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The activity of fencing is unique in the type of protective equipment that it requires. Given our preference for speed and agilty we need clothing that is light and airy. Given the fact that we are often thwacking each other with steel we want clothing that is going to lessen the pain from those hits. At RDFC we use good quality club gear that covers the minimum in terms of protection. Fencers are encouraged to purchase their own, higher quality equipment when time, inclination and finances permit.

Mandatory Protective Clothing

This clothing is absolutely required to participate in any fencing activity at RDFC. As such, the club provides this for beginning students and club members.


The mask is designed to be worn over any old hairstyle and should fit snugly under the chin and around the cheekbones. At RDFC we absolutely forbid any bladework without a mask on.


The jacket is usually made of a tough cotton synthetic and provides protection agains general pokes to the chest. Ladies are required to use breast protectors (those yellow fruit looking things beside the jacket) either inside their bra (the preferred method) or in specially designed pockets in the jacket.
The breeches (or pants) are an optional piece of equipment that are, nevertheless required for competitions in Alberta.


The lame is the electronic score keeping device used in fencing competitions. The lame looks similar to a fencing jacket. The foil fencing lame is filled with electronic nodes that can take a measurement each time your opponent strikes you. This allows for more accurate, computerized scoring.


The plastron is an essential piece of fencing equipment. The role of the plastron is to protect the underarm area in the event of an accidental puncture. It is generally worn on the right side for right-handed individuals, or the left side for left-handed individuals, since this is most likely the side that you will be fencing with. Here is how to choose a plastron for fencing.


The glove is a required piece of equipment and protects against the frequent thrashings to the knuckles and back of the hand that are an inevitable result of fencing. It is not advised to use any other type of glove except a specially designed fencing glove as no other sport/activity requires the same type & amount of padding while also requiring a very high degree of feel and dexterity. Along with the mask and jacket, this makes up the bear minimum protective equipment required for fencing.


Fencing shoes are available that afford the fencer better footing and ankle support although most mid-level competitive fencers use good quality gum-soled court shoes.

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