Welcome to our new coach

WEST Dorset Fencing Club have pulled off a coup by engaging their first professional international coach.

Csaba Hajdu is from Hungary, which has always been one of the world’s leading countries in fencing, with their coaches being highly sought after for their expertise and unique technical fencing skills. Hajdu has studied under the world famous Hungarian Master, Professor Lukovitch, and it is expected that his energetic approach will give an injection of impetus to the fast growing club.

They are proud to have aroused professional interest, and give credit to ex-world champion and Olympic medallist, Allan Jay from North Perrott, who is their honorary president and who discovered that Hajdu was due to come to live in the West Country.

Shirley Parker, founder of the Bridport-based outfit, was herself an international and Olympic fencer, but having only fenced and taught foil decided that the time was right to introduce epee and sabre, the other two modern weapons. All three weapon skills will now be taught as an option, after first learning foil fencing.

Parker, who has been coaching on her own for the past four months, said: “I am delighted to have some professional help at last.

“Csaba is young and will keep all my fencers on their toes, but our seniors have been brilliant in assisting me with teaching, when they really joined the club to learn or improve their own fencing.”

The new coach is particularly keen to start sabre fencing within the club.

Sabre is his weapon of choice and is a particular strength in Hungary, so it is hoped that with the introduction of the two new weapons, members will be encouraged to develop some new fighting skills.

The club meets every Thursday during term time at Sir John Colfox School, Bridport from 6pm to 9pm.

All are welcome, whether experienced fencers or beginners, and the club caters for ages eight and up.