Our Fencing Instructors

Oksana Babaeva

Oksana Babaeva

Oksana has a Specialist Diploma in Physical Education and Sport from the Uzbek State Institute of Physical Education 1989, and is a holder of the Soviet Master of Sport Degree.

As five time senior national foil champion of Uzbekistan, she was appointed junior national coach 1998.

Oksana is now a British Fencing Level 4 coach.

Trevor Langford

Trevor Langford

Trevor Langford has been fencing for over 33 years as a competitor, coach, club leader and county organiser. Having experience of competitions over a period of twenty years and a raft of qualifications including the Advanced Level British Academy of Fencing Awards in all three weapons, Trevor is a valuable member of our coaching team.

In addition to coaching at Kingston, Trevor also coaches part time at a number of other clubs having recently retired from a thirteen year career of full time coaching.

Together with Lance Larsen, Trevor coaches the junior beginners, and together with Joe Shackell, he coaches the adult beginners. Trevor also gives one-to-one lessons in all 3 weapons to adult fencers.

Lance Larsen

Lance Larsen

Lance Larsen has been a professional coach for over 20 years. He started fencing at Spokane Fencers Unlimited in Washington, USA, under his first coach, Jack Warner.

He was then trained by Maitre Leon Auriol who encouraged Lance to take up coaching as a career and introduced him to a school for fencing coaches in Dinard, France, where he was trained by Roland Genest and Jacques Reihles. After graduation Lance moved back to Los Angeles and taught at Westside Fencing Center for six years before moving to London.

Lance currently teaches at St. Pauls School and at several clubs in the west of London as well as the City. He has qualifications with the American Coaching Effectiveness Program, as a Prevost D'Armes from the Ecole Nationale de Maitre D'Armes and as a Professor of fencing from the British Academy of Fencing.

Together with Trevor Langford, Lance coaches the junior beginners, and gives one-to-one lessons in all 3 weapons to adult fencers.

Joe Shackell

Joe Shackell

Joseph "Joe" Shackell started fencing when he was a pupil at Coombe Boys School (when it was known as Beverley Boys School). He has been on both the domestic and international fencing circuit and only retired from competition fencing five years ago. His weapons are foil and sabre.

Joe has been the fencing coach at Epsom College, Kings College School and Wimbledon High School for Girls for the past 15 years.

Together with Trevor Langford, Joe coaches the adult beginners and gives one-to-one lessons in foil and sabre. He is also a Committee Member for Kingston Fencing Club.

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