said:
    21 April 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi Adam, I have an 8 year old son who would like to learn fencing. Are the next Junior beginner classes starting in September too?

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      21 April 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Gita,
      Junior fencers are able to start straight away and join our junior group, if you bring your son down on any Wednesday he will be able to join in.

    Gita said:
    21 April 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Great! Thanks Adam.

    rachel handisides said:
    25 May 2014 at 7:14 pm


    I’m really interested in starting fencing. Could you tell me when your next beginners course starts. Thanks

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      25 May 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      our next beginners course will start in September, details will go on our website and also, I will make sure you get the information.


    Gabriella Wattam said:
    13 August 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I have been fencing before with the Sheffield Sword Club and unfortunately I had to stop. I would like to come back to fencing but join your club.
    Would I need to join the beginners course or not and please could I have some details about when the courses will start.

    Thank you

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      13 August 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Gaby,

      If you have fenced before you will not need to attend a beginners course unless you want to refresh your skills this way. You are welcome to come down on any Wednesday and pay us a visit. Our club is predominantly foil and I don’t know if it was foil that you did before.


    Josee Shaw said:
    25 September 2014 at 8:12 pm

    My 15 yr old daughter is interested in the beginners course in fencing.
    Could you tell me when the next course is.
    Josée Shaw

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      25 September 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Josée,

      We are planning a beginners course for the near future but we haven’t got a date yet, it will probably be on Mondays at our other venue Mount St Mary’s College.


    Nick Wilks said:
    19 May 2015 at 11:19 am

    Hi Guys,

    looking at taking a beginners course and might also have 3 kids who are all interested, between the ages of 11 and 13. Any ideas when the next course will run?

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      19 May 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Nick,

      Our next beginners course will be in September. Detail and dates will be determined in due course.


    Anna Covach-Brown said:
    14 September 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hello! I’m moving to Sheffield in mid-October and am really keen to start fencing. I am unable to make the 21st September and was wondering when the next beginners course after that will be? Thanks!

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      14 September 2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi Anna,
      I would expect our next course to be in January. However, if you can’t make the first week but can make the others we can work around this and make sure that you don’t miss out.
      All the best


    Jacqueline Newbould said:
    19 November 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Hello, how old do the beginners have to be before they can do an junior introduction lesson?

    Many thanks.

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      19 November 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Jacqueline,
      generally are would be looking at 8 as a minimum age.

    Dong said:
    14 March 2016 at 10:24 am

    Hello. What’s the price of join in the begging lessons. And when will you have new lessons.

    Sam Abbey said:
    26 April 2016 at 12:49 am

    Hi, when is your next beginners course starting? My partner and I are interested in taking up fencing

      buccaneersfencing responded:
      26 April 2016 at 9:28 am

      Hi Sam, we will be doing a beginners course in about a month, the start date is not sorted yet, when it is it will go up on our website.

        Chris said:
        1 June 2016 at 3:40 pm

        Hello, has the next beginner course been arranged yet or have I missed it?

        buccaneersfencing responded:
        1 June 2016 at 4:05 pm

        Hi Chris,

        Next one will be in September, as yet we don’t have dates or other details.


    Maryam said:
    19 September 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Are you doing the beginners course this year?

      Adam responded:
      19 September 2022 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Maryam,
      Yes, we started our most recent beginners course last week and our next course will be in January.

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