Discussion in 'New to Fencing' started by Foxbat, Apr 11, 2018.
Looking to reduce bruising to the upper arm and shoulder.
Nothing other than my jacket, no...
Softer hits by your opponents.
Which weapon - it can make a difference.
Have you talked with your coach.
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.
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.
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.
I knew an epee fencer who fashioned a biceps protector out of a liter-size plastic soda bottle.
Epee fencer. Don't mind a few bruises, but have too many. Was thinking along the lines of something like this:
Goldgar - by all means, please check and let me know.
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.
When you are sparring in a manner where you are repeating the same move purposefully, then a coaches sleeve or plastron might be appropriate?
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. )
Yes, I do wear a plastron.
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.
Yes, she still has some in stock. I've sent you a private message.
Got your message, and it does look good! Thank you!
Have you considered something like the evoshield slash protectors, I know a few of the vets who have pacemakers use the recoil pad instead of the full on chest guard and rate them quite highly. http://elitesportsproducts.ie/product/evoshield-slash-guards/
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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