How to Survive Fencing Tournaments

A few years back, when I was helping run the tiny fencing club at Michigan Tech, I wrote up a short primer on fencing tournaments aimed at the beginning fencer. I lost track of it for a while, but ran across it on an old backup disk recently, and it still looks decently useful for attending your first fencing tournament. I’ve attached the document to this post; consider it to be under the Creative Commons BY-SA license.

If you’re a beginning fencer, this should give you a decent idea of what a tournament will look like, but check in with your coach! Your club may do things differently. If you’re a coach, please feel free to steal anything you like from this document, and I’d love to know if you find it useful.

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