Yes, very! We'd be limiting ourselves to an extremely niche group if we required members to have prior sword fighting experience. Having sports or martial arts experience can be helpful, but it's certainly not required. We love beginners because they come to us as a clean slate ready to absorb new skills. We welcome everyone regardless of experience, fitness level, ability, or body type. Sword fighting is to be enjoyed by everyone.
Yup! Technically, you can come by anytime, but if you want a beginner friendly setting then we suggest coming in for our Saturday morning classes! Saturday morning classes are exclusively based around fundamentals, but you can attend any class you like!
Not right away, but most people choose to buy their own fencing masks usually after a month or so. Once you decide that this is a hobby you want to spend time doing, we can help recommend the best and safest gear for you. But you won't need to buy anything until you're ready to do so. We provide everything you need to participate. If you want to buy equipment please talk to one of our instructors first to confirm it is appropriate for our activities.
Like any sport, physical activity, or martial art there is always a risk of injury. However, we use safety equipment, blunted and flexible weapons, and adhere to a strict code of conduct to minimize the possibility of injury. Safety is everyone's responsibility, and we will never make you do anything you're uncomfortable with.
The swords that we use for sparring, solo drills, and partnered drills are not sharp. They are either nylon synthetic trainers or blunted steel swords. However, we do offer cutting with sharp swords as part of our practice. The swords we use for cutting are sharp and we only use them to cut targets.
We suggest you wear comfortable clothes suitable for movement and exercise. A water bottle is also strongly recommended. If you happen to have wrestling or karate shoes, bring those! We don't allow outside shoes on our training floor, but you're welcome to wear wrestling shoes, karate shoes, socks, or go barefoot. We sanitize our mats regularly.
We follow state mandates and guidelines, which means things can change at any moment. Currently, we do not require masks but we strongly encourage unvaccinated or vulnerable individuals to wear them. We do not require vaccinations or proof of vaccination status. Do what is best for your health and safety.
If you're under 18 you will require a legal guardian who is over 18 to be present to sign a liability waiver on your behalf. Legal guardians are strictly those who have been appointed legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the minor. Our regular classes are open to anyone 16 and over, and we also have youth classes for those who are between the ages of 12 and 15.