Fencing Lesson Sunderland

Fencing Lesson Sunderland

Find your inner Jedi warrior when you go fencing in Sunderland! These lessons take place in a purpose-built adventure sports centre in Roker where specialist fencing instructors will be on hand to show you the basics of this most chivalrous of sports.

Fencing is an excellent work out for both mind and body. An intense fencing match can burn up to 400 calories and gives you core strength muscle training and a masterclass in balance coordination and even tactical thinking. It’s all about having the moves to outwit your opponent and managing your concentration and focus.

These taster lessons are designed to give you an insight in the the world of fencing. To master it takes a lifetime and there are lots of rules and regulations to learn in competitive fencing but these sessions offer you the chance to ‘have a go’ and get a feel for what facing your opponent feels like.

There are three different types of fencing weapon namely the foil the sabre and the epee. All come in both adult and smaller sizes for mini fencers (this Sunderland school accepts those from aged six upwards) and in left or right-handed versions too. The protective gear you need to fence is also included as part of your lesson – so you just need to bring yourself and your wits!

One essential thing that all fencers learn early on is the tradition of handshakes and saluting your opponent before a bout. These all hark back to the aristocratic origins of the sport whilst reflecting the discipline fencing commands. Having saluted it’s time to be on guard step lunge and take part in a few parries with your partner.

Great fun for all ages we are offering fencing lessons in Sunderland for two to four people. Under the watchful eye of the fencing instructors you’ll get a superb introduction to the sport during your two hour lesson. Breeches and jackets on it’s time to fence!

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Learn to Play Polo Lincolnshire

Learn to Play Polo Lincolnshire

If you’ve always wanted to learn to play polo but have never even held a mallet before these polo experiences in Lincolnshire are for you! We are offering a two-hour taster and a full day polo workshop to teach you all the basics of this most noble of sports on horseback.

The first question beginners always ask about learning polo is if you have to be an accomplished horse rider. The answer is no as the the skills you need to develop to play polo are quite different to the traditional English style of horse riding so everyone from total beginners to those with riding experience are very welcome.

Learning to play polo starts on the ground as you are shown the polo swing on foot. Once you’ve got the four essential types of shot sorted it’s time to learn the polo riding techniques. Time to meet your Argentinian polo pony who’ll be your trusty mount. As well as the fast and furious match ponies this polo school has calmer training ponies so you’ll be building confidence as you ride.

The next stage of your polo lesson is to combine the two sessions. You’ll be on horseback doing some ‘stick and ball’ manoeuvres where you ride and hit the white polo ball. This all takes coordination and concentration but with the wise words of the professional instructor to teach and encourage you you can hope to be assertively striking the ball.

For those on the two-hour taster your experience rounds off at this stage. Pupils on the full day course cover all the same skills in the morning and break for a convivial BBQ lunch (there are excellent facilities at this renowned Leadenham polo club including clubhouse and hot tub!).

Refuelled and ready the afternoon session of the full day polo experience will be spent learning the rules of polo play. You’ll then head out to that perfectly levelled and maintained polo field to play your very first chukka (that’s a period of play in polo – see you’re even sounding like a polo player now!).

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Historical Martial Arts Training

Historical Martial Arts Training

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday – Historical European Martial Arts training! If you’ve tried the likes of fencing Jujitsu and boxing these lessons in Western martial arts bring traditional self-defence and combat arts from centuries ago back to the fore. These one to one individual or exclusive group sessions are a great introduction and you can choose between Bartitsu and HEMA workshops. 

This European martial arts centre in the heart of Birmingham is a focal point for disciplines such as Bartitsu and HEMA in the UK and beyond. It’s staffed by experts in these fields of historical European martial arts which are seeing a huge resurgence in popularity. After all it’s not just the Far East that has its culture of martial arts – any country that has engaged in combat will have its own style of martial art. This school specialises in 14th century European martial arts from Italy as well as Edward Barton-Wright’s late 19th century discipline of Bartitsu.

The HEMA workshop take you through the basics of swordplay as it was done in the 14th Century teaching you the basic cuts and the first series of interlinked techniques for attack and defence with a long sword. The sword fighting skills taught during these HEMA classes have been resurrected from the study of historical documents and manuscripts of Flore Dei Liberi bringing the old European fighting style from Italy back to life in Brum. Liberi had a 40-year career as a sword master during which he nor anyone he taught was ever defeated in single combat.

The Bartitsu training is faithful to creator Barton-Wright’s teachings of his combined self-defence martial art from the Victorian era. Bartitsu was immortalised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with his hero Sherlock Holmes using the combat skills to fend off arch rival Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland in his ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ story. Bartitsu has also been used in several of the recent Sherlock films so there’s a definite revival of Holmes’ martial arts! For the Bartitsu workshops it’s all about your hands and feet with a little help from the ultimate London gentleman’s accessory – a walking stick or an umbrella.

Yes both workshops sound pretty flamboyant don’t they? But in reality they are both also excellent self-defence and fitness training – and pretty fascinating at the same time too. During your two-hour sessions you will learn the basic skills of your chosen historical European martial arts style. Just bring along yourself with a willingness to learn and get physical with those fighting hands and feet in this safe and controlled Western martial arts environment. 

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Golf in the Glencoe Valley

Golf in the Glencoe Valley

Tee off in the Highlands with a round of Glencoe golf! The Dragon’s Tooth golf course is just lovely. It’s right in the heart of the West Highlands of Scotland at the foot of the mighty Glencoe Valley. This course has been beautifully nurtured since 2002 and offers a fun course with stunning views.

Now you might think a golf course in the hilly Lochaber region would mean slogging up steep hills to reach the greens. Far from it at Dragon’s Tooth. Very skilfully thought out by golf course designer Rob Hisemen (whose portfolio also includes the prestigious Royal Golf Club at Riffa Views in Bahrain with Colin Montgomerie) the greens make the most of the natural lay of the land to create what is actually a gentle meandering course on undulating land.

What strikes any golfer teeing off here at Dragon’s Tooth is the vistas from the elevated greens. The fairways seem to plunge into the shores of Loch Linnhe framed by the Ben Vhair mountain range beyond. And indeed there are lots of golf courses in the Lochaber area but we think Dragon’s Tooth has to be one of the prettiest and most accessible for all levels of golfer.

It’s a 5003 yard course with a par 69/67 and rather unusually there are nine holes and nine greens but 18 tees at Dragon’s Tooth. Described as being ‘very pleasing to the eye’ you’ll find some delightful features such as the old oaks overhanging the fairways on the second green and the monkey puzzle tree at the third. There are also deep bunkers the river that runs through the hole golf course tricky dog legs burns and bushes for you to negotiate too.

These Glencoe golf greens are created using USGA (United States Golf Association) methods which delivers firm year-round putting greens so you can play golf in Glencoe in all four seasons. We’re loving the names of the holes on the scorecard too. See if you can sink a birdie on the Two Monkeys or perhaps nice hole in one on The Pap? Watch out for the par 4 Hazardous Snake and try to avoid a bogey on the Scunner!

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Jump In Trampoline Arenas

Jump In Trampoline Arenas

Get into the groove and bounce bounce bounce at a trampoline arena! These huge indoor parks are really capturing the imagination of the nation allowing you to go jumping bouncing and boinging your way around on and over a multitude of modules. It’s time to get the spring back into your life!

There are trampoline parks and then there are trampoline arenas. To be classed as an arena the jump park has to cover at least 30 000 square feet – and that’s just the category we’re talking about here for these experiences. Quite frankly these places are vast. When you walk in for the first time you’re bound to look around wide-eyed in awe at it all. With brilliantly vivid colours and funky lighting they are dazzling bright and fantastic too.

So much more fun and inviting than your usual fitness gym the wonderful world of trampolining successfully gives you a physical workout whilst having the most fun you’ve had since you went on a baby trampoline at the seaside all those years ago. What’s more these indoor trampoline arenas actively welcome all ages so you can amaze the kids with your fancy somersault moves…or perhaps you’ll just embarrassingly bounce everywhere like a supercharged grinning Tigger?

And if you’re thinking a big warehouse full of trampolines doesn’t actually sound that exciting think again. The arenas are filled with vertical and horizontal bouncers and a whole lot more. There are bounce-able basketball corners balance beam battles foam pits and rope swings. There’s even a trampoline run where you can practice your floor gymnastics à la Beth Tweddle or just love the sensation of running along on a massively springy surface!

We reckon with these trampoline arenas springing up around the country it’s time to ditch the gym membership gather the family and go for a bouncing session together. Or maybe get a group of ‘up for it’ work mates sorted buy your vouchers and get the boing going. What’s more your voucher includes a bottle of water (it’s thirsty work all that leaping around) and a pair of special trampolining grippy socks that are yours to keep.

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