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Common Questions
 What is a sport of fencing?

Fencing is the Olympic sport of sword-fighting that teaches discipline, dexterity, and endurance. You use footwork and handwork to score touches on your opponent with your blade. There are three weapons in fencing: the Foil, Epee and Sabre.


 How safe is it?

In spite of its appearance, fencing is very safe. Precautions are taken in every aspect of the sport, from the clothing, to the weapons and the rules to abide by. A fencer's uniform is made of puncture-resistant fabric. The fabrics in the uniforms are made to withstand concentrated force. Masks are made to very high standards. Masks have heavy-duty mesh that is specially constructed to prevent breaking. Fencing weapons are not sharp and are designed to bend rather than break. Vast majority of fencing injuries occur due to inadequate warm-up.

Please feel free to address any safety concearns with a coach.



 What weapon should I choose?

Many people fence all three weapons. To chose, try all three weapons to find one you enjoy most. Foil and Epee are thrusting weapons. A touch can be scored only by a contact of the tip with a valid target area. Saber is generaly a faster weapon. Saber touches are scored when any part of the blade comes in contact with a valid target.


 What equipment should I buy?

We don't recommend to buy equipment for a begginer, immediately upon joining the club. A fencer should be comfortable with a choice of a weapon before equipment is purchased. Club equipment is available for use by all members. Please consult your coach prior to purchasing equipment. Your coach can help to identify equipment better siuted for a particular fencer.


 Is fencing an Olympic sport?

Yes. Fencing is one of only four sports to have been involved in every modern Olympic Games since their inception in 1896.


 Does it hurt?

Fencing rearly hurts if done properly. Usually fencing attack hurts no more than a tap on the shoulder. The force of the blow is normally absorbed by the flex of the blade. Some aggressive fencers can occasionally deliver painful blows, however there are rules to penalize them harshly. Keep in mind as in any sport minor bruises and welts are expected now and again. The most painful blows tend to come from inexperienced fencers who are yet to acquire the feel of the weapon.


 How long will it take to become a good fencer?

It depends what good means. There is no way of telling how fast will it take to become a good fencer. Fencing is one of few sports that can be a life-long sport. Rules of competition change to accomogate children, youth, senior, veteran and even whilchair fencers. This allows fencers of all ages and skill levels to participate in this exciting sport.


 What form of payment is accepted?

We accept cash, money order, Visa, and MasterCard. Debit cards with Visa and MasterCard logo are also accepted.


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What is a sport of fencing?
How safe is it?
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What equipment should I buy?
Is fencing an Olympic sport?
Does it hurt?
How long will it take to become a good fencer?
What form of payment is accepted?
USFA Event Classification Chart

Epee, saber, foil
Fencing equipment. Fencing mask, plastron, fencing jacket, lame, fencing knickers, body cord, mask cord (saber only), chest protector (mandatory for female fencers), fencing glove, fencing weapon - Epee, saber, foil
Team sabre event at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Epee, saber, foil
Team sabre event at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics in Amsterdam, Netherlands.



Equipment Equipment
FIE - Fencing, saber, fiol, epee FIE
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