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Fencing For Beginners, Your First Competition

January 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 183

As a new fencer, your first fencing competition can be a bit overwhelming. It is always a beehive of activity. Other fencers will help but are often very busy getting themselves prepared. A little bit of pre-knowledge about where to go and what to listen for will go a long way toward making your first fencing competition a success.

Being nervous is normal for a first time competitor. Finding yourself someone who has experience competing will be very helpful. They can point out what to do, and where you need to report to. The problem as expressed before, is that the experienced fencers are normally quite busy themselves.

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Make sure that you show up early for the competition. There is normally a schedule that is posted on your fencing organization's website or sometimes at your fencing club. The times listed on the schedule are when registration closes. You should show up at least half an hour before the listed time so that you have a substantial amount of preparation available to you. Normally the fencing event will start about a half an hour after registration closes for that event but this can be a moving target based on the competition and its hosts.

WHERE DO I GO FIRST?

When you get to the venue, the first thing that you should do is go to registration. The title "registration" can be confusing, as the first time I was told to go to registration, I stated that I had already registered and paid for the competition. I found out later that registration is really just a check-in station. The attendants will be able to help you with the process. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may require some form of identification to sign in.

OK, I'M REGISTERED, NOW WHAT?

Next find a place to put your fencing bag so that it is easily accessible and recognizable as there will likely be many others with similar bags to yours. They'll be randomly placed (thrown) in a totally disorganized and smelly collage of fencing bags and equipment. Consider attaching some form of name tag or ribbon to your bag for ease of recognition. Labeling your equipment is also recommended.

Now, take your mask to the armoury. You may also need to get your wires and lames checked. Observing others in the armoury line should give you a hint as to what must be checked. Once you are there, the armorer will test your mask in a variety of ways. If it passes you will receive a stamp on the mask's bib that is to be shown to your judge when you are called to fence.

A final tip, avoid buying your fencing equipment at a competition. Whether you are a beginner, olympian, coach, or armorer, you'll find everything you'll need at http://www.fencingstars.com for much less.

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