Character, Intelligence, Sportsmanship, Speed and Agility
The CSF is primarily a training centre for the young (and not so young) fencer to develop their fighting skills and prepare them for competition. We provide them with a safe environment, encouragement and fun. The student will learn to show dignity in victory & defeat, a tactical mind, sportsmanship and develop strength in body & mind.
Basic Lessons and Skills
Dance Development Centre Fencing Classes
Through fencing classes at the Dance Development Centre, students learn and develop the fundamentals of fencing. Equipment is free for the first year.
Classes are on Saturday afternoons:
Fencing Classes - Beginner Fencers 2:00pm to 3:00pm and Intermediate Fencers 3:00pm to 4:00pm
First class starts the first Saturday of the school term
Note: Students will need indoor only sports shoes. E.g. Tennis or squash shoes will do.
Bouting and training
CSF Club Sessions
The CSF is where you develop your bouting skills and prepare for competitions.
Bouting and training are on Sunday afternoons:
Session - 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
Note: Students who are not enrolled at DDC will need to be a full member of CSF. If you are a member of another club you can be a guest member upon approval.
Coffee and cake after bouting
After Bouting on Sundays, fencers can relax at the Café at Spence Shops.
30 minutes Individual Lessons helps accelerate learning and development
We bring Fencing to You
Group Fencing Activities
Group lessons at your venue.
Learn basic bladework and footwork techniques.
Learn about tactics and how to bout.
Maximum group size - 20 Fencers (Minimum 6 Fencers)
How we started and who we are
Canberra School of Fencing & The Dance Development Centre
Canberra School of Fencing
The School was created to further develop fencers from the dance centre. The School provides a more competitive environment to introduce students to the world-wide sport of fencing and start them on a sporting journey towards competing at club, state, national and international levels.
Dance Development Centre
In 1995 I attended some adult classes at the Dance Development Centre and met Jackie's husband Gerry (Jackie Hallahan - Director of DDC). Every week after Pilates classes, I would teach Gerry fencing. After a year of lessons he asked me if I would be interested in teaching fencing at the dance centre and the rest is history.
Thompson Quan Wing
The Director and Coach of
Canberra School of Fencing
Present Group fencing at the Dance Development Centre
Present Individual fencing lessons at CSF
2017 Assistant coach for Jeff Grey at Oxley College
2017 Coach at Southern Highlands Fencing Academy
2016 Started Canberra School of Fencing
2016 Part time coach at various clubs in Canberra
2014 Open Canberra School of Fencing
2006 Finished coaching at ADFA Fencing Club
2004 Started Coaching at ADFA Fencing Club
2000 Finished training with Coach Albert Urenda
1996 Started teaching fencing at the Canberra Dance Development Centre
1996 Started training under Fencing Coach Albert Urenda
1998 Closed ACT School of Fencing
1995 Started coaching at the ANU Fencing Club
1994 Started apprenticeship coaching under Serigo Riveros at the ACT School of Fencing
1990 Started fencing at the ANU Fencing Club
1989 Started fencing at the Civic YMCA
CSF & DDC
55 Crofts Crescent, Spence, ACT, 2615
How I started fencing
You maybe wondering how and why I started fencing. Well way back in the 80's I used to play field hockey, a goalkeeper to be precise. I saw fencing on TV and was amazed how fast fencers moved and I wanted to improve my speed and agility as a goalkeeper.
In Civic there used to be the YMCA off London Circuit, now there are apartments residing on the site. In 1988 I searched through the Yellow Pages. Back in then we didn't have Google. Classes didn't start until the following year. I had to wait 4 months before I could enroll into the beginners course.
I fell in love with the sport and the rest is history.
Covid Club Safety Rules
DDC Fencing classes
Fencers attending fencing classes will need to comply to Dance Centre Safety Rules.
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