Sat, 15 Aug | MEET by Google

Conquering Nerves & Anxiety | WKSHP (online)

// RICHARD KRUSE (GBR) + OLIVER LAM-WATSON (GBR) + RESIDENT COACHES Foil & Epee online workshop with Q&A's, high intensity training, complete with Conquering Nerves & Anxiety sport psychology session led by Thomas Cunningham-Fahie. Language: English
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Time & Location

15 Aug 2020, 17:00 BST – 16 Aug 2020, 20:00 BST
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This two day workshop is delivered in three parts online via MEET by Google and is designed for young athletes aged 8 – 17, dedicated to the foil and epee, competing in all respective age categories. 

The online series aims to improve technique, with tactical strategy explaining application during a bout, concluded with a sport psychology session to understand why conquering nerves & anxiety is important for performance, how to focus on the right information, and practice strategies for conquering nerves & anxiety; skills that may be applied both on and off the piste.



Richard Kruse is a British fencer who specialises in the foil discipline. He has represented Great Britain at the Summer Olympics four times. In 2015, he was part of the Great Britain team that shocked Olympic champions Italy to win the first European Games gold in team foil, the first British gold medal in a team fencing event at World or European level for fifty years. On the 24th of July, 2018, he won silver in the World Fencing Championships individual men's foil event in Wuxi, China, winning the first medal for a British individual event fencer since Bill Hoskyns took silver for the men's Épée event in the World Championships in Paris in 1965.


After making the decision not to amputate his leg around two years ago, he began a journey of self discovery to see what his life as a young disabled man could be. To see what he was capable of. Through gym and fitness he began challenging himself, but needed a more competitive element, thus took up wheelchair fencing and soon became an inspiring member of team GBR.



Young promise of the master’s Italian school with national and international experience in high level fencing – SalleRepublic (U.K.) co-founder, Project Fencing (Italy) co-founder, Z Fencing (Singapore) coach partner, Maestro of Accademia della Scherma Livorno (Italy), and staff teacher for the U17 & U20 Indian national team.


Gold medalist and Champion of the South East Asian (SEA) Games, Coach Brennan has helped establish a new identity for Filipino fencing and continues to train, with US National Coach, Misha Itkin, in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, whilst being instrumental in the development training of his younger brother, Bryce Louie, one of America’s most promising upcoming fencers having won the 2019 Junior Olympics Gold medal in cadet men’s foil.


Richard is a qualified foil coach, team manager, and SalleRepublic resident coach, who also continues to support multiple fencing clubs in the South West of England as well as the governing body of fencing on the Island of Jersey. Richard received a fencing scholarship at Millfield School. Before continuing his studies at the University of the West of England (UWE), where he became Men’s 1st Team captain and Vice President of the UWE fencing society, he competed for both Jersey senior squad and Great Britain at U17s, including 3 Commonwealth Games, Maccabi GB at 2 European games, and 2 World Games. More recently, Richard led the Jersey delegation at the Junior Commonwealth Games in Newcastle 2018, and in the summer of 2019 was manager, coach, and athlete at the European Maccabi Games, with the GB squad winning 8 medals in the Team and individual fencing events.


Eli is an Olympic hopeful and has been an active Senior National Team (Foil) member since 2013. Currently ranked #50 in the world in his discipline (foil), Eli is an FIE-certified coach with 10 years of experience teaching in Los Angeles, New York City, New Jersey, Durham (U.K.), and Vancouver. His accomplishments include NCAA All-American (2012), British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) individual and team champion (2017, 2018), Panamerica Games medalist (2019), Panamerican Championship medalist (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019). He has also qualified for numerous world championships and received several scholarships for his fencing experience.


Joseph has fenced since 2003 and has captained every collegiate fencing team he has been a part of, including Durham University; where he won BUCS Team Gold in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Joseph's passion for fencing is only surpassed by his passion for teaching, a trait one recognizes immediately when witnessing him coach. Joseph also leads our strength and conditioning sessions, using a cardiovascular fitness program he created while earning his Masters in High Intensity Interval Training at Durham University.


A specialist in sport psychology & youth development, with a Master in Science (MSci) degree, University of Bath, Thomas is currently conducting pioneering research around parent-child closeness & competitive anxiety in young athletes – with more than 15 years involvement in athletics, as an athlete and coach at national level, his proficiency expands upon maximizing achievement, development and wellbeing through sport, with a particular emphasis on improving the relationships between athletes, parents and coaches. 


Before undertaking any of the activities demonstrated in this video/live stream, please read the information provided below. It contains important information to help you to check that these activities are suitable for you, considering your fitness and ability level, and that you have access to an appropriate environment to allow you to participate safely.  All activities are undertaken at your own risk and consent must be given by your parent/guardian if you are under the age of 18.

We suggest, prior to starting the activities to ensure that you have performed an appropriate warm-up, i.e., suitable activation activities, mobilisation, pulse-raising, movement-based flexibility and movement practice, OR you can participate in the warm-up at the start of the session that’s been designed for minimal space with no equipment required:

· Only undertake activities that are suitable for your level of ability, health and fitness.

· Do not participate in these activities if you have any injuries.

· Ensure that you remember to work within your ability and physical limits, listen to your body – hydration, etc.

· Make sure you have undertaken an appropriate warm-up

· COVID-19 – follow all government advice at the time for the country that you are in.


In line with our safeguarding and social media policies, there should be no one-to-one private communication between coaches and children and young people under the age of 18.  This is to protect everyone.   

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