Equipment Requirements

Safety is our highest priority. To that end, we have created the following guidelines regarding the equipment that is to be used in classes. No written policy is a replacement for good judgment, so Instructors may, at their discretion, disallow any equipment that is deemed to be unsafe, either to the Students or to bystanders.

Class: Medieval Swordfighting
Only weapons made by ActionFlex (thick foam over flexible plastic core) are used for sparring. For controlled training, Actionflex, plastic, wood, and foam-padded wooden weapons are used.
During sparring, fencing masks and gloves (any type that covers the entire hand) are required. Padded gloves (welding or historical martial arts) are encouraged. Groin protection is highly encouraged.
Class: Sport Fencing
We use standard fencing weapons (foil, epee, sabre) and protective gear (mask, jacket, glove, pants, footwear). Groin and chest protection is highly encouraged; chest protection required for women.
Class: Historical Fencing
For weapons, we utilize standard fencing sabre and epee, parrying dagger (similar to fencing epee, but a shorter blade), buckler (a small shield held in the hand; made of leather, wood, steel, and/or plastic), cloak, and short wooden dowels.
Protective equipment starts with that used in Sport Fencing, with the following minimal additions: Both hands must have a glove (fencing gloves, welding gloves or historical martial arts gloves). Groin and chest protection is highly encouraged; chest protection required for women. Optional - rigid throat protection (gorget),
Class: Stage Combat
Weapons used include Ultrasabers and plastic swords (such as Rawlings and Cold Steel synthetics).
The only required protective equipment are gloves, since there is not supposed to be any weapon-on-person contact. However, students (particularly new and/or young) may use fencing masks.
Class: Advanced Sword Training
Weapons are wooden (staff, shield, buckler) or synthetic (such as Rawlings and Cold Steel synthetics). Protective equipment is the same as in Historical Fencing, with the following additions: Elbow and knee protection, forearm protection, shin protection, and additional chest protection are required. Rigid hand protection is encouraged. Historical armor is allowed so long as it provides acceptable protection to the wearer and does not represent a hazard to others. Historical armor can include items such as chain shirt, plate armor, leather armor, metal helm, gauntlets, etc.