Every year Salle Kiss Fencing Club organise a training camp to Budapest for more advanced fencers. This normally takes place in late July and early August. The course co-ordinator is Natalia Gyuricska and the course director is Robert Kiss. The training camp is open to all ages and is for all three weapons, it includes: Physical conditioning training, footwork training, competitive training, individual lessons. Hungarian fencers will be present for training camp members to spar against. Every year some European fencers attend up from Great Britain, United States, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Spain etc…

….And now 2017

Robert Kiss

SUMMER Training Camp

BUDAPEST 7th – 11th AUGUST 2017


For all 3 weapons

  • £230 for 5 days intensive training at the newly refurbished VASAS Sport Centre.
  • The Cost only includes the training.
  • The Camp is suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • We usually organise social programmes between and after sessions.
  • Chilling out in water parks, climbing, eating out, shopping and sightseeing.
  • We are happy to advise you where to book your Hotel or help with any other inquiries.


To make your reservation, please contact us: or call 07887968117

Budapest Training Camp’s Strength and Conditioning Report

As the strength and conditioning coach for the training camp there are numerous challenges with the vast array of abilities present. The first question for me was “how can I make a truly positive contribution to the development of the fencers at the camp, both long-term and short-term”.
Due to the fact that the camp was one-week in duration I considered that there must be some learning that takes place in order for those attending to take away lesson learned for their training in the next year. Those at the camp should also take away an understanding of the link between proper physical training and better performances on the piste while reducing the chances of injury via stronger better conditioned bodies.
Technique was made a priority, particularly in the exercises where it was evident that many fencers had little or no experience in the exercises… I may have seemed like I was being harsh at times but in terms of exercise technique it’s better to do 1 correct than 100 wrong.
On top of the learning I also considered that the fencers must experience how various training sessions must be done. Fencers at the camp who worked sufficiently hard will feel the benefits of this and should take this work ethic into their coming season. Those who attended the camp should now be able to incorporate the exercises they have learned at the camp into their training routines.
In the end the primary goals mentioned above were achieved and the following report outlines some of the basic exercises and routines that you may find useful to add into your training over the coming year.

Before we start
Before we start there are some simple rules to follow:
– You are responsible for the exercises you chose to carry out and any injuries you may incur during your training sessions.
– You should only increase the training by little bits at a time… it takes time to achieve gains in performance “Rome was not built in a day”.
– Always follow a good warm-up and feel ready before your session starts, and cool-down properly with stretches
– Exercise technique is massively important… it is better to do one correct than one-hundred wrong… plus don’t forget your body only adapts to what you do with it, so if you do the exercise wrong then you will get the wrong adaptations from your body.
– Get the basics right first before trying advanced exercises, the basics are:
o Flexibility
o Basic all-round strength
o Co-ordination

Recovery and Injury prevention
Recovery should be integral to any program. During a training cycle days should be set aside for recovery, while over the longer-term during the year there should be a cycle dedicated to allowing the body to recover. There are numerous recovery methods and exercises available also such as: pool sessions (mainly stretching in a pool), hot and cold water treatments, massage, etcetera. Recovery would also include adequate nutrition for exercise.
Injuries are either originated in an instantaneous event (acute onset injury), or due to stresses and strains over a period of time (chronic onset of injury). Almost all injuries are caused because the tissue was not strong enough to cope with the demands placed on it (either due to the tissue not being strong enough, or due to fatigue). Proper training will actually reduce the chances of injury anyway because stronger bones and muscles with greater endurance capacity are less likely to fail under stress than a weaker untrained tissue that will likely fail.

Things to aim for before next year’s camp
As you saw this year the more you put in the more I can show you and the more we can advance in the exercises we do.
As a challenge try to aim for the following general levels of fitness before next years camp (if you can do more or more advanced exercises then even better):
– 10+ press-ups with good form (female)… 20+ male
– 3+ pull-ups (female)… 10+ male
– 30+ core rotations
– 3min+ front plank
– 15+ double-leg lowers
– 30+ back extensions
– 30+ good jumps with height hands on hips
– 400 meters
o Female: under 1:20 min
o Male: under 1 min
– Bleep test
o Female: more than level 10
o Male: more than level 12

Thanks for reading this brief overview of physical training and I hope it in some way assists you with your training.
The training camp was a great success this year and I really hope you continue on with all the things you have learned.
You may already know that I run the fencing fitness sessions at Salle Kiss fencing club in Bury which I am sure you can find a way of joining in with if you wish. Or you may be interested in the regular training days, or the Easter fencing camp run by Salle Kiss where I also do the fitness sessions. For more information about these please contact either Salle Kiss fencing club or myself.
For private lessons (technique, programs, etc…) feel free to contact me direct

Gallery of Training Camps in Budapest from recent years click on any image below to view



Watch our compilation video below of previous training camps in Budapest.

The training camp is suitable for ages 8-70, for all standards and all weapons. The training will be held at the VASAS club and will include the following:

Fitness and footwork training including:

  • Physical conditioning training.
  • Footwork training.
  • Games with Hungarian fencers.
  • 9.30am-4.30pm. fencing training including:
  • Individual lessons
  • Sparring partners.
  • 12.30-1.30 lunch break
  • Introductory meeting and/or sight seeing tour of Budapest.
  • A trip to the PBT shop. PBT are a leading Hungarian supplier of quality fencing equipment at very competitive prices.


To make your reservation, please contact us or call 07887968117


Payment is required in full on the first day of the camp. Payment must be made in English currency in cash. (cheques, travellers cheques and local currency are not acceptable).


Below is a series of questions you may have about the training camps in Budapest:

Q. Who can come to the Training Camp?
A. All levels of ability are welcome.

Q. How old must I be to be a ‘single traveller’?
A. This must to be a choice of your parents, but we would recommend that under-16’s do not travel alone.

Q. Will meals be provided?
A. Meals are not provided but we organise group outings to restaurants etc.

Q. Can we make a group booking?
A. Yes, please call us and this can be arranged.

Q. Does the camp cover all weapons?
A. Yes

Q. How much of the time at camp will be spent fencing?
A. We spend the weekends on social events and sightseeing and during the week we train for 5 hrs a day.

Q. Will there be any extra help provided? e.g. one to one coaching
A. Yes, we can provide additional private lessons

Q. How much money will I need to bring?
A. We would say: for breakfast £5, lunch £10, evening meal £15. Visiting a local spa, waterparks approx: £10, plus additional spending money.

Q. How can I book my place at the camp?
A. Follow the Training Camp programe link to find the application form, complete this and send it to us. Alternatively send us your flight details – these will be sufficient to confirm your place on the camp.

Q. Do I need to send a deposit?
A. No deposit is necessary.

Q. When is the latest I can book?
A. You can book up the latest to one week before the start date.

Q. Do I need to bring my own equipment?
A. Yes, we don’t supply any equipment.

Q. Can I attend only part of the camp?
A. No, you must stay for the complete camp.