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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for the most common questions regarding fencing. Anything we haven't mentioned or answered, please contact us.


Does it hurt to fence?

Fencing is one of the safest sports to compete in. Fencers wear protective clothing and masks, and the weapons do not have points or edges. 


Fencing is a contact and combat sport. Bruises are inevitable, but the pleasure of fencing stays around long after the bruises fade.


I’m not exactly athletic. Can I still fence?

Yes. Fencing is quite physical, but is also a sport of mental agility and tactics. And you’ll be surprised how quickly your fitness improves after a few training sessions!


As for any sport, if you are older or have cardiac issues, we recommend you get checked by a doctor first.


At what age can you start fencing?

The ideal age to start fencing for a child is around 7 or 8 years old. Children will be curious to explore different sports and hobbies to see what suits them. Adults are welcome to take up the sport of fencing at anytime. Contact your nearest club for session times.


How much does it cost to get involved in fencing?

Please refer to our Affiliation and Costs page for a break down of the current fees with FencingWA. Each club has their own membership structure, please contact them directly to find out about their membership fees.


What does "Affiliation" mean?

This is your membership with FencingWA, the state association, giving access to FWA competitions, training and development. It also provides you with insurance cover. You can find out more about affiliation here.


What is the difference between affiliated and non affiliated clubs?

Affiliated clubs are members of FencingWA and are supported by the Association to host state competitions, equipment and training in some cases. They are also insured as affiliated clubs. Non Affiliated clubs are not members and therefore don't benefit from the support and are not covered by insurance.


How can I do my affiliation?

You can affiliate with FencingWA through the affiliation link above the menu or you can also click here.


Do I have to compete in any of the events?

Not at all! Many fencers train only at club level for fun and fitness and don’t compete at state competitions. It is at your individual discretion whether you'd like to compete or not.


Where can I purchase equipment for training and competition?

Some clubs have beginner level equipment for sale, which is safe for training and state-level competitions. For national competition level equipment (800N or more), you can order from importers in Australia or direct from the overseas suppliers.


Talk to your club representative for gear recommendations and contacts for importers and suppliers.

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