Wheelchair users are very welcome in all of our classes, but if you would like to try an inclusive, exciting new sport, we would be delighted to introduce you to wheelchair cane fencing – a form of Canne de Combat.
Sessions run on the first Tuesday of each month. More information here
Canne de Combat is a traditional French stick fighting art consisting of striking techniques, blocks, feints and combinations. It is a long range, graceful art, involving stylish striking and athletic movement. In all free play (sparring) and in competition, padded clothing, gloves and headguards are worn. You can build up your fitness and progress at your own pace. We include ‘sparring skills’ for anyone who would like to learn to spar, as well as sparring sessions for intermediate and advanced students. Several members of the Academy have represented Great Britain in European and World Championship competitions.
Canne de Combat is a sister art of Savate (pronounced sa-vat) which uses effective hand strikes and dynamic kicks, and was a demonstration sport in the Paris Olympic Games in 1924. The skills of Canne and Savate are sometimes combined in the form of Canne Chausson.