There's always something new to learn about fencing! Luckily, many knowledgable fencers, historians and humorists are eager to share their insights into our sport. We've listed some of our favorite resources here.
Maestro John's classic precis — written and drawn in his own hand — has been successfully introducing new fencers to the basic moves for over forty years! Coach Greg, the assistant instructors and other advanced fencers have developed additional useful handouts to accompany John's core document.
- Maestro John's Precis (PDF) (9 pages)
- Foil Right-of-Way Quick Guide (PDF) (1 page)
- Counterparries Overview (PDF) (3 pages)
- West Valley ("June's") Tournament Flyer (PDF) (1 page)
- Augmented Precis (PDF) (25 pages) Coming Soon
- Equipment Maintenance Basics (PDF) (5 pages) Coming Soon
Confirm a rule, register for a competition, or just find a laugh on the other end of these handy links:
We've heard that northern California has the most fencers per capita west of the Mississippi! Check out the Bay Area Fencing Clubs List, or these specific gatherings of fun people with pointy sticks:
- The Fencing Center of San Jose (San Jose, CA)
- California Fencing Academy (San Jose, CA)
- Halberstadt Fencing Club (San Francisco, CA)
- Golden Gate Fencing Center (San Francisco, CA)
- Cardinal Fencing Club (Palo Alto, CA)
- Las Positas Fencing Center (Livermore, CA)
- Salle Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
When possible, it's best to try on jackets and other gear before purchasing, to be sure they will fit. Here are some local Bay Area fencing stores that you can visit in person:
- Victory Fencing Gear (Millbrae, CA)
- American Fencers Supply (Pacifica, CA)
- Alliance Fencing Equipment (San Francisco, CA)
Victory Fencing Gear is run by Cole Harkness, a former student of Maestro John and a friend of the Salle; Cole offers top-quality goods, excellent advice and friendly service. American Fencers Supply also carries top-notch products. Alliance Fencing Equipment used to be called Athos.
Many other wonderful vendors worldwide sell fencing equipment, apparel and accessories online. Here are a few:
- Leon Paul USA (Atlanta, GA)
- Fencing Stars (Belmont, CA)
- The Fencing Post (Escondido, CA)
- Fencesmart Fencing Equipment (New York, NY)
- Blade Fencing (New York, NY)
- Physical Chess (Springfield, NJ)
- Triplette Competition Arms (Elkin, NC)
- Fencing.net (Atlanta, GA)
- Uhlmann Fencing (Germany)
And if you'd like to show off your Salle DeCesare spirit, check out our Cafe Press shop for T-shirts, mousepads, mugs and more!