August 8, 2011

This Week:

Monday and Thursday practices will be running as usual this week. There will be a fitness class after practice on Monday night - all are welcome to stay ($10, bring a mat). There will also be Saturday practice this week, running from 8:30 - 11:30 or so - talk to one of the coaches for details.

If there is sufficient interest, there will be an open fencing session on Wednesday. Talk to Daniel for more information (cost is $20 for anybody not in one of our advanced programs).

Summer Schedule:

Monday and Thursday nights will continue as normal until August 18th. Wednesday nights in August will be an open floor night if people want to come out to play as long as there is sufficient interest. Please contact if you would like to come out.

There will be practices on August 22nd and September 1st, but not on other nights during the last 2 weeks of August. There may be a Saturday practice on September 3rd if there's sufficient interest. Normal practices will resume September 5th.

Please note that from now on, Monday night practices will end at 8:30 until further notice.


We have resurrected our old Flickr page. If you have any photos that you'd like to share, please talk to any of the coaches.


Please make an extra effort to stay properly hydrated at practice. With the weather being this warm and humid, there is a high risk of both dehydration and heat stroke at this time of year. I'd strongly encourage you to read up a little about both so you can recognise the signs and symptoms. These conditions, although typically minor, can have serious consequences. If you start to feel unwell at practice, please make sure you tell one of the coaches as soon as possible. This post may be helpful.


There are quite a few colds going around at the moment. If you are sick, please stay home. What may be just a sniffle for you, could be a life-threatening illness for someone else, so please err on the side of caution - several older adults use the church, and we really don't want to make anybody sick. Plus, if you make the coaches sick, then life will rapidly become unpleasant for everybody... If you're unsure whether you are suffering from allergies or a cold, stay home, just in case!

Clean equipment

There is a clause in the rules for competition that specifies that equipment must be clean and in good condition. Please be aware that as of this week, we will be enforcing the 'clean' rule at the club - if we can smell your equipment, then you will not be allowed to wear it (and if you smell too bad then you run the risk of being excluded from practices!) Please keep your equipment clean and odour free - it makes practices more pleasant for everybody!