About Sport Fencing Equipment : The Sport of Fencing

About Sport Fencing Equipment : The Sport of Fencing



hi I'm Julie see Ellen in the cell discrete fencing center in linen Utah and we're gonna talk about fencing equipment the first piece of fencing equipment we're going to talk about is your shoes these shoes are fencing shoes fencing shoes can be quite expensive you don't have to get fencing shoes instead you can use just a regular pair of court shoes anything that's made for indoor athletics that keeps you from falling over is probably your best bet next we wear thick socks that's to protect your shins my advice is keep the socks otherwise you'll go home with lots of scrapes and bruises on your shins these are called fencing knickers that are usually made out of a material called Kevlar which is used to stop bullets and used in bulletproof vests some knickers are made out of Kevlar some knickers are made out of nylon whichever is most comfortable is probably the best thing for you to wear just make sure they fit properly they don't fall off when you move next is our fencing jacket probably one of our most important pieces of equipment it's underneath here it's also made out of Kevlar or nylon make sure you get one that fits you right most of them will zip here on the side but there are some that zip in the back they make right-handed and left-handed jackets make sure that you get the one that's right for you underneath we have our plastron it's an underarm protector now most most people don't know that a plastron is really important that's because a plastron return here has seams that go vertical but your jacket has seams that go horizontal this is so whenever a weapon is coming at you if there's a small tear in your jacket there will be another layer underneath to protect you so that the weapon doesn't go into your soft flesh there underneath your arm now underneath your plastron you're going to want your chest protector make sure that you wear that and you can wear one if you're a man – they make flat ones to keep that to keep you comfortable while you're fencing on the outside of your uniform this outer vest here is called Alamein it's for scoring purposes if you fence foil you're gonna need to have one of these it's made out of conductive plastic or metal if you fit Sabre you'll have a similar one except it will have long sleeves because in Sabre that's target area includes your arm if you fence epee you don't need it any one of these Lemay's you just wear your jacket without any of those things don't forget you're gonna need a glove this is a special glove it's not like all your other gloves you can't just go down the store and get one because it has a really long cuff that goes on the outside of your jacket that's so while you're fencing the blade doesn't come inside your jacket sleeve come up your arm and hit you in the soft flesh underneath your arm there lastly is your mask it comes in all shapes and sizes it even comes in different colors it comes of different kinds of padding on the inside the most important thing is for you to decide which one you like the best fits you snugly when you put it on pull the back out slip it over your head when you move your head from side to side the mask shouldn't move independently of your head it should move right with you the whole time now in order to get all this equipment check with your coach check with your local vendors make sure you have everything before you give fencing a try happy fancy you

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