In any activity where
a weapon is pointed at you, wear a mask, jacket and glove.
Those who fail to exhibit common sense will be excused
Always salute your partner
or instructor before and after drills, bouts, encounters
- Respect all fencers. TBF has all sorts of
fencing styles and approaches. They are all equally valid.
Liberal concession of touches
received is expected of those engaging in non-electric bouts.
Equipment is available on
a first-come, first-served basis. If you frequently find
yourself without proper equipment, consider purchasing your
own or arriving earlier.
- If you're arguing about touches, you're
definitely missing the point. Avoid belaboring the validity
of a touch or you'll find that fencers will avoid you.
- If someone is waiting to use the electrical
scoring equipment, limit the bouts with an agreed time or
score. By default, it is 5 minutes.
Training: Thursdays 630P-830P
Structured Bouts: Fridays 630P-830P
- The fencing training sessions are a combination of structured group
drills and individual lessons. The following is a rough description
of what to expect from a typical TBF fencing session.
- Note: Individual lessons are granted at the discretion of
the instructors. Sometimes, instructors are not able to get
to everyone. Do not spend your fencing time by idly waiting
for instructors to become available. Remember, fencing time
is a rare commodity, spend it wisely.
- Arrival /Warm-up Period
- Duration: 15-30 minutes. This time is allow time for participants
to arrive and suit up in their fencing gear. Warm-up may consist
of light fencing and calisthenics.
- Salute/Initiation of Session
- Duration: 5 minutes. One of the instructors will lead the
salute. Everyone is obliged to join the salute. The group salute
is intended to provide a formal initiation of the group session,
a forum to communicate current events, an opportunity to introduce
new members and visitors.
- Structured Group Lesson
- Duration: 15-30 minutes. Group lesson conducted by one of
the instructors that focuses on a particular technique or concept.
- Individual Lessons and Drills
- Duration: 10-15 minutes. Individual lessons are scheduled
(see Calendar) upon monthly payment
or invitation of the instructors. Fencers waiting for individual
lessons or are otherwise idle, are expected to engage in free
bouting or individual practice.
- Free Bouting
- Duration: remainder of the session. This is time for fencers
to explore the most recently learned technique or to hone their
skills with other fencers. Free bouting is also scheduled for
the last two sessions of each month.