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5 Hacks for Storing Fencing Equipment at Home

5 Hacks for Storing Fencing Equipment at HomeFencing equipment is both wonderful and horrible. It’s wonderful because it allows us to do the thing that we love most – fencing. It’s horrible because it can be a beast to store and keep organized. Storing Fencing Equipment at Home may be tricky!

Keeping your child’s fencing equipment neat, clean, and in working order can be incredibly challenging. Fencing bags can fester with sweaty shoes and half eaten protein bars if not cleaned out regularly. That expensive fencing equipment can become damaged if it’s not properly taken care of at home and on the road.

These seven ideas for storing fencing equipment at home will not only make life as a fencer family easier, it’ll help to ensure that fencing practice is more effective because equipment will be in working order!

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Fencing Blade Size: How to Choose the Right One

How to choose the right fencing blade sizeGetting the fencing blade size right is an important, if sometimes mystifying, process. It’s one of those things that so many new fencers just aren’t sure about!

Where it starts

The regulated weapon size for youth 10 events is #2, while older category fencers use #5. What those numbers mean is that the #2 weapon is 3 inches shorter than the #5 weapon is. But that extra length also means that it is a bit heavier.

Typically kids retire their Y10 short weapons once they age out of Y10 category.  And typically they rush to purchase a shiny new “real size” weapon. Most parents know about either #5 or #2 blades and oftentimes do not know exactly what to purchase when.

The goal of this post is to help novice parent choose the right blade for their child. One word of caution though – before you make your decision based on what I write in this post, consult with your coach. They see your child fence every day, they know their strengths and weaknesses and will be able to make the right choice of the weapon.

So what do blade size numbers mean?

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How and Why to Mark Your Fencing Gear

How-and-Why-to-Mark-Your-Fencing-GearWhat’s the number 1 reason for buying a new piece of fencing gear? If you’re a fencing parent then you probably know the answer already.  It’s not because it wears out, or because they outgrow it, though those certainly do happen occasionally. The number 1 reason for buying a new piece of fencing gear is far and away because kids loose their stuff.

I cannot even count how many times gloves, foils, masks, jackets, body cords and even sometimes knickers get lost.

Why does fencing gear get lost?

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How to Measure and Choose a Fencing Gear Size

How to Measure and Choose a Fencing Gear SizeEven though  the number one reason to buy new equipment is because it gets lost, it’s still quite common for parents to buy significantly bigger jackets, lame and knickers for their fast growing young fencers in an effort to save money.  Of course all parents prefer spending less on fencing gear, but is it really ok to put your child on the fencing strip in something that makes them the biggest moving target in the competition? How can you find the right size in fencing gear, allowing “room to grow” but without exaggerating?

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Tips for Choosing the Right Fencing Bag

Tips for choosing the right fencing bag

What’s the thing that is always full, a bit mysterious and goes with a fencer everywhere? It’s the fencing bag! Choosing the right fencing bag can be a bit of a challenge, as there are tons of options out there – some of which you might be more familiar with than others. Fencers use their bags constastly, so getting the a bag that will work will make things a LOT easier.

You’ll be able to find the perfect bag for you with these quick and easy tips for choosing the right fencing bag, with pros and cons to help you sort through the options that are available.

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