My name is Tumelo Ramogotsi. I am a fencing coach at Active
Generation Fencing Academy.
I first came across fencing at Dallas College, a leadership school in Cape Town, where it was an extracurricular activity. Upon my return to Botswana, I discovered there was a registered fencing federation sponsored by the international fencing federation. The federation had all the equipment but no coach and we formed Botswana’s first fencing club in 2011. In the same year, I went for training in foil fencing at the International School of Fencing Masters in Dakar, Senegal.
Who Am I?
I represented Botswana at the 2011 World Fencing
Championship in Catania, Sicily. In 2013 I took part in the African
Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. Fencing came into the spotlight in
2014 during the African Youth Games ( AYG) where we had 5 athletes representing
There has been a lot of growth since 2014 as we have annual local tournaments. We also participated in international tournaments. Through collaboration with the National Fencing Federation athletes have access to other opportunities. For example, two of the athletes from the 2014 AYG are qualified fencing masters from the International School of Fencing Masters.
Why Active Generation Fencing Academy?
Our goal is to grow fencing in Botswana and take it to other areas where kids and youth have no access to sports coaches and leaders. Fencing is a great full body workout and skills can be applied to different life situations. To be a successful fencer you must become graceful, aggressive, strategic, and strong.
So practising fencing provides myriad exercises for your body and mind. The physical benefits of fencing include increased coordination, agility, balance, flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular endurance. While fencing is a whole-body workout, it exercises the arms, thighs, hips, and buttocks hardest of all. You also benefit from fencing by gaining greater mental agility.
The mental benefits of fencing also include improved focus, problem-solving and stress reduction. As a combative sport you have to focus your entire energy on your opponent so you temporarily, unconsciously let go of life’s stresses as you strategize your movement to score points.
Where To Find
We have training at the following places around Gaborone:
Thornhill Primary School.
Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 -12:00
Physio Fanatics, Phakalane any weekday between 10am and 7pm with prior arrangements.