Rules & Equipment

It is a condition of your membership, and your insurance that you follow the AHF rules as well as meet or exceed the requirements of the current equipment guide (link at the bottom of this page). If you have any questions, contact one or both of the instructors (Michael & Nick Thomas).

General AHF Rules

  • Discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation are unacceptable. If you, or somebody you know has been subjected to this, please speak with one or both of the instructors. This can be done in session, or privately by phone/email.
  • Ensure you are hydrated at all times.
  • Report injuries needing attention to the instructors, who carry first aid kits, and will assist in finding further assistance if required.

AHF Fencing Rules

  • All training weapons to be covered when carried outside of the training hall.
  • During sparring times, masks are to be worn in the sparring area at all times, whether you are sparring or not. If you wish to remove your mask, move to the edges of the room.
  • You are responsible for the training weapon you are using.  You must ensure your weapon is tight, burr free, and with safety tips intact at all times.
  • You are responsible for ensuring you are using protective gear that meets or exceeds the club’s minimum requirements and is safe and in good order.
  • Contact levels – You must adjust your contact levels to the level your opponent is happy with. Excessive contact is unacceptable. If anyone is hitting harder than you would like, tell them, or inform an instructor.
  • Never intentionally strike the back of the head, even when your opponent has protection there (which all must have for synthetic/steel sparring).
  • Sparring will always start and end with a salute, for the safety of both fighters.
  • Unless specifically stated in sparring, fighters will stop on any substantial hit, and separate before going in to the next engagement.
  • If ‘stop’ or ‘halt’ is called by either fencer in sparring, or any other member of the club, you will stop sparring immediately, and will not resume until it is safe to do so.
  • Grappling is permitted if both participants are willing to do so. But caution must be used to not risk injury for both parties.

Weapon & Equipment

Download the AHF Weapons and Equipment Guide 2020 Version here.

All training equipment and training weapons are to be purchased and owned by club members. The instructors will loan training weapons out to get you started, but it is your responsibility to acquire the suitable equipment as laid out in this guide as quickly as possible. You are responsible for the equipment you are wearing, and the training weapons you are using, and must ensure they are safe and in good condition at all times to prevent injury to yourself and others. If you have any questions or require any additional advice, please contact the instructors by email via the website, on Facebook (as individuals or through the AHF public page or members group) or talk to us in person at the sessions. 

Download the AHF Weapons and Equipment Guide 2020 Version here.