In order to ensure safety at our events, we have implemented some basic safety equipment requirements:
SPARRING: Gloves and face/head protection are REQUIRED during our sparring sessions. Head/face protection includes paintball masks, hockey masks, fencing or kendo helmets, or something similar. Accidents happen – even with our most skilled competitors. This is for your safety to protect your eyes, ears, neck.
TRAINING/DRILLS: The same equipment is RECOMMENDED but not required during instructional training sessions.
We consider these optional, though many of our team members eventually make the investment. This is a full contact sport, strikes and accidents happen. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and you can invest over time depending on your own factors. None of these are required, but we want to make you aware and help you protect yourself.
Elbow guards & shin guards. You’ve probably been hit there before, accidentally hitting a table or corner. It’s not fun. Even simple soft-guards help.
A gorget. Every newcomer quickly learns that even with the neck protection of a fencing helmet, a strike to the neck or throat hurts – badly. A gorget will protect you far more than a fencing helmet pad will do. We have a link below under “equipment” to a popular one on Amazon you can get for $30.
Chest guard. Some people do, some don’t. But again, as a full contact sport, where stabs and thrusts happen, this is just an additional layer of protection to keep you in the game. Often something like a paintball chest protector will do fine, and are inexpensive.