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We hope you all had everything you hoped for over the Christmas and wish everyone a Happy and Successful 2019.

December was a pretty busy month on the Fencing front too, so here’s a brief update of some news items.


Our second ever CAPITAL OPEN went ahead as planned on 1st December at the Jean Brown Arena in Redbridge.  Over 100 fencers entered this year, the most far-flung entries being one from Germany and one from Switzerland.  There was a great atmosphere throughout the day and we’re already looking forward to the first Saturday in December this year.  We published the results soon after the event, but for photos of winners, medallists, and some of the action see below.

New Club Opens in London

Always good to hear of new clubs opening: this one’s in South London.  It’s a sabre club based in Brixton and called, appropriately enough, Brixton Sabre.  For anyone from beginners to internationals, it takes members or accepts people for one-off sessions, meets on Tuesday evenings, and is very close to Brixton tube and rail stations.  Details can be found at .

London Region Team Wins Cadet Winton 2018

Congratulations to the 24 young fencers who represented the London Region at the 2018 Cadet Winton Competition.  Held at Millfield School on 15/16 December, the event featured teams of boy and girl foilists, épéeists, and sabreurs, from each of the ten English regions.  Everyone involved had a fantastic weekend, and the fencers performed tremendously well throughout, delivering a splendid victory for London as overall winners.  Below is a photo of the winning Team and their trophy.  And plenty more photos can be found on the Cadet Winton London facebook page

Cadet Winton London 2018 Winning Team

Cadet Winton London 2018 Winning Team

THE CAPITAL OPEN 2018 in pictures

Mens Foil TROPHY

Mens Foil TROPHY


Womens Foil

Womens Foil


London Intermediate Championship & GB Cup Qualifier 2019

Last year we launched the first London Intermediate Championships and also used them to select London’s representatives in  British Fencing’s GB Cup.  It worked well and we’re doing the same this year.  The Championships are open for entries now on Sport80 and they’re on Sunday 28th April at St Benedicts School Ealing W5 2ES.    Special ‘early bird’ entry fee of £25 before 8th April. So why don’t you enter?  If you do, you could already be a champion before you go to the GB Cup Finals.  Full details are here.  The event is only open to those affiliated to London on their BF Membership





London Region Youth Championships 2018

The London Region Youth Championships (LRYC) 2018 will take place on 3rd and 11th March 2018.  These competitions are the London Region  qualifying rounds for the British Youth Championships.  All Epee age groups and under 12 and under14 foil will take place on 3rd March at Sportsdock.  All Sabre and under 16 and under 18 foil will  take place at St Benedects School, Ealing on 11th March.  Full  details are here.  Entry is via Sport80


Winter Novice and Intermediate Competition 27th January 2019

The next London Region N&I Competition will take place at St Benedicts School, Ealing on Sunday 27th January 2019.

Open to all fencers over the age of 15 there will be Men’s and Women’s Foil, Sabre & Epee events at Novice and Intermediate level.

Please note the definition of intermediate has changed slightly since earlier N&I competitions.  Full details are on the competitions page Entry via Sport80 now open


London Region to host another All weapon Team Competition

Men’s, Women’s & Mixed – Foil, Epee, and Sabre Teams

 On 21st October 2018

London Region will be holding another all weapon, open, team event at St Benedicts School Ealing. Open to all and offering a sociable day’s fencing competition for men’s, women’s and mixed teams, medals will be awarded to category winners in Foil, Epee, and Sabre.
Full details here and entries via Sport80 are now open


London’s teams for the 2015 Cadet Winton


The competition organisers do not seem to have published the results so we are unable to tell you exactly who came where in what weapon! We do know that London came 8th out of the 11 regions who entered. (2014, 4th)

Whilst we seek to get hold of them below is a report by Neil Hutchison, one of our Team Captains, and also a link to some photographs taken by Arash Farmanfarmian, our on site correspondent that weekend.

You can download any pics you like. They will remain available for a couple of months.

The London Region teams had a great weekend at the Cadet Winton on 19/20 December 2015. All 15 rounds went smoothly but our teams needed to secure 28 individual wins against any other region in order to beat them.

 We had slightly weaker teams than last year with many high ranked London Region fencers not able to accept their selections due to other commitments, however it was a great opportunity for some of our other fencers to compete and enjoy the experience of taking part in this prestigious and fun team event. 

The Team Captains, Neil Hutchison (Cobra Swords) and Denis Cranwell (St Benedict’s) were very impressed with the team camaraderie displayed and the exemplary behaviour of the fencers. They really fought hard for every fight, which was very impressive. London Region finished down from 2014’s 4th place to finish 8th overall, but we did beat three other regions: Yorkshire, Eastern (with very strong foil teams), and East Midlands. 

Our fencers really pushed to win as they understood that every fight counted. On occasion, our fencers would win one or two matches only but on two occasions these were the fights which clinched us victory in those matches.

It was great having Kathy O’Sullivan and Arash Farmanfarmian as our parent chaperones as they showed a real interest and supported all our fencers throughout the event (& took thousands of photos!). Our London Region fencers went home happy after a great weekend of fencing and we look forward taking part in the Cadet Winton in 2016! 

From a report by Team Captain Neil Hutchison


London Region is looking forward to joining the 28th Cadet Winton with a full squad of fencers from clubs across London competing for their region.

This prestigious event, established by Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, brings together selected foilists, sabreurs and epeeists from across the regions to compete at Millfield School in Somerset.  The 2015 competition is being held over the weekend of 19/20 December.

Fencers were selected, subject to their availability, by London Region from GB Cadet (U17) and England rankings.

Six teams of boys and girls in three weapons will be travelling together on the team bus, with Team Captains Neil Hutchison of Cobra Swords and Denis Cranwell of St Benedict’s.  Over the years, many of our top GB fencers have competed at the Cadet Winton and, as well as being a very enjoyable event, it is great for these young fencers to have their London Region selection on their fencing CVs.

Historical Note: Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE was a British humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. He and his brother were keen fencers and founded the Winton Cup in 1959, long before we knew of his famous exploits. The Cadet Winton and Veteran Winton team competitions followed later and are still held every year. Sir Nicholas died, aged 105, in July 2015, and we continue these competitions in his memory.

Neil and Denis will be doubling up as referees, coaches and team captains and would welcome some extra assistance. You can reach us via the Contact page

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Ladies Foil Costanza Russo Salle Boston
Aglaia Russo Salle Boston
Fernanda da Silva St Benedicts
Anna Curtis St Benedicts
Men’s Foil Matthew Jerome Salle Boston
Danny Martin FCL
Rupert Thomas Salle Paul
David Cuss St Benedicts
Ladies Sabre Lumeng Yang Camden
Sophia Yang Camden
Celeste Bergne Cobra Swords
Mens Sabre Lucas Achkar Escrime
Andrea Zotiades Camden
Asim Pujic Camden
Ladies Epee Ariana Farmanfarmaian Brixton
Anastasia Kipiani Brixton
Patrycja Krzyzaniak Chelsea
Mens Epee David Farmanfarmaian Brixton
Edisher Kipiani Brixton
Tariq Roach Brixton