What is fencing?

Modern fencing is a sport with roots dating back as far as ancient Egypt. While the sword was used for self-defense in earlier times, modern fencing has evolved into a fun, dynamic, and fast-paced sport.

Fencing is fast and athletic, not like the choreographed duels you see in movies. There is no swinging from the chandeliers or leaping from balconies, just two fencers lunging and retreating in intense competition on a long narrow strip. The movement is so fast that the touches must be scored electronically and a director or referee stands by to determine who scored the touch.

Why fencing?

Fencing, like any other sport, is fun, its great exercise, and its accessible to people of all shapes and sizes. Fencing requires you to train not just your body, but your mind as well, making you focused, fast, and efficient. Every movement is at once powerful and economical, decisive and swift. Fencing is a unique sport with a strength, beauty, and grace all its own.

Is fencing safe?

Fencing is very safe. We take care to follow the rules of the sport strictly and to respect the weapon. We always wear safety gear (masks, gloves, and protective jackets) and never play around when people without protection are nearby. As a result of this emphasis on safety, fencing has one of the lowest rates of injury of any sport. If you do it correctly, fencing should not hurt.

Why are your packages structured the way they are?

The fencing packages at Brooklyn Bridge Fencing are structured so that the student can get as much fencing practice as possible. There are three main aspects of fencing practice: private lessons, fencing exercises/footwork and bouting. The packages at Brooklyn Bridge Fencing are designed to cover all three so that the student can become proficient and successful as quickly as possible.

How many days a week do I need to fence?

Beginners usually attend a class once a week, but after a few months are encouraged to attend more frequently once they decide they like the sport. Fencing ability doesn’t develop overnight, but the more you fence, the quicker your skills will improve. Our unlimited packages are designed to train fencers regularly and often so that they can become proficient enough to start competing as soon as possible. (We suggest at least six months of practice before entering your first competition.) Our packages encourage students to take advantage of as much time on the strip and with the coach as possible.

Once a student has decided that he/she wants to pursue fencing further, it’s best to start with one private lesson a week, a class, and bouting. Students who want to fence in competitive tournaments should practice two to three days a week and take two private lessons a week. Students who have aspirations of becoming elite fencers need to practice a minimum of three times a week and take at least three private lessons per week.

Do I need to buy all the equipment?

In the beginning, we provide all the necessary equipment. However, after the first few months, we ask you to buy your own glove and mask for hygienic reasons. After that, if you decide to pursue the sport further, you’ll need to buy more of your own equipment.