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December 2018 Newsletter

By dave, Jan 14 2019 09:27PM





Welcome to the December edition of the Newton Abbot & Totnes Fencing club (NATFC) newsletter. Happy Christmas to all our members and familiy’s.

Just to keep you up to date with news on how Andy Bornemisza (he contracted Legionnaires disease whilst visiting Italy for a Veterans World Championship Sabre tornement). Andy is now out of Intensive Treatnment Unit & onto a ward and has had the tracheostomy removed, so excellent progress.


A little thought by our BAF coach, Jan Lacey :-


‘Accuracy and confidence will only be obtained through the constant repetition of movements, so that they become as automatic and natural as walking.

When fencing or receiving lessons, one must never allow oneself to be tense, relaxation will bring smoothness, precision & speed. Always remember this !!”

Thanks Jan



Congratulations to our own John Evers and Jim Pilkington for their awards from the BFA a certificate of Merit (after 35 years of loyal service to the NAFC) and Bronze Medal (for 30 years of loyal service)respectively. Thank you both to John and Jim and I’m sure you’ll join me in thanking them in their devotion & effort to our art – THANK YOU.




Also a brilliant effort for our own Joe Evans who gained a bronze medal in the Devon foil under 15-WELL DONE JOE, EXCELLENT.



Word of the Month :- Passata Sotto



The Passato Sotto, a counterattack that drops beneath an incoming blade, is one of the more spectatular forms of the time thrust.

The Art & Science of Fencing, Nick Evangelista


The lines of the body in Fencing (expressed in old French or Latin) :-

1/ Prime pronounced ‘preem’ covers the low-inside of the body when the sword hand is held in pronation

2/ Seconde pronounced ‘sec-own’covers the low-outsideline when the sword hand is held in pronation

3/ Tierce pronounced ‘tier-s’ covers the high outside when the sword hand is held in pronation

4/ Quarte pronounced ‘kart’ covers the high inside line with the sword hand is held in supination.

5/Quinte pronouced ‘kant’ covers the high inside line when the sword hand is held in supination

6/Sixte pronounced ‘sec-own’ covers the high outside line when the sword hand is held in supination

7/ Septime pronounced ‘sep-teem”covers the low inside line when the sword hand is held in pronation

8/ Octave pronounced ‘ock-tav’ covers the low outside line when the sword hand is held in supination.



-John Evers (President) johnevers@hotmail.co.uk 01626 833953 07854 635748

-William (Bill) Berkley (Chairman) berkleybill@blueyonder.co.uk 01752 519113

07599 834694

-Jim Pilkington(Hon Sec & Hon Treasurer) swordsman@salago.co.uk 01803 865721

07956 391751

-Dave Atkins (Equipment, Competition Sec, Club Captain & Armoures) davea123@btinternet.com 07966 232271

-James White (Juniors Rep) jww1992@btinternet.com

-Bruce Freeman (Welfare Officer) bruce_freeman@yahoo.co.uk 01626 773






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