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Schedule for 2014 and start in 2015

Posted by mjmatadors on November 23, 2014

As we wind down in 2014, please take a look at the November and December calendars.

The last day of 2014 is December 16, and the first night of 2015 is January 6.

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MJ tournament: Wheatland Open

Posted by mjmatadors on October 20, 2014

Registration for the Wheatland Open is open until 10:00 pm this Friday, October 24. Online sign-up is at https://sites.google.com/a/saskfencing.org/sask-fencing/competition-info. The schedule of events is available.

Team supper, venue, and hotel information is at https://mjmatadors.wordpress.com/wheatland-open/.

Work schedule is at https://mjmatadors.wordpress.com/wheatland-open/wheatland-info-for-matadors/.

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Tournaments 2014-2015

Posted by mjmatadors on September 1, 2014

The final dates are not yet confirmed, but here are the planned dates for the Saskatchewan Fencing Association in-province tournaments. Look at the SFA site for more info, and for online sign-ups:

Sept 27 & 28, 2014 Asquith Open Delisle
Nov 1 & 2, 2014 Wheatland Open Moose Jaw
Jan 24 & 25, 2015 (not confirmed) Militia Open Saskatoon
Feb 7 & 8, 2015 (not confirmed) Chinook Open Swift Current
Mar 7 & 8, 2015 (not confirmed) Sask Open (Provincials) Regina
Mar 21, 2015 (not confirmed) Team Challenge Saskatoon
Apr 11 & 12, 2015 (not confirmed) Northwestern Open Prince Albert

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Buying equipment

Posted by mjmatadors on March 24, 2014

I have had several people ask about buying fencing equipment. There are European companies, and Chinese-made equipment available through a number of companies. There are also different ratings on equipment (based on how much force the equipment can take before it fails). Ask the coaches about these ratings, and what type of equipment you need.

The closest source is our coach John. He sells equipment from Alliance (Chinese-made): http://www.alliancefencingequipment.com, and European as well (Allstar, PBt, and more): http://www.crossedswords.ca. It is best to ask him about what he has and prices.

Online, you can find a number of US companies selling Chinese-made items:

Among the European companies, some popular brands are

When considering a purchase, though, also consider resale value. For instance, it is easier to sell a FIE mask than one with a lower rating. For weapons, I highly recommend spending a bit more on a European blade. FIE/maraging blades are not necessary, but you want a blade that will last a fairly long time. For your first weapon, John is an invaluable help – he can customize it to what you want, and guide you through the process.

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