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Leon Paul High Performance Project

Leon Paul High Performance Project

During the COVID lockdown, the team at Leon Paul wrestled with the age-old question, what are the barriers to fencers in the UK to achieving results at national level and

International Lunch Club

International Lunch Club

As Ben Paul mentioned in his blog ‘Cooking with Swords’, we have a Lunch Club at Leon Paul with only one simple rule… You never talk about Lunch Club! Ben

DT, Run, Sleep, Repeat – Life on the Directoire Technique

DT, Run, Sleep, Repeat – Life on the Directoire Technique

The 2020 European Cadet & Junior Fencing Championships took place in Poreč, Croatia, during the backend of February and start of March this year. I was selected as one of

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

"Oh sweet coffee, I adore thee". At one point or another (Monday mornings, we're looking at you!) in our lives we've probably all been there and thought that thought. But, on a scale from zero to caffeine-junkie, how deep is the love between fencers and coffee? And even more interesting: is there a correlation between your intake of the magical black brew and the weapon you fence? We've called in an expert in the matter, our very own Jon Willis, to share the results of many years of (semi)-serious study with you. Are you ready for the results ;)? Then read on!   Continue reading →

DT for Copenhagen

DT for Copenhagen

Following a seamless journey to Copenhagen via Heathrow, Francine Robb and myself boarded the train to Gentofte where this season's Copenhagen Cadet Epee EFC tournament was taking place.  We had been asked by our friends at the Hellerup Club to head up the DT for 6th edition of this fabulous event. Continue reading →

“Because it’s there”

“Because it’s there”

In March 1923, George Mallory was asked by the New York Times “Why did you climb Mt. Everest?” to which he replied “Because it’s there”. Probably the most famous three

Not running the London Marathon, yet…

Not running the London Marathon, yet…

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I was due to run the London Marathon at the end of the month (April 2020). Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, all

Running into Retirement

Running into Retirement

What does an international fencer do when they retire? I stopped fencing in June 2012 with the European Championships in Italy being my final event. Barring a few little fun

A Leon Paul Fencing Centre Wedding

A Leon Paul Fencing Centre Wedding

December 2016, Emily & I were chasing the Northern Lights on a holiday in Iceland when I asked her to marry me. While the aurora borealis might have escaped us, she said yes. We had to wait to set the date, I didn’t want any clashes with the European or World Championships but following the publication of the international fencing calendar a suitable date was found and the challenge of finding a venue was next. Continue reading →

Running a Fencing Competition - Jon Willis

Running a Fencing Competition - Jon Willis

By Jon Willis Last year, after I had run a cadet competition, I overheard a fencer refer to me as ‘the man who organises competitions’.  Initially, it dented my ego to think that I’m known more for running competitions than my exploits with an epee.  I only retired a few years ago! However, I’m delighted to have been able to remain in fencing, to use my competitive experience to improve the standard of events in the UK and help the sport grow. Continue reading →

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Leon Paul High Performance Project

Leon Paul High Performance Project

During the COVID lockdown, the team at Leon Paul wrestled with the age-old question, what are the barriers to fencers in the UK to achieving results at national level and

“Because it’s there”

“Because it’s there”

In March 1923, George Mallory was asked by the New York Times “Why did you climb Mt. Everest?” to which he replied “Because it’s there”. Probably the most famous three

International Lunch Club

International Lunch Club

As Ben Paul mentioned in his blog ‘Cooking with Swords’, we have a Lunch Club at Leon Paul with only one simple rule… You never talk about Lunch Club! Ben

Not running the London Marathon, yet…

Not running the London Marathon, yet…

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I was due to run the London Marathon at the end of the month (April 2020). Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, all

DT, Run, Sleep, Repeat – Life on the Directoire Technique

DT, Run, Sleep, Repeat – Life on the Directoire Technique

The 2020 European Cadet & Junior Fencing Championships took place in Poreč, Croatia, during the backend of February and start of March this year. I was selected as one of

Running into Retirement

Running into Retirement

What does an international fencer do when they retire? I stopped fencing in June 2012 with the European Championships in Italy being my final event. Barring a few little fun

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

Fencers and Coffee - a (semi-serious) study about a special bond

"Oh sweet coffee, I adore thee". At one point or another (Monday mornings, we're looking at you!) in our lives we've probably all been there and thought that thought. But, on a scale from zero to caffeine-junkie, how deep is the love between fencers and coffee? And even more interesting: is there a correlation between your intake of the magical black brew and the weapon you fence? We've called in an expert in the matter, our very own Jon Willis, to share the results of many years of (semi)-serious study with you. Are you ready for the results ;)? Then read on!   Continue reading →

A Leon Paul Fencing Centre Wedding

A Leon Paul Fencing Centre Wedding

December 2016, Emily & I were chasing the Northern Lights on a holiday in Iceland when I asked her to marry me. While the aurora borealis might have escaped us, she said yes. We had to wait to set the date, I didn’t want any clashes with the European or World Championships but following the publication of the international fencing calendar a suitable date was found and the challenge of finding a venue was next. Continue reading →

DT for Copenhagen

DT for Copenhagen

Following a seamless journey to Copenhagen via Heathrow, Francine Robb and myself boarded the train to Gentofte where this season's Copenhagen Cadet Epee EFC tournament was taking place.  We had been asked by our friends at the Hellerup Club to head up the DT for 6th edition of this fabulous event. Continue reading →

Running a Fencing Competition - Jon Willis

Running a Fencing Competition - Jon Willis

By Jon Willis Last year, after I had run a cadet competition, I overheard a fencer refer to me as ‘the man who organises competitions’.  Initially, it dented my ego to think that I’m known more for running competitions than my exploits with an epee.  I only retired a few years ago! However, I’m delighted to have been able to remain in fencing, to use my competitive experience to improve the standard of events in the UK and help the sport grow. Continue reading →

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