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Fencing - Scherma
Olympic sport since 1896

Introduction to the sport

Fencing is a complete sport that combines physic and mental skills. In fact many champions reach their best results around their thirties, whereas athletes in other sports reach their pensionable age.

On the physical area you will work on strength, speed, flexibility, coordination, power and balance.

On the mental area you will work the abilities to get focussed, problem solving, tactical analysis, creativity and respect.

Fencing is a safe environment. Sport values include respect for colleagues and yourself, for the rules and the referee, even for the equipment. Fencing is a combat sport, but contact is forbidden. Stringent equipment regulations make it one of the safest sports. All these values and abilities can be practised in a formal and ludic environment where each participant tries to touch the opponent without being touched.

The activity in Budokai

The fencing section in the JRC clubhouse in offers a space where to make your first steps in fencing or where to rehearsal your fencing abilities, if you are already experienced.

Courses and Calendar
Fencing groups will be limited and coherent with the experience and age of the fencers. At this moment, Season 2023-24, we organise two courses:
  • Young (>9y and teenagers): Will practice sable (sciabola).
  • Adults (adults and teenagers with adequate experience): Will practice sword (spada).
Courses take place on Wednesday afternoon. Kids start at 17:30, Adults at 18:45.
The courses take place once per week and mainly follow the JRC and European School calendars.
The calendar is enclosed below.

Foil (fioretto) enthusiasts: Show up and we will organise a new group :-). The writer of this lines loves foil too.

What we don't do
Fencing is properly taught but we do not take part in fencing competitions. If you are interested we will kindly inform you of other clubs where you may be able to engage in regular competitions. 

The activity is organised by club members and adapted to club members needs and interests. It is implemented with the help of qualified instructors. For more information, please, contact us at scherma@budokai.it

Who we are
We started as a group of JRC adults who had previously practised fencing and where looking for a place where to keep on practising it. The group grew to welcome sons of colleagues who were keen on trying fencing. Through time we have organised multiple groups from 6 years old to adults in all modalities: foil, sword, sable and even plastic fencing for the smallest ones. We carry on with the activity out of passion and on a voluntarily basis.

The lessons are taught by Nicola Guarnaccia, pupil of the maestro and champion Antonio Pagano. Nicola himself has numerous professional and athletic qualifications and, most important of all, he enjoys transmitting his passion in sport and fencing in particular.
  • Maestro di educazoione motoria nella scuola primaria
  • Laurea magistrale in scienze motorie
  • Laurea di primo livello in scienze dell’attività fisica e motoria
  • Diploma preparatore atletico CSEN-CONI
  • Tecnico di primo nivello della FIS
  • Arbitro nazionale alle 3 armi

  • Varie presenze coppa del mondo under 20
  • 2 coppa del mondo satellite assoluti amsterdam
  • 3 classificati a squadre campionato italiano a squadre A2
  • Arbitro maratona Parigi 2020
  • Arbitro campionati italiani assoluti Cassino 2021

Edoardo Dell’Orto, pupil of Antonio Pagano and Simeone Sartorelli, collaborates with us too. He once tried fencing at the age of 8 and, using his own words, felt in love of this sport, which he keeps on practicing.

He practices fencing for more than 12 years, sable to be more precise, taking part in countless regional and national competitions, including some international participations. Beyond all competitive experience he takes out the sportsmanship and respect that we all share in fencing and that he is keen on teaching.

Location and Installations
Lessons take place in the JRC clubhouse at the multi-sports hall. Please, have a look, here, at the rules to use the sport-hall.

The sports-hall has: ground heating, integrated changing rooms and storage room, 5 marked fencing pistes of which 2 are equipped with electric signalling, one with a FullArm07 the other one with a FullArm01.

(Season 2022-23) For the kids group, we will try to organise two optional activities:
   - one lesson exchange together with kids from another school
   - participation in a one day competition together with kids from other schools
Details and conditions to be confirmed.

  • Young (>9y): The course will be confirmed with, minimum 7 requests. No more than 11 participants will be accepted.
  • Adults (adults and teenagers with adequate experience): The course will be confirmed with, minimum 5 requests. 
Inscriptions will be open first open for participants of the previous course. Otherwise, first come first served.

The course fee is 77€/trimestre (Season 2023-24)

You need to bring your usual athletic clothing and non-marking indoor sport shoes.

Besides, each fencer is expected to bring its own fencing equipment. Yet, we have a minimum set of equipment that can be used by athletes who are starting to practice fencing.

The club equipment used to be shared among new athletes during each session. The pandemic situation, and in due respect to regulations, the possibility of sharing equipment may no longer be possible. Details will be provided as the situation evolves.

Test lessons
We are keen to welcome Budokai members to see if you enjoy both the sport and the group. You can practice for a couple of lessons without having to pay the course fee.

For insurance reasons, you have to be a fully registered member with: the request approved, valid medical certificate and paid membership fee.  

Who and How
Courses are open to anybody, both JRC and non-JRC employees and families(*).

Access to the premisses and to the courses is only possible to course registered members. The registration is fully on-line. Notice that:
   1. you should register to the website, then
   2. you should request membership(i) to the club and finally
   3. you can apply(ii) to the courses.
See the details in the section 'How to enrol'.

Please, allow for time to process and evaluate your requests to the volunteers organising the courses.
(i) New membership requests are evaluated weekly. Requests should be submitted, the latest, the Saturday before the 1st lesson that you intend to attend. / Renewals can be done by yourself in the website.
(ii) Subject to availability and suitability of the candidate to the course.
(*) If strictly necessary, precedence will be given to JRC members.

Give it a try!


   OPEN DAY Wednesday 27.Sep.2023 (Only this day, no need for registration).
   Come and try the fencing.
   - Kids at 17:30
   - Teens and adults at 18:45