1. Why do Fencing?
Fencing is a sport that accommodates all skill and fitness levels, it’s a great way to get fit and a great way to stay fit. Unlike many other forms of martial arts, the basics of fencing are fun and easy to learn. Achieving the work-life balance is critical and starting a social sport is a good way to get there. Monash Fencing Club trains 5 nights a week in a casual, friendly atmosphere – a fantastic way to meet new people who share similar interests.
2. How old do I have to be? Do I have to be a Monash University student/staff?
You must be at least 16 years old to fence at MUFC. You do not have to be a student/staff at the university to enjoy the benefits of Monash University Fencing Club. If you are interested about fencing, come see us fence for a night – we’re always happy to demonstrate.
3. I haven’t fenced before, can I still join?
Yes, of course. We have a large population of beginners across all three weapons. The coaches and experienced members are always enthusiastic to share their knowledge. Many members at our club have only begun fencing for about a year or so, and we take on new beginners all the time.
4. What sort of equipment will I need?
Once you start fencing regularly, buying your own gear is recommended. However, if you are just starting out, feel free to use the club gear. Generally, you will need to wear a fencing jacket, breeches (or trackpants), flat soled (comfortable) shoes), fencing mask, lame (conductive vest for electronic scoring) and fencing glove. Of course you will also be carrying a weapon.
A full list of equipment requirements for competitions can be found at the Fencing Victoria Website.
5. Some basics of fencing?
The goal in fencing is to score points by hitting your opponent with the tip or the edge (sabre only!) of your weapon. You are entitled to defend (parry), and return fire (riposte). ‘Priority’ is the basis of deciding who scores – in other words – who hit ‘legally’. Each style has its own target areas. Torso for foil, Upper body for sabre, and full body for epee.
A full set of rules can be found at the Australian Fencing Federation (AFF) website.
6. Is fencing dangerous?
Not if you use the equipment correctly. Like all other sports, there will be the occassional bruise, but generally it is pretty difficult to get injured in fencing, especially if you are a beginner.
7. Do I have to compete?
Once you get the hang of it, competing is encouraged. You don’t have to compete at official competitions, the club runs a lot of in-house tournaments and there are other competitions out there that are for bragging rights only. But if you join the club just to train and socialise – we don’t mind that either.