Each instructor runs their class slightly differently and the exact routine might vary depending on what is being studied. However, typically the schedule is as follows:


When you arrive your instructor will introduce themselves and give you a short introductory briefing on their class, making sure you are in the right place, understand our code of conduct, and know what to expect. They’ll also show you where you can get changed and help you find any club kit such as protective gear that you might need.

Warm Up

Our classes usually begin with a warm up, for example, running laps of the class playing follow my leader, throwing a glove around as a game of tag, or other activities to get everyone moving. There will also be time to stretch.

As with all physical activities, you know your own body best and should participate to the degree you want to. You do not have to follow the instructor’s warm up or stretches if something else would work better for you.

Fundamentals Revision

Typically, most classes begin with some revision of the fundamental principles of the fencing style being taught. There are some techniques that cannot be practised enough. Often this part of the class will not require full kit, or even swords, but will be more focussed on body mechanics, footwork and timing. For classes without separate beginner lessons, they should include all you need to participate in the later drills.

Drilling and Interpretation

This is the main part of the class and the most varied. In general, the instructor will introduce a technique or theme derived from a historical text and lead the class in exploring it. Often this will involve pairing up with another student and running through drills with each other. When drilling, communication is always key, making sure you are both comfortable with the levels of speed and intensity, and respect each other’s learning styles and objectives.

In this part of the class you will very likely be using one of our practice swords – right from your very first lesson.


Finally, the last half an hour or so of the class is given over to free sparring and free play. The hall will be divided into pistes and students are free to engage in sparring with each other and the instructors, testing what they have learnt in the class or developing their own style.

To participate in this part of the class you must be a member of LHFC and have passed a sparring test with an instructor. It is normally a few weeks before a new student is ready to take this step. However, new students are strongly encouraged to stay and watch.


After class we typically head to a nearby pub to unwind and socialise.