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What do I wear for fencing?

What do I wear for fencing?

Wear suitable clothing as for any kind of anaerobic sport. That means: Trainers (not outdoor shoes) with some grip Loose-fitting trousers (not tight denims or shorts); you need the legs covered, but you also need to stretch and bend Any top will do as long as you can get a fencing jacket over it. Crop tops … What do I wear for fencing? Read More » ...
Does fencing hurt?

Does fencing hurt?

Not if done properly. Although executed with appreciable energy, a good, clean 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. Reckless and overly aggressive fencers can occasionally deliver painful blows, however. Fencing *is* a martial art, so you … Does fencing hurt? Read More » ...
Which is the best weapon for a fencing  beginner?

Which is the best weapon for a fencing beginner?

Although foil is commonly the ‘training’ weapon for beginners owing to its lightweight and supposedly light touch, we take a different view. Sabre can sometimes be an effective starter weapon. It has rules of right of way to emphasize proper defence, and its de-emphasis of point attacks can be a relief to a beginner who … Which is the best weapon for a fencing beginner? Read More » ...
How long does it take to become a ‘good’ fencer?

How long does it take to become a ‘good’ fencer?

There is a saying that it takes two lifetimes to master fencing. By the time anyone has come close to “mastering” the sport, they are long past their athletic prime. Some may feel that this is a drawback to the sport, but most fencers see it as a great strength: fencing never becomes dull or … How long does it take to become a ‘good’ fencer? Read More » ...
What qualities make a good fencer?

What qualities make a good fencer?

There are many. On the athletic side, speed and endurance must rank foremost. Other traits that can be exploited are strength (for explosive speed, not heavy-handedness), precision, and flexibility. Quick reaction time is extremely important. On the intellectual side, a good mind for strategy and tactics is essential. The ability to quickly size up your … What qualities make a good fencer? Read More » ...