Membership of 3 Blades Fencing

3 Blades supports the British Fencing Association through the Clubs affiliated membership, and encourages its members to become individual members of the association.

For any information about coaching (including beginners courses, clubs and sessions run by our coaches) e-mail us.  We run a four week course of half hour sessions to introduce you to fencing.  Please arrange a time during our main sessions.  Your first introductory session is free of charge.

Our coaches:

Sally Peat - Epee coach (Tuesday evening sessions)

David Dobel-Ober – Sabre coach (Friday evening sessions)

Cost per Session

Adults    £6.50

Children £4.50

Protection Policy

Document containing 3 blades child protection policy and contacts

Sabre Fencing. 


The sabre (aka saber) is one of the three weapons of modern fencing.  The sabre differs from the other modern fencing weapons, the épée and foil, in that it is possible to score with the edge of the blade, allowing for an increased chance of scoring; for this reason, sabreur movements and attacks are extremely fast and is considered to be agility based. For the other two weapons, valid touches are only scored using the point of the blade. Like the foil, but unlike the épée, sabre uses the convention of right-of-way to determine who acquires the touch

épée Fencing

The modern épée  is the largest and heaviest of the three weapons used in sport fencing.

As a thrusting weapon, the épée is similar to a foil (compared to a sabre which is also designed for slashing), but has a stiffer blade which is triangular in cross-section with a V-shaped groove called a fuller, has a larger bell guard, and is heavier. The technique however, is somewhat different, as there are no rules regarding priority and right of way. In addition, the entire body is a valid target area.

Training Sessions


Tuesday 7:00pm - 9:00pm Abbotsholme

School ST14 5BS

located in the Sports Hall


Friday 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Ashbourne Town

Hall DE6 1HQ

located on the first floor (ballroom) 



Abbotsholme School

Tues 7pm - 9pm

Ashbourne Town Hall

Fri 6:30pm-9pm

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