I am happy to help you with understanding and ordering the fencing equipment for your fencer!!! 🙂 We provide equipment to all our intro and beginners level students. We don't require our new students to purchase anything until they tried the sport and showed interest in continuing the training further. Some beginners choose to obtain their own equipment and there are lots of benefits to owning personal gear. For the intermediate and advance levels, I absolutely require to purchase a personal set including all the electric pieces.
You can choose between buying the most basic, dry equipment set (non electric) OR buying the electric equipment set. Dry fencing is good for the introduction level and beginners who are not sure if they want to continue. But if your child is very interested in fencing and decided to move on to the levels beyond introduction, you should choose the electric equipment set because electric is much more fun and is the real fencing experience!
Please know that you are not obligated to purchase all the equipment at once. You can buy a the "Dry Set" (non electric) first and then continue adding more pieces (electric gear) later as your child continue to progress.
You are welcome to order your personal equipment on your own by following the instructions below. Or, if you want me to order the equipment for you, you will be charged $20 processing fees and sales taxes.
Please NOTE: The intermediate and advanced levels require a full electric equipment set. Also, intermediate and advanced levels will need to order at least 2 foils and 2 bodycords.
I recommend purchasing equipment from the https://www.absolutefencinggear.com/.
Please note, most kids will wear equipment size S or XS. Teens or adults will most likely wear M. It is very rare when someone wears L size equipment. Uniform fitting should be comfortable to wear - if you are not sure about size, always go one size up rather than down.
Please follow the sizing chart to find the correct size for your fencer before purchasing anything: https://www.absolutefencinggear.com/sizinghelp
You are welcome to use the "Fencing Equipment Order Form" bellow as worksheet for yourself while preparing the order. Or, you can fill it out to the best of your knowledge and give it to your coach if you want us to order the equipment for you.
Dry Equipment Set:
*Men’s Plastic chest protector is recommended for all kids (boys and girls). Woman chest protector may be recommended for teen girls and women depending on need and age. A competitive chest protector provides an extra layer of protection and is required for competition. Also, if you think may starting competing sometime in the future, you should order the competitive chest protector right away.
**Little kids (boys and girls) should buy men/boys style jackets. You may select a non-fie jacket from the list provided. If your fencer is a teen girl or a woman, you may consider looking into female jackets. Any jacket is fine. I recommend getting a front zipper and stretchy material. I don’t recommend getting a cotton jacket as it will shrink if put it in the dryer.
***For kids ages 10 and below, please choose blade size #2. For fencers ages 10 and up, please select blade #5. Practice foil may be replaced with an electric foil. See link below.
****Fencing bag - for beginners it is recommended to purchase the most basic fencing bag. For competitive youth I recommend getting a bigger bag on wheels as it will fit inside all the required equipment and will be easier to carry around. For best quality fencing bags visit a different vendor (recommended for the most serious and competitive fencers): https://www.leonpaulusa.com/fencing-bags.html
Electric Equipment Set:
Competitive chest protector
*Electric foil x2 w/ Pistol grip
****Foil Test Kit
**Foil Electric jacket (or Lame)
Mask Cord x2
*Electric foil x2 w/ French grip
Electric bodycord x2
*For kids ages 10 and below, please choose blade size #2. For fencers ages 10 and up, please select blade #5. I recommend upgrading to German parts such as German Point, German Socket and German bodycord. German parts are much better quality. Non German parts are most often produced in China. Please order at least 2 foils and 2 bodycords. For competitive fencers, you will need to have at least 3 foils and 3 bodycords. I make sure that Victoria has 3-4 WORKING foil and bodycords every tournament.
**Little kids (boys and girls) should buy men/boys style jackets. If your fencer is a teen girl or a woman, you may consider looking into female jackets.
***Same instructions as for the jacket.
****Foil test kit is extremely recommended for everyone who wants to get electric equipment. I also recommend adding all the optional pieces that are offered with the kit such as point screwdriver and an allen key. All equipment eventually will break and will require maintenance and fixing. Of course more tools will be needed in order to maintain the equipment.