The club has a good supply of loaner equipment so that new members can borrow things like training swords and fencing masks in the beginning. There are no equipment hiring fees, and no need to book gear in advance.
If you have any questions about equipment, please just speak to the instructor and ask for recommendations.
If you decide that this is the sport for you, then we strongly recommend buying your own fencing mask as soon as possible. Masks are not so expensive in the grand scheme of things, and having your own means that you will always have one and you won’t need to share with anyone else. This makes it more hygienic, and there will be a better chance that your own mask will fit you correctly, as masks are designed to be squashed slightly in whatever directions are required to achieve a better fit.
The minimum quality of fencing mask that we accept is a CEN level 1 fencing mask in good condition, although we recommend a CEN level 2 mask if possible.
When you decide that it is time to buy your mask, please speak with the instructor, or make your purchase through the Liverpool HEMA online shop. Purchases made through our own shop will help fund the club and its activities!
Not all swords are appropriate for HEMA, due to issues with their construction. Generally speaking, we accept training swords from a reputable swordsmith with a good track record within the HEMA community, that are of a suitable weight and flexibility, and of course: blunted, not sharp. We all have a duty of responsibility towards our training partners, so we must ensure that we use safe training tools.
Initially, most new members will start by using plastic training swords, because these have been the easiest way to outfit the club with loaner equipment. Even though they are plastic, they are still dangerous if used inappropriately, and should still be treated as real swords at all times.
When you decide that it is time to buy a synthetic training sword for yourself, please speak with the instructor, or make your purchase through the Liverpool HEMA online shop.
We have a few pairs of padded gloves available for lending out for sparring. However, on the whole, we do discourage padded gloves such as lacrosse or hockey styles of glove, as these are simply not protective enough to keep the hands safe. Instead, we recommend saving up and buying the correct pair of gloves first time, rather than running the risk of broken hands before deciding to upgrade to the correct gloves anyway.
Although (almost) any gloves are certainly better than no gloves at all, it is safer and significantly more cost-effective just to buy the correct gloves first time round and not need to worry about them thereafter.
When you decide that it is time to buy a pair of gloves for yourself, please speak with the instructor, or make your purchase through the Liverpool HEMA online shop.