Anyone using arm protectors?

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  1. Foxbat

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    Looking to reduce bruising to the upper arm and shoulder.
     
  2. keropie

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    Nothing other than my jacket, no...
     
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    Softer hits by your opponents.
    Which weapon - it can make a difference.
    Have you talked with your coach.
     
  4. Inquartata

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    Never heard of "arm protectors". Don't know of anyone who has used such a thing.

    SCA fighting uses all sorts of armor from padded fabric to leather to plastic to steel. Might look into that.
     
  5. Goldgar

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    I've a friend who used to make and sell what she called "epee sleeves", composed of a pad for the upper arm and a leather protector for the inner elbow, thin enough to be worn under a fencing jacket. If you're interested, I can see if she still has any in stock.
     
  6. Steve Khinoy

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    Goldgar's suggestion is interesting. Of course, you can buy an epee sleeve such as the ones coaches use.
    But are you a foil or an epee fencer?
    If an epee fencer -- yes, you will get hit on your upper arm. But improve your technique, start by moving first the point, then the arm, then the body/leg, and you will be hit less.
    Same in foil, for that matter.
     
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    I knew an epee fencer who fashioned a biceps protector out of a liter-size plastic soda bottle.
     
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    I'm a foilist but recently been sparring with a fellow who constantly flicks hard and whippy attacks to my weapon arm side. My elbow was taking a beating. Couldn't find my old sabre elbow-cup. So I started using a compression sleeve under my jacket much like the one posted but with a padded section over the elbow - (COOLOMG Combat Basketball Pad Protector Gear Shooting Hand Arm Elbow Sleeve) It makes a tiny bit of difference - protection-wise - but not a lot. Also, I often use a lighter sous-plastron for practice but against this guy I make sure it is the heavier 800N one.
    Working on one's technique to prevent being hit in that area seems a better solution. I've been working on varying up my parries a lot more.
     
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    When you are sparring in a manner where you are repeating the same move purposefully, then a coaches sleeve or plastron might be appropriate?
     
  11. Inquartata

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    And you DO wear a plastron, right?

    A LOT of the fencers I know seem to reserve their plastrons for tournaments and skip them when bouting in practice. ( Damn fool thing to do if you ask me. )
     
  12. Foxbat

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    Yes, I do wear a plastron.
     
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    I'm going in about an hour to get a children's soccer shin guard for my upper arm.
    It would be better if I were a better fencer.
    Alas, I suck, so shin guard on my arm I must.:eek:
     
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    Yes, she still has some in stock. I've sent you a private message.
     
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    Got your message, and it does look good! Thank you!
     
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    I'm not sure what those would accomplish that a long sleeve shirt would not. I also don't believe that a long sleeve shirt will prevent bruising. I would not recommend these for your stated purpose.

    The protection mentioned by EspadaMK seems bulky (likely to catch a point and give away a touch) and not really well shaped for the purpose. If nothing else, it only provides protection to one side of the arm.
     

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