Fencing is VERY safe! Safer than some other sports (boxing and skydiving come to mind!) and definitely safer than crossing the road. (They haven’t banned that yet??)
Of course you must wear the correct clothing and observe certain safe behaviours. eg never hit anyone not wearing a mask, always hold the point down, don’t put your mask on or off with two hands while holding a weapon. (Think about the person behind you!)
Equipment must be certified to European and international safety standards known as CEN. Simply, CEN1 is the minimum and CEN2 the higher level for certain activities such as electric fencing and national level competitions and above. All the club’s kit conforms to this.
The CEN rating is all about the force required to penetrate the ballistic quality polyester material. Either 350 or 800 Newtons (that’s 35Kg and 81Kg/sq cm respectively). If you are wearing a CEN1 jacket and a CEN2 plastron (under-jacket), as required by the regulations, then that’s combined protection!
However, the risk from broken blades is minimal. Once there used to be broken blades every week (with no problems). Advances in steel technology mean breakages are rare blades just go soft and become useless to fence with. Regulations require soft blades to be scrapped.
What to wear? All you need for the training course are loose fitting trousers, such as track suit bottoms, and trainers. We provide the fencing kit until you are ready to buy your own.
Coaches are registered with the BFA or BAF and insured through their schemes.
If you’re over 50 and haven’t done any exercise for a while you may like to have a word with your Doctor first, just to make sure, but there is no age limit.
Please note that, like boxing and other sports you fence at your own risk and we recommend that all our members join the British Fencing Association as this provides insurance cover and other benefits. You have to be a member to fence in competitions.
NB Adult Trainees you will be required to take out the Introduction level of membership of British Fencing, which is free, and lasts for 90 days.