Fencing For Beginners, Your First Competition


As a new fencer, your first fencing competition can be a bit overwhelming. It will always be a beehive of activity. Other fencers may help but they are often very busy getting themselves prepared. fencing in derby A small amount of pre-knowledge about what to do and what to listen for will go a long way toward making the first fencing competition a success.

Being nervous is common for any very first time competitor. Finding yourself someone who has experience competing can be really helpful. They are able to explain how to proceed, and where you should report to. The problem as expressed before, is that the experienced fencers are normally quite busy themselves.


Ensure that you appear early for the competition. There exists normally a schedule which is posted on your own fencing organization's website or sometimes at the fencing club. The times listed on the schedule are when registration closes. Before the listed time so that you have a substantial amount of preparation available to you, you should show up at least half an hour. Normally the fencing event will start in regards to a half an hour after registration closes for the event but this may be a moving target depending on the competition along with its hosts.


Once you get to the venue, the first thing that you want to do is go to registration. The title "registration" can be confusing, as the first time I was told to visit registration, I stated that I had already registered and paid for your competition. I realized later that registration is really just a check-in station. The attendants will be able to assist you with the procedure. Depending on your jurisdiction, you could require some kind of identification to register.


Next, find a place to put your fencing bag so that it is easily accessible and recognizable as there will likely be many others with similar bags to yours. They'll be randomly placed (thrown) in a totally smelly and disorganized collage of fencing bags and equipment. Consider attaching some kind of name tag or ribbon to your bag for simplicity of recognition. Labeling your equipment is also recommended.

Now, take your mask for the armoury. You fencing in derby may also want to get your wires and lames checked. Observing others inside the armoury line should offer you a hint about what should be checked. Once you are there, the armorer will test your mask in a variety of ways. If it passes you may get a stamp around the mask's bib that will be shown to your judge when you find yourself called to fence.