The exercising of weapons putteth away aches, griefs and diseases, it expelleth melancholic, cholericks and evil conceit; it keepeth a man in breath, perfect health and long life.
G. Silver 1599
Membership Secretary: Stefan Leponis
Applying for Membership of the BAF
To obtain an application form to join the BAF, please contact the membership secretary above.
The completed form should be sent to the Membership Secretary, along with copies of relevant qualifications as well as the relevant fees.
The membership fee for 2017-2018 is £60 plus a one of admin fee of £8.
Who may apply for Membership of the BAF?
- All qualified coaches may apply for membership of the BAF.
- For holders of qualifications NOT issued by the BAF, it shall be at the discretion of the Committee to decide on both acceptance and at what level of membership should be offered to the applicant.
Coaches who are actively coaching in the UK should be on the British Fencing Coach Register. This is to help ensure that all fencing coaches in the UK meet minimum safeguarding standards..
Note: The final decision on every application to join the BAF shall remain with the Committee.
For further details on how to apply for membership please contact the Membership Secretary
Categories of Membership
Membership of the BAF is highly prized by those accepted into membership. As well as denoting professionalism, potential employers recognise and value the status of fencing coaches holding BAF qualifications 'Associate', 'Member', 'Provost', 'Maître d’Escrime' and 'Master' (Maître d’Armes). There are several categories of membership:
Master (Maître d’Armes)- Fencing Coaches who have passed The Academy's Diploma Examination, Written Papers and Practical Examinations in all three weapons, or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.
Maître d'Escrime - Fencing Coaches who have passed the Diploma Examination of The Academy at one or two weapons, or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.
Provost - Fencing Coaches holding the Provost Certificate of the British Academy of Fencing or who have passed The Academy's Advanced Examination Written Papers and Practical Examinations in all three weapons or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.
Member - Fencing Coaches who have passed a British Academy of Fencing Level 2 or 3 Examination or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.
Associate - Fencing Coaches who have passed the British Academy of Fencing Level 1 Examination or those who hold equivalent qualifications accepted by the Committee.
Retired - Members who are no longer active in coaching.
Overseas - Members who have had a close relationship with The Academy and who reside abroad.
In addition to the above are the following special categories:
President of Honour
Vice-Presidents of Honour