|Although not mandatory,
we urge members to eventually purchase their own equipment. Just
like learning how to play an instrument, it is very difficult to
progress and improve without the ability to practice at home and
outside of the fencing salle with your own equipment.
Beginners - Starter
| What to
Wear for the First Lessons
Although we do welcome all interested parties, we recommend that
you email or phone us prior to your first visit. This allows us
to ensure enough equipment is available. To facilitate the instructor
and class conduct, please note the guidelines below:
- Leg wear: Sweat pants, long running
pants, baseball/softball knickers are fine. To be avoided, extremely
baggy pants or shorts. The instructor must be able to see the
students' legs. Being based in Florida, we understand that shorts
may be preferred by the student but long pants provide better
- Foot wear: Tennis shoes, indoor court
shoes, or cross-trainers are recommended. Bulky "high-top"
basketball shoes are not conducive to the precise foot work
in fencing, nor do they help the instructors' observations.
Most running shoes are OK but some of the higher-profiled shoes
may expose fencers to ankle injury. Wear socks to prevent blistering.
- Shirts: A t-shirt is pretty much a
standard. An extra t-shirt and towel might even be a good idea
for heavy perspirers.
- Gloves: Although we typically have
spares, TBF holds the student responsible to provide their own
glove. If a fencing glove is not readily available, a common
leather or chamois work glove can provide nominal protection.
Fencing gloves are specially padded to provide adequate protection.
The fencing glove cuff is to prevent fencing blades from sliding
into a fencers' sleeve and injuring delicate arteries (i.e.
the radial artery) found in the arm.
Other notes concerning your equipment:
- Masks: Common sense is the rule here.
If there is at all a possibility of head, eye, or face injury,
put a mask on. Those who willingly and repeatedly behave in
a manner that is unsafe to themselves or others will be asked
to leave without any negotiation for a return visit.
- Jackets: Some drills and lessons may
not require jackets. Howevery, if any activity entails the receipt
of touches, a jacket is required. Common sense prevails.
- Underarm plastron:This is an attire
specific to fencing that provides extra protection to the underarm.
We recommend that all students to purchase this is as soon as
- Gender-specific gear: We recommend
that all females wear breast protectors ("hub caps").
These can also be purchased
for under $10 per pair from most fencing equipment vendors.
Males may wear protective cups.