How do I find a good fencing club?
Start with your local Provincial or Divisional fencing association.
If you don't know how to find them, contact your national fencing
body (see question 16). The local association will be able to tell
you about officially recognized clubs in your area. Many
universities and colleges also sponsor fencing clubs and teams that
will often accept non-students as members. You might also check out
courses or camps offered by local community centers. Once you have a
list of potential clubs, you will want to evaluate them and your
needs. Desirable qualities vary, depending on your skill level and
what you want to get out of fencing.
Ask the following questions when selecting your club (if you're not
sure what you want, "yes" is a good answer to all these questions):
Does it have an active beginners' program? Are there enough fencers
of your own skill level? Are there some fencers above your skill
level? If you don't have your own equipment, does the club provide
it? Does the club have ample electric scoring boxes and reels? Does
the club emphasize the same weapons that you are interested in? Do
club members compete regularly? Does the club have a master or
coach? Has he/she had many competitive successes either fencing or
coaching? Can you get individual lessons and instruction? At no
Lastly, atmosphere is important to any social endeavour. Choose a
club that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed without sacrificing
the athletic spirit that is essential to progress.
Link to the next chapter: What kind of equipment
should I buy?