Join our monthly coaching seminars in St Albans. Whether you are looking to qualify as a coach, further your qualifications, or develop your knowledge and connect with like-minded coaches, our sessions our experience coach educators can cater for all levels and abilities.

Next B.A.F Coach Seminar:

Saturday 30th October, 2-5pm 

St Albans

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Hertfordshire Combat Centre
5, The Dencora Centre, Campfield Rd,

St Albans AL1 5HN, UK

Nearest train station: St Albans City (5-10 mins walk)



Maitre d'Escrime Tony Middleton

Tony has been coaching fencing for over 10 years, holds the B.A.F Diploma (Level 5) in Foil & Epee, and is Chairman of the Hertfordshire Fencing Association. He is Head Coach of Hitchin Fencing Club and St Albans Fencing Club. His students have achieved results at both county level and national finals. He is also a fight choreographer for theatre, and a professional magician. See

Professor Phil Carson

Phil has been involved in fencing for over 40 years and has been supplying the GB cadet and junior teams for the European and World Championships every year since 2006.  His fencers are Scottish, British and Commonwealth Champions and for the first time in over 20 years, a Scot has made it to the senior World Championships under his guidance.  Classically trained by the British Academy of Fencing, his main influences have come from Peter Frohlich (HUN), Ed Korfanty (USA) and Vladimir Diachenko (RUS). He has contributed to developing some of the most successful sabre clubs in London and Sydney before settling down in Scotland. He has coached at Salle Ossian Fencing Club since 2013 where he developed the first Constraints-Led Coach Education System for fencing.  


We follow the British Academy of Fencing syllabus, and qualifications are recognised by British Fencing for their coach register. 

Completion of B.A.F Level 1 allows you to work as an Assistant Coach under the instruction of a Level 2 qualified coach or above.
Completion of B.A.F Level 2 upwards allows you to run your own club (once you have completed the other requirements of the B.F.A Register).
For more information click here:…/coaching-standards/become…/

The British Academy of Fencing is the acknowledged coaching organisation for the sport of fencing in the United Kingdom. It offers a coaching pathway from beginner coach to Fencing Master, dating back to its formation by Henry VIII.

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