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Fencing Equipment

To participate in class, you should wear:

  • Long sport pants, Tennis shoes, T-shirt


All NJFA fencing equipment is sanitized after each session and is not shared between participants.

Buying equipment for your fencer can be confusing for the novice parent, and even sometimes for the not-so-novice parent. No parents want their child to be the only one who’s not prepared. You want your children to have the proper equipment they need. If you’re joining a fencing club for the first time, you can most likely hold off on buying any equipment. We provide basic equipment for an initial period. We all know that children are unpredictable and often change their minds, so it makes sense to try the sport before buying your own equipment.


You will need sports clothes (T-shirts, sweatpants, athletic shoes), a towel, and a water bottle.


NJFA will provide club equipment that your child will be able to use temporally.  Once your child has decided to keep fencing then it will be time to invest in quality equipment, as it will last for years.  Once your child starts competing, they must own a complete set of equipment.

Before competing, you may get by with one weapon, one set of basic gear, not including knickers. NJFA will allow students to train in sweatpants or something similar as long as their legs are covered.  Once they start competing fencing pants will be required.


When it’s time to buy, NJFA make this task easy as we have a store that is fully equipped to satisfy your every need. We also offer equipment rentals for a monthly fee for those who are not ready to commit to buying. 

Fencing Equipment List:

  1. Chest protector (or chest guard): required for female, but males may choose not to wear (strongly recommended for younger children regardless of gender)

  2. Underarm protector

  3. Jacket

  4. Lame (for foil/sabre only): electrical vest

  5. Mask (weapon-specific)

  6. Gloves (foil/epee gloves are different from sabre gloves)

  7. Fencing Bag (to carry equipment)

  8. Foil, epee, or sabre weapon (2 required at competitions, advanced fencers 3)

  9. Body cord (or body wire) (2 required at competitions)

  10.  Mask cord (for foil/sabre only) (2 required at competitions)

  11.  Fencing pants aka Knickers (required for competitions, depends on specific club whether required during training)

  12.  Long socks (required for competitions, depends on specific club whether required during training)

  13.  Fencing shoes (recommended, but not required; however, many clubs require clean, non-street shoes as a protective measure for the fencing floors and you are expected to respect these rules)

  14.  You can also consider buying a cup for male fencers if you are concerned with that area. However, from our experience, most male fencers on all levels fence without one.

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