Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
· What is fencing? Fencing has been called “physical chess” and is the martial art of fighting with swords. Fencing is divided into three weapons categories: foil, saber, and epée. Competitive fencing is one of five activities which has been featured at every one of the modern Olympic games.
· What should I do if I have never fenced before? Contact us and stop by! We would love to explain the game to you and have you join us. We are happy to answer any questions you have and help you decide if fencing is something you would like to try.
· Who can learn to fence? Anyone who has an interest in learning to fence can begin. We teach young children all the way up to adults. Anyone can learn to fence.
· Is fencing dangerous? Fencing is one of the safest sports you can take part in. All the weapons are blunted, and fencers wear plenty of safety gear. As part of the registration, we do require our members to sign a liability waiver. If the fencer is under 18 we require a parent or guardian's to sign the waiver.
· Are you insured? Yes, Connecticut Fencers Club has insurance though the United States Fencing Association (USFA).
· What should I bring to club? Wear comfortable pants and a pair of indoor shoes with non-marking soles. We will provide all other equipment. If you decide to continue to fence and compete, we will help you chose the most appropriate gear.
· Can fencing help me get into college? Fencing is a great addition to add to a resume for college. There are many colleges and universities that have sanctioned NCAA fencing teams.
· I'm home schooled in Connecticut. Does this affect my ability to participate in tournaments? In Connecticut (unlike many other states), fencing is a club sport. While homeschoolers cannot participate in varsity sports at their local high schools, they can be part of a fencing club, such as CTF. Whether they compete for a high school team or a club team, homeschoolers in Connecticut can compete in the Connecticut High School State Fencing Championships.