In order to ensure safety at our events, we have implemented some basic safety equipment requirements:
SPARRING: Gloves and face/head protection are REQUIRED during our sparring sessions. Head/face protection fencing helmets, or something similar. Accidents happen – even with our most skilled competitors. This is for your safety to protect your eyes, ears, neck.
TRAINING/DRILLS: The same equipment is RECOMMENDED but not required during instructional training sessions.
We consider these optional, though many of our team members eventually make the investment. This is a full contact sport, strikes and accidents happen. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and you can invest over time depending on your own factors. None of these are required, but we want to make you aware and help you protect yourself.
Elbow guards & shin guards. You’ve probably been hit there before, accidentally hitting a table or corner. It’s not fun. Even simple soft-guards help.
A gorget. Every newcomer quickly learns that even with the neck protection of a fencing helmet, a strike to the neck or throat hurts – badly. A gorget will protect you far more than a fencing helmet pad will do. We have a link below under “equipment” to a popular one on Amazon you can get for $30.
Chest guard. Some people do, some don’t. But again, as a full contact sport, where stabs and thrusts happen, this is just an additional layer of protection to keep you in the game. Often something like a paintball chest protector will do fine, and are inexpensive.
Equipment is a very personal situation. You like what you like because it fits you better, feels better, looks better, or any number of reasons.
With that in mind, we’re not specifically endorsing any vendor or equipment. That’s ultimately up to you.
However, here are some sample types of equipment so you get a feel for what you can be looking for:
Ki Sabers The official SaberSmith of SMAF
|Costs range $75-150 for basic stunt stabers|
$200-$500 for more stylized hilts, blade colors, sound, & other options
|Fencing Post (Escondido)|
Fencing masks typically cost around $60.
Lacrosse Gloves run around $50
A gorget for neck protection is usually $30.
REMEMBER: Your face is important!! Protect it!!