Do you actually hit each other with the weapons?
Does it hurt?
This is a very common concern amongst beginners. New fencers quickly adjust to the feel of receiving touches, and before long don’t feel them at all. Children and seniors often compete with adults, getting hit just as hard and handling it without any problem.
Is it dangerous?
No, in fact fencing is statistically one of the safest sports. Fencers wear protective gear to ensure safety, and the infrequent injuries that do occur are generally minor and common (bruises, twists and sprains).
How young? How old? What is the optimum age?
Children can begin fencing at a very young age even at 5yrs old!. National-level youth fencing incorporates under-10, under-12 and under-14 events. International competition for children includes two categories, cadet (under-17) and junior (under-20). Fencing is unique in that fencers generally keep competing until late in life, with veteran events including over-40, over-50 and over-60 categories. The prime age for Olympians is generally from the early twenties to mid-thirties. New fencers can begin at any point in life with great success.
Is fencing for men or women?
Both! Although there are separate men’s and women’s events at the national and international levels, local events often involve “mixed” events. U.S. women are highly successful internationally, including Olympic gold and bronze in women’s saber.
Is it anything like what I see in the movies?
No. Modern fencing is a far cry from the choreographed bouts you see on film or on the stage. Instead of swinging from a chandelier or leaping from balconies, you will see two fencers performing an intense athletic dance on a six-feet-by-40-feet strip. The movement is so fast the touches are scored electrically.
Fencing At A Glance
Speed, endurance, agility, discipline and tactical thinking.
Is fencing different from dueling?
In a duel, people used to fight until “first blood” with a sword as sharp as a kitchen knife.
In Olympic fencing, you fence to 15 points. You use a flexible blade, with a button at the tip. All fencers wear protective gear, including jackets, gloves and masks.
What does fencing look like?
Fencing is more mobile and athletic than the “classical” fencing style everybody knows from TV and the movies.
Fencing has running moves, “flicks” where you bend the blade over someone’s shoulder, and sometimes lots of (happy) screaming.
Does fencing hurt?
Not if you do it right! Although fencing is a martial art it is very safe. We are strict about using full safety equipment. We also do stretching and warm-ups to prevent strains and twists.
Is fencing safe?
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association places the low injury rate for fencing as comparable to tennis, golf and rowing, and far below soccer, basketball and football.
Fencing has been in every Olympics, starting with the first in 1896. Mr. Pierre de Coubertin, creator of the modern Olympics, was a fencer.
The fencer should be adequately protected and the uniform should allow freedom of movement to properly perform the necessary skills.
The following is a list of required equipment:
- Chest Protector (mandatory for women)
- Long socks (white, must reach bottom of your breeches- soccer socks work well)
- Fencing shoes or sneakers
- Minimum two working weapons
- Minimum two working body cords
- Fencing Bag (to carry your equipment)
Put identification on all your equipment!!!
- Wash as you would any other whites – do not use chlorine bleach.
- Lames may be hung in the shower and spray rinsed and drip dry; some people use blow dryers.
- Masks may be washed in dishwashers (make sure to wash by itself).
- Washable gloves and socks per normal washing instructions.
Parent’s Role in Fencing.
Parents provide support and encouragement. Most importantly, they are positive role models of good sportsmanship and respect–showing respect to coaches, officials, and opponents.
Providing consistency is also very important. Get your child to the club to practice regularly. A consistent training curriculum–private instruction, group instruction, and open bouting– is necessary to realize the benefits of fencing. Use school holidays to maximize training opportunities at camps and clinics.
Keep in contact with the coaches to assess your child’s progress and to determine readiness for competitions then start fencing at local competitions. At competitions don’t focus on wins and losses; rather, praise good technique, strategy, and good sportsmanship. Winning will follow naturally. Competitions are great places to meet other fencers and parents. Enjoy the full experience of competitions by taking advantage of all the opportunities for personal and athletic growth.
AGE to START FENCING
Children can begin fencing as early as 4 years old. At this young age, fencing class consists of basic footwork and blade work, exercises to improve hand-eye coordination, games to foster coordination skills, all with our special plastic equipment sets which are much lighter and safer. Once children turn 7, they will be using the metal equipment you see in competitions. All classes conclude with supervised fencing bouts. Children love the opportunity to fence each other and use the skills they learned in class.
Our coaches are all world-class instructors who have coached and/or fenced at National levels. They are well-versed in the latest pedagogical techniques in the sport of fencing. Classes and lessons are designed to accommodate students of different ages and skill levels.
- the Musketeer Hobby Club (ages 4-12);
- the Youth classes (ages 13-20);
- the Gold competition classes ( all ages)
- adult group classes;
- school holiday fencing experience class
- school holiday camp
- school fencing programme
BIRTHDAY PARTY INFORMATION
We offer a FUN, ACTION-PACKED, and UNIQUE birthday party experience!
Let us do all the work while you and your guests have all the fun
- Fencing equipment–masks, chest protector, weapons, gloves
- Fencing instruction by one of our expert coaches. Will talk about fencing history, demonstrate techniques and footwork, then the fencing competitions begin! Fencing portion is 70-75 minutes, party is 45- 50 minutes, wrap-up is 10 minute.
- Free trial fencing class for each participant
Please arrive 10 -15 minutes before your party’s scheduled time for preparation.
Please inform participants of dress code:
Sneakers, T-shirts, shorts/sweatpants.
En Garde! Party time! Happy Birthday and HAVE FUN!
School Holiday Fencing experience Classes / Camps / School Fencing Programme.
The focus of our school programme is to introduce and encourage kids to participate in fencing and by focusing on the following:
- Skill development
- Enhancing self-confidence and social interaction
- Developing a knowledge of movement skills
- Stimulating the desire to participate in sport and fitness
We offer several options for fun after-school programs:
All fencing equipment is provided. An optimum number of students for this program is 10-14. Custom programs can arrange. Contact the office for ideas and suggestions.
If your school is unable to host an after-school program, you are welcome to try classes held at our facility every day. Please contact us if you would like more information about setting up a fencing program for your school or center.
What to bring:
- indoor non marking athletic sneakers and
All fencing equipment is provided.
What is included:
- Fencing games,
- open bouting and
- receives a certificate of completion.