Allez! Frequently Asked Questions



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Why fence?

Fencing is a fun sport that helps develop motor skills and instills a sense of accomplishment, respect, and fair play.

How old do I have to be before I start fencing?

We have classes for kids from 8 to 13.  Kids and adults from 14 up can join the Memorial University Fencing Club instead.

What should I wear?

For our beginner's class kids should wear a long sleeved tee-shirt, sweat pants or warm-up pants, and indoor-only sneakers. For intermediate and advanced, short sleeved tee-shirts are more comfortable.

Do I need equipment?

We will provide all fencing equipment.

Where can I buy equipment?

See our Links page.

Does it hurt?

Fencing is quite painless and the plastic foils we use for the beginners class are built to bend. Getting hit is similar to getting poked by a finger. 

How dangerous is it?

Contrary to how it looks, fencing is one of the safest sports with some statistics suggesting that it is only second in safety to lawn bowling!