The following is a brief answer to some common questions you may have about fencing. Please ask if you have any addition questions.
Children should be about ten years of age when starting.
No. You are never to old to start fencing or to come back to the sport. Fencing can be a life long activity.
Wikipedia has a good general background on the sport. The governing body of competitive fencing in the United States is the USFA (United States Fencing Association). The USFA also provides a Parents and Spectators Guide. Another site is Fencing.net which features fencing news and stories as well as a discussion forum.
There are a couple of publications you should be familiar with as a fencer. They are listed below with links.
Rule Book – Every fencer should be understand the rules which apply to their weapon(s) and conduct expected at tournaments, both by the fencers and officials.
Athletes Handbook – “The Athlete Handbook provides fencers, coaches, administrators, and parents the information pertinent to all aspects of USA Fencing programs.”
Operations Manual – This includes more detailed information regarding competitions from the officials’ perspective.
Referee Handbook – This handbook is published by the Fencers Officials Commission (FOC) and offers an outline on how referees should conduct themselves and what they are looking for at tournaments.
We make every effort to provide equipment to students beginning to fence. Usually students will begin purchasing their own gear a few months after they begin lessons.
This page will explain what equipment is needed and the options you will have when buying: Purchasing Fencing Equipment