Frequently Asked Questions about Fencing

Where and when does the club meet?
The club meets on Mondays from 6.30 - 9.30pm at:
Riverside Primary School, 635 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 2QJ
For directions see the map on the How to find us page.
How much does it cost?
We charge £5 a night or £2.50 for children and concessions.

We also offer a monthly subscription, payable in advance on the first Monday of each month. The monthly fee will be £4 (£2 for juniors and concessions) per Monday fenced – bearing mind that the number of Mondays when fencing is available varies from month to month.
Does the club meet during holidays?
Our venue isn't available on public holidays – Bank Holidays and over Christmas. So we can't meet on those days. The club also generally closes for a short summer break. Dates will be listed on the home page of the site.
When can I start?
We don't run any formal classes, so you can start on any convenient Monday. However we recommend that new fencers start on the first Monday of each month, in which case we offer a special reduced rate of £10 for first month (£5 for juniors and concessions)
What should I wear? What do I need to bring?
Wear trainers. Wear loose trousers, but not shorts, that you can run around and stretch in, preferably without pockets or anything that might catch a blade. Wear a lightweight top - the fencing jacket is heavy and bulky. The club will supply all the fencing kit you need: a mask, a jacket, an underjacket, a glove and a sword. You just need to bring your enthusiasm. And perhaps a drink.
Is it dangerous?
Fencing is less dangerous than most sports. There may be rough edges on the blades which can nick the skin. Occasionally a blade will break, and in very rare circumstances the broken blade can cause injuries. I've seen lots of broken blades but never seen any serious injuries. You will get the odd bruise or scratch, especially in epee (as a beginner you will start with a foil, with is lighter and more flexible). I get blisters sometimes. And like any sport, you will also pick up your share of problems with muscles and tendons.
Is my child too young to start?
We prefer children to be 9 or 10 before they start though other clubs accept younger children. It depends in part on the maturity of the child. If they are too small they will lose all the time which is no fun. The child needs to be old enough to follow instructions and to not make a nuisance of themselves.
Am I too old?
Probably not. The youngsters will run rings around you but your longer reach and greater cunning will compensate. If in doubt, ask your GP.
Am I too unfit?
Fencing at the highest level is very vigorous and dynamic. However, club level fencing is slower and less demanding. Some of our fencers go to competitions and work hard; the rest of us are social fencers who fence for fun and for the moderate exercise. You can start at your own level and work up. Fencing is in short bursts with plenty of time to rest in between. If in doubt, ask your GP.
Can I go to a competition?
There are lots of competitions, at various levels for all age groups. In the UK these are organised by Scottish Fencing and British Fencing. Fencing is also an Olympic sport. Before you go, you will need to know what you're doing and have the right equipment.
Where can I find out more?
There are lots of good articles in Wikipedia on fencing. Come along to the club and watch or try it for yourself. We're always happy to answer any questions.