While we do not require equipment for first few lessons, students should eventually purchase their own protective equipment. We have compiled a list of the suggested items to use in our classes. Because available equipment is always changing, we have compiled a Google Doc to keep a running list of recommended gear.

Read this before purchasing anything!

  • Do not be tempted to buy a sword first! It's not the first thing you need! We have plenty of loaner weapons, and you will be receiving your initial lessons in bâton.

  • Gear should be purchased in order of safety importance: mask and back of the head protector, gloves/gauntlets, neck protector, jacket, weapons.

  • Additionally, you will need sneakers and a cup if you have external genitalia.

  • Hard chest protectors are required for all students, regardless of gender.

  • When it comes to shoes, look for a pair that has soft soles and allows you to move quickly. You do not want a shoe with a thick sole that is not made for side to side motion, such as a typical running or basketball shoe. Consider purchasing fencing shoes, volleyball shoes, or indoor soccer shoes. Some popular ones are Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81, Adidas Sambas, Asics Gel Rocket, and the Adidas D'Artagnan,

  • Our club colors are WHITE (for jackets) and BLACK (for pants), though white fencing pants are also acceptable.



SPES Heavy gauntlets (for longsword)


Sparring Gloves (Mitten/Fechtschule Gdansk) (for longsword)


Neyman Trigger Gloves (for longsword)

$11 (Per glove. Order one for each hand!)

Absolute Standard 3-W Washable Glove (for rapier)

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Leon Paul HEMA Gorget


Absolute Force HEMA Deluxe Gorget

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SPES AP Jacket (for longsword)


SPES Officers Jacket (for rapier, sabre, etc. NOT LONGSWORD!)


"ARCEM" Black Armory Jacket

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