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.


Ranelagh & Fildes Cups 2017

3 Jul 2017

A good day's fencing yesterday for the Ranelagh & Fildes (ladies) Cups.  We had two pools of 7 with the top lady and gent from each fencing for their respective Cup.

Ingrid Heskett won the ladies' event with Caryl Oliver highest-placed lady member; the men's final was contested by brothers Philippe and Alain Barbasiewicz, with the latter winning by 1 hit on time.

Other fencers were Lawrence Burr, Alastair Gerrard, Julie Henson, Steve Lennox, Mariette Mason, David Partridge, Anton Pollard, Jeff and Noam Rosenbaum.  Thanks go to Malcolm Allton and Pat Casey for refereeing.

CIO Update

13 Jun 2017

Check out our CIO page for the latest news on our Charitable Incorporated Organisation which supports GB épée.

Epée Club Cup - Results

11 Jun 2017

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 Epée Club Cup yesterday, held at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre.

A good day of fencing with Arthur Lannigan O'Keefe winning the Cup; Jason Scrimshaw and Georgina Summers were highest-placed vet and lady respectively.

Final results can be found here.

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 ]