FAQ

What is fencing?

Fencing is a sport in which two competitors fight with “rapier style” swords. There are three weapons to choose from, Epee, Foil, and Saber. Each weapon has its own rules and strategies. You can learn more about each weapon under our “About” section .

When/Where is practice?

In the Fall, Beginners fencing practice is from 4PM to 5PM, Veteran fencing practice is 5PM-6PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

In the Spring, practice for everyone is 4PM-6PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Practice is at the Student Recreation & Fitness Center which is located on Fletcher Drive, beside the Student Health Care Center.

When/How do I join?

We have our recruitment during the beginning of the Fall semester, which is when the bulk of our new members join. However, anyone can join anytime.

I don’t have any prior fencing experience, can I still join?

Of course! Many of our fencers started fencing here at UF with no experience.

Do you only recruit freshman?

No! Recruitment is open to any year! Most of our fencers start during their freshman year, however that should not discourage you from joining.

Do I need to purchase my own gear? 

We supply gear to our beginning fencers. It is encouraged that you buy your own gear by the Spring semester, however, you can always rent gear from the closet.

What should I wear to practice?

Wear athletic clothes, and comfortable sneakers.

Are there any club dues?

No! Instead we require our fencers to participate in fundraisers and volunteer. There are many opportunities throughout the semester for our fencers to do so.

Will I be able to travel?

Yes! If you have over 50% attendance and fulfill all your volunteer and fundraising requirements you WILL be able to travel!

What if I don’t want to fence competitively?

Our fencers are able to choose to fence competitively or recreationally.

Does your club have all three weapons?

Yes! Our fencers can choose to either train to fence Epee, Foil, or Saber.

Does your club have electric scoring equipment?

Yes! Each weapon has a designated electric day.

Who can I contact if I have any more questions?

You may contact our officers here.