One of the number one concerns in any fencing class, no matter the style, is safety of the student. From rules of engagement to the wearing of protective gear, each fencing guideline is designed to enhance the safety of the participants and the spectators.
Proper Attire When Fencing
Proper attire should be worn at all times during practice and tournaments. Attire generally includes long pants, a fencing jacket, gloves, and a mask. Your jacket must have a full sleeve on the arm that holds your sword. The mask is especially important and should be worn anytime a weapon is raised, even if you are merely discussing a drill or part of your training. Proper footwear is also a must. You can either wear court or fencing shoes. Your shoes must be clean and dry to ensure that that floor does not become slipper because of dust or moisture.
Inspection of Gear
Take some time to inspect your gear and your weapons before training, especially if you are using shared gear at your fencing club. Your mask must be in good repair to prevent injuries to your eyes. Your weapons need to be in good repair as well. Make sure there are no sharp edges, chips, cracks, or breaks anywhere on the blade or handle. A lot of students think they’ll get in trouble (or blamed) for reporting broken club gear, but your regular club dues help to pay for replacement of shared equipment. Your instructors need to know and will appreciate reports.
Proper Behavior While Fencing
You should never use your unarmed hand against your opponent. All actions you take must be without violent intention. Your attacks must be controlled so that there is no hard stabbing or whipping. Do not flick if you don’t actually know how to do so.
Never turn your back on your opponent and always make sure you are aiming at the approved target zones on the body. Epee fencing allows for any bodily touch; sabre to any area of the torso above the waist; and foil to the trunk only.
It is important to be alert and aware when you are on the floor. Those who are fencing have the “right of way.” If you are not participating in a match, you should stay clear of those who are still participating.
All of the coaches here at Silver Sword Academy have the best interests of our students in mind at all times. We work hard to ensure the safety of our students when they are on the floor and will go over all of our club’s rules and procedures and Fencing guidelines when you join. Feel free to contact us at any time with your questions or concerns. We want you to feel safe and enjoy your fencing experiences!