Fencing KZN is alive and experiencing a re-growth in our province. We are pleased to see a groundswell of new talent emerging, and it is wonderful to see some of of the older stalwarts of yesteryear back at competitions and helping the new fencers to improve.
There is a rich history of fencing in KwaZulu-Natal dating back to mid 20th century with numerous clubs in the province. If any of the older generation have interesting memories and long forgotten nuggets of information, please contact us so we can record them.
There are currently 2 fencing clubs in KwaZulu-Natal. The University of KwaZulu-Natal club is based at the Old Mutual Sports Hall in Francois Rd, Durban and has a rich history in the sport. The second club is based in Hillcrest, and was established in mid 2013. We are looking to open clubs in various areas throughout KZN, so if you have a group of interested people, we would love to hear from you. For further details, contact numbers, etc, see our Clubs page.
We hold four Fencing KZN Closed competitions per year. These competitions are open to all Fencing KZN registered fencers, and the results provide the provincial ranking lists across all age groups. Hosting of these events is shared by the clubs.
In addition to the Closed competitions, Fencing KZN hosts the KwaZulu-Natal Open competition annually. This competition is a South African Fencing Association event and brings the cream of South African fencing to our province. All fencers registered with SAFA may participate. The event is hosted at the Old Mutual Sports Hall at the University of KwaZulu-Natal which is ideally suited to cater for the number of participants.
For upcoming competition information, see our Calendar page.
What age group can fence?
Our members range from 8 years old to mid 70’s, so it is an excellent way for all to exercise. It is also an ideal sport for family participation.
How can I start fencing?
Choose the club which is closest to you, and phone the contact number listed on the Clubs page. Both clubs do have some equipment to use, so you do not have to outlay funds for gear until you make a commitment to the sport. Wear a tracksuit or similar with some trainers, squash shoes, etc when starting out. The training formats vary between clubs, so contact your preferred club for more details. Training days for each club are also displayed on the Clubs page.
We are fortunate to have the services of Aydar Zabbarov as coach. He has an excellent pedigree having competed at the highest levels of the sport. Aydar provides one on one training at both clubs. Prices are available on the Training page.