Tawa Swords

Tawa Swords Club, part of the Swords Point group, offers coaching in all weapons: foil, epee and sabre. We are able to cater to fencers of all ages, abilities and interest levels from wanna-be pirates (they will be tamed somewhat) to serious competitive levels. Under -9s can participate in 5-week block courses each term. We have equipment available for use by fencers while they are deciding whether to take up the sport. We welcome enquiries from everyone. Fencers in the Swords Point group are welcome to attend foil sessions at either club.

Fencing is a fun sport that involves a combination of mental, physical and temperamental challenges. Our Club is very friendly and there is a strong commitment by coaches and senior fencers to ensure that fencers understand that even a combat sport like fencing depends on an awareness of others’ reactions and a degree of “cooperation” if one is to succeed and “have the last word” in this “physical argument.

Susan is an experienced coach and classroom teacher. She holds a current Teaching Certificate and an up-to-date First Aid Certificate. For fifteen years she was Head Coach at Hutt Valley Fencing Club a club which she established, financed and supported with her husband’s assistance. Susan developed that club to be the largest and one of New Zealand’s most successful. Susan has now left HVFC and established clubs based in Lower Hutt and Tawa. She focusses on Under-15 year olds, giving them an excellent grounding in fencing. She has a reputation as someone who also helps students develop personal skills such as cooperation with a partner and within a group, self-belief and overcoming the fear of failure by pushing oneself to do one’s best. Fencing appeals to many physically unmotivated students and her students learn to find pleasure in physical activity. She has a high retention rate of pupils. She has trained a number of referees and is responsible for coaching a number of New Zealand champions from school age to Senior level, several Oceania Champions and Commonwealth Junior medallists.

Susan’s involvement in fencing spans 53 years. She and her husband are committed to fencing and to fencers. Susan has been:

  • Wellington and National Representative for foil at all levels from school age to senior
  • Senior Wellington Regional Champion and also Senior NZ Women’s Foil Champion and NZ Veteran Foil Champion
  • Commonwealth Veteran Women’s Foil Silver medallist
  • Member of Oceania Champion Women’s Epee Team
  • Wellington President for Fencing Central and served as committee member for many years
  • Delegate for FeNZ at various times since 1977
  • President of FeNZ
  • Fencing representative on the NZ Olympic Committee
  • Participant in several Olympic Solidarity Coaching courses
  • Fencing referee for over 35 years
  • Involved in coaching for 50 years
  • Selector for Wellington Regional Fencing
  • Member of NZ Team Management for various National and International events
  • Tournament Organiser for Club, Regional and National events


Israel Licht – israelilicht@gmail.com


Susan Grant-Taylor – susan4gretel@gmail.com

Fees Structure:

Membership typeTerm fees
Under 11$150
Over 11$175
Over 11 (2+ from same family)$150 per fencer
Holiday programmes$100
Private lessonsBy arrangement

Training Schedule:

Thursday3:40pm – 4:15pmOpen and beginner foil
Thursday4:00pm – 5:00pmOpen foil (may continue to 5:30pm)


The Emmaus Hall
St Christopher’s Church
Main Road