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My mom wants to fence she is 30 what do you think??
Where can I get some fencing video?
Do you have gear for me when I start?
I'm six years old can I fence?
Do boys and girls fence together?
How long does it take to get good at fencing?
How long have you been teaching fencing?
Do women wear anthing special for protection?
Where do I get a rule book?
Why should I know the rules?
Will you show me how to fix my foil it broke?
I'm 10 years old can I get extra padding?
I'm a woman. Can I fence in the open with the men?
When I fence in a tournament do I need anything special?
What is a yellow card?
How do I get fencing equipment? Where do I get it? How much does it cost?
Does the director hate me?
Where do I get info about tournamnets, central florida fencing clubs and club contacts.?
 

My mom wants to fence she is 30 what do you think??

Well even at her advanced age I think she can handle it. Plus you will have a fencing partner. When she takes you to a tournament she can fence also, instead of sitting reading a book or attending to your every need. She should have fun also.
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Where can I get some fencing video?

I use fencingfootage.com

They rate the videos.  a good source.

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Do you have gear for me when I start?

Yes we have many sizes of

jackets and masks even gloves. We don't have every size.

 

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I'm six years old can I fence?

Yes. I recommend you try it and see how you like it. You will begin a wonderful sport. I wish I started at six!
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Do boys and girls fence together?

Yes. No one ever died of kooties as far as we know.
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How long does it take to get good at fencing?

Some people that practice improve rather fast.  I read some where that failure was the result of following the path of least persistance. If you work you will improve. If you don't there is always bowling.
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How long have you been teaching fencing?

I will have to ask Andrew Stroud how old he is for this one. I tought him to fence when he was 10 that is my benchmark.
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Do women wear anthing special for protection?

Yes. They wear a chest protector. Men should wear a cup when they compete.
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Where do I get a rule book?

Go to USfencing.org they have the downloadable version. You can purchase one from them I think.
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Why should I know the rules?

This is your sport. Learn the rules so you won't get cheated. Directors make mistakes sometimes.
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Will you show me how to fix my foil it broke?

Yes we can do that usually it is best to make a clinic out of it for a group of fencers. It's not hard to do but it takes some time. I accually like fixing weapons of them. I you want practice I will give you a dozen to fix.
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I'm 10 years old can I get extra padding?

Yes just ask.
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I'm a woman. Can I fence in the open with the men?

Yes. The men can't fence in the womens event. How unfair.
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When I fence in a tournament do I need anything special?

Yes. Tournaments require electric equipment. If you are 10 to 12 years old you will need a 0 or 2 blabe. You need a plasteron. You need knickers and a jacket. You need a minimum of two working weapons. You need two working body cords. You need a glove and mask. Equipment is checked to pass requirements for all fencers at the beginning of a tournament. I have a lot of gear to rent out. It is your responsibily to have working equipment. We will work with you to enable you to fix your own gear.
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What is a yellow card?

Yellow is warning, Red is touch against and Black is expulsion from th evenue. Yes even spectators can get a yellow card for disturbing order and Black is next, if they become a pain for the director.
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How do I get fencing equipment? Where do I get it? How much does it cost?

You can order equipment fromTriplette Competition Arms. Their web site is www.triplette.com. Telephone number is 336.835.7774. They are in North Carolina. If your order is not right they will make it right. A starter set is about $150 for foil. Triplette has been around a long time good quality and nice people. They know fencing. Other sources are available at usfencing.org under venders.
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Does the director hate me?

No. We just don't care who wins. Directors want you to have fun safely
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Where do I get info about tournamnets, central florida fencing clubs and club contacts.?

USFACENTRALFLORIDA.COM
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