How to Improve

So you want to take your fencing to the next level?

Improving at any sport is about purposeful practice and time on task and fencing is no different. If you are training less than five days a week, do more fencing! Practice more, but just as important, practice well.

Fencing skill is only one aspect though and once you know how to fence, your fencing fitness and mindset become more important.

There is a necessary process to go through – you learn to fence; then you learn to compete and then you learn to win! That process can be frustrating, but worth the investment at each stage.

If you are fencing and competing regularly, you will want to increase your physical and mental capacity to deal with higher levels of competition. You can add in one or more of our specialist 30 minute focus classes

Mon 6pm Fencing Mindfulness

Tues 6pm FencingFit

Wed 6pm Gamesense

Thur 6pm FencingFit

At Salle Ossian, we believe that nothing works like hard work works. And the harder you work, the more we will work for you.

Rory Retains British Title

Rory Mclellan won the 2019 British Cadet Championships at Sportsdock in London for the second year running.

He had a great day out showing his full recovery and improvement since his injury fencing in Germany last year. Winning all his preliminary bouts he was seeded 5th out of 64 of the best fencers in the UK.

He improved all day with an impressive 15-4 semi-final wins and emphatic 15-7 win in the final.

This result sets him up nicely for GB international selection over the next few months.

Focus on Kate



Kate is 22 years old, from Dalgety Bay in Scotland and has been fencing since she was seven. She has won multiple Scottish, British and Commonwealth Championships and is the current British University and British U23 Champion and a regular member of the Scottish and GB Teams.  

Having now completed her degree at Heriot Watt University, she decided to train full time, aiming towards the 2024 Olympics. She is also working as a community coach, delivering health and fitness sessions in schools and to community groups with special needs.

It’s a huge commitment for Kate and family.  For example, in the last few months of the season she will be competing at the European U23 Championships in Plovidiv, the Senior European Championships in Dusseldorf and the World University Games in Naples. She has also been selected for the senior World Championships in Budapest, the first Scottish woman for over 20 years!

Despite her success, what you may not know, is that for an aspiring athlete like Kate, there is no national funding. She has to cover not only my own costs, but also those of my coach and any officials who have to travel with me to these events.  As well as support from her family and her club, Kate has to raise £5,000 each year to cover the cost of competing and representing Scotland and GB.

Kate is typical of the talent and determination we strive for at Salle Ossian.  If you’d like to support our club efforts, please get in touch.

Riposta Cup

Magnificent performances by Josh Bryden took him through to the semi-finals of the prestigious Riposta Cup. Held in Bucharest each year, this event attracted over 50 fencers from across Eastern Europe and China. Josh is the first Scot to make the journey. He won all his poule fights and progressed as the no.3 seed, eventually winning the bronze medal.

World Championships GB Selection

Well done to Sam Freeman and Rory McLellan on their selection on to the GB team for the World Championships in Torun, Poland on 7th April 2019.  Both boys have impressed selectors with their high quality international fencing in the past few months and it’s a great honour indeed for Salle Ossian Fencing Club to take two of the three places available to GB fencers for what is the highest accolade in GB youth fencing.  We wish them every success!