The Épée Club

of Great Britian

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Founded in 1900, the Epée Club pre-dates the British Fencing Association (BFA) and in the early years was left to organise épée fencing. In 1901 it held an international assault at arms at Steinway Hall and on the following Sunday held a team competition at the Hurlingham Club where the Club still holds its summer pools. The Épée Club has provided the cups (on loan to the BFA) for nearly all the major épée competitions held in the UK – including the art nouveau “Les Armes de France” men’s individual trophy, the Savage Shield (Dr George Savage, 1904), the Ranelagh Cup women’s individual, the Grose Hodge for the women’s team event. Alexander Miller-Hallett presented a cup for International Competition in 1928. The men’s international A Grade that was originally the Challenge Martini became the Épée Club Trophy, the Cup being given to the Épée Club by John Glasswell for loan to the BFA.

The Épée Club has been continuously active since its foundation.


Marmalade 2018

5 Sep 2018

I've had reports back of a very pleasant time had at the Marmalade Trophy chez Edmund's last Saturday.

There were 7 fencers in all - Malcolm Allton, Rob & Sue Brooks, Edmund Gray, Ralph Johnson, David Partridge and Ken Pearman - with Ralph emerging victorious.

Lavradio Cup 2018

30 Jul 2018

The Lavradio Cup was held on Saturday at the Hurlingham Club with 6 fencers in total – Phil Barbasiewicz, Rob and Sue Brooks, Alp Orge, Anton Pollard and myself – with a good number of non-fencing members and guests also in attendance.

For the third time in a row, the event was decided by a barrage which in this case was between Philippe and myself – the latter winning 5-4 in extra time.

Ranelagh Cup 2018

13 Jul 2018

The Ranelagh Cup, held the weekend before last, was hotly contested in every sense.  We had a total of 11 fencers start – yes, eleven! – and frankly too many spectators to list in addition to a good number of onlookers on account of the Hurlingham’s garden party.

The roster of fencers included guest Kola Ayanwale, Phil Barbasiewicz, Tony Bartlett, Tony Bowran, Andrew Brannon, Rob and Sue Brooks, Edmund Gray, Tristan Lane, Steve Lennox and myself.

On reflection we should have split the group into two poules, however, we attempted a poule unique after which Tristan and Andrew fought a barrage to decide the victor. The Cup was eventually claimed by Andrew, a mere 27 years since he last won it!

Origins of Épée

The sport of fencing has its roots in training young gentlemen how to survive a duel (the name 'fencing' comes from "The noble art and science of defence") and has evolved into a fast, exciting modern sport. Modern fencing is fought in three very different styles, each with its own sword – the foil, épée and sabre. Épée is the most practised weapon in the sport of modern fencing, and the Épée Club boasts some of the UK's best fencers with the weapon – both past and present. [ more ]