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‘We are so excited to be setting up Cobham Fencing Club. Fencing has given us so much enjoyment over the years that we feel privileged to be able to share this with new fencers. We love introducing new people to the sport and seeing the surprise on people’s faces when they realise how much fun it can be to wave a sword around!’ Jo and Marc.

The club initially started in 2001 when Jo was at Brunel University studying Sport Science. Jo received a request from a lady called Claire who wanted to try fencing with some of her friends, and the most obvious venue to use was Claire’s father’s bar. The function room above bar ‘One Two Six’ became the scene for the club to grow to more than ten members, where they would fence for a few hours and then nip down to the bar for drinks and snacks. The club continued to grow and it soon became necessary to find a larger venue – they reluctantly moved from the bar to a sport centre but retained the name ‘One Two Six Fencing Club’.

Jo says - ’The name caused a stir in the fencing world at first, but we knew we had ‘arrived’ once people stopped asking why we were called One Two Six  – we had made a name for ourselves and all the other fencers knew who we were. My proudest moment as a coach and as a fencer was leading a team of relatively inexperienced fencers from One Two Six F.C. to Team Bronze at the British Championships.’

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In 2002 Jo travelled to Australia for the Commonwealth Championships and met fellow England team-mate Marc Bengry. They both returned to England with medals, and more importantly, each other.

Jo soon persuaded Marc to try coaching and he took to it like the proverbial duck to water. Marc is particularly good with children, putting them instantly at ease and making every session engaging, informative and fun.

Jo and Marc moved to Cobham in 2010 and Marc is coaching the after school fencing club at Parkside where he was first introduced to fencing as a schoolboy at the age of seven. Jo and Marc are coaching at many schools in the local area and in London.

At Cobham Fencing Club we teach foil to children and Epee to adults although we can arrange for you to try the other weapons on request, and if we notice that you fence in a way that lends itself particularly to one weapon over another then we will advise you to consider a change.

For example: Jo fenced for six years with the foil and had limited success – by chance she was encouraged by someone to change to Epee and qualified for the World Championships within six months. Jo is now determined that her fencers do not miss any opportunities by fencing with the wrong weapon and she pays a lot of attention to the way that her athletes fence in case she feels they could do better at another weapon.


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