150-152 E. Broad St.
Westfield, NJ 07090
The only advice can be given to the beginners - just exercises. Over and over again, untill you`ll feel your weapon like it`s your hand
- Underarm protectors: Get a good one. I've seen people be sidelined for a month with a single foil hit to the nerve network in their armpit.
- Warm ups & stretching: Always do so. Torn muscles will put you on the bench.
- Breast protectors: Any female fencer should wear these. I've heard they are uncomfortable but they sure beat a puncture wound.
- Get a mask with a good bib (the part that protects your throat.) The reason for this is obvious.
- Test your mask every few months with the punch test.
- The last blade I bought had a process called "marginning," which is designed to increase the chances of breaking to a flat point should the blade snap. Your fellow fencers will appreciate this. (Blades don't break often, but it does happen.)
- If you do fence with sabres, be sure to have an elbow protector and a glove with good protection for the back of the hand. A woman at UMA once needed a tendon re-attached.
Equipment listed in order of importance
- a mask
- a weapon
- a glove
- "personal" safety equipment (*grine* unless you LIKE getting hurt in sensitive areas! Some fencers I've known seem to invite it)
- the knickers
- underarm protector
- body cord
- whatever lames you may need.
- Socks and shoes are relatively low on the list of "necessary". Fencing shoes that is.. I wouldn't want to think about fencing in bare feet.