All attendees appreciate that FightCamp is an event for practitioners of largely weapon-based martial arts. It is therefore important for us all to endeavour to reduce risk and increase safety.
FightCamp have a team of dedicated first aiders. They include official first aid members with up to date first aid certificates, and a further team of medically trained professionals who will support.
First Aiders and medical professionals happy to help will have a wristband identifying them as such.
If you have any serious medical concerns, please phone 999 for an ambulance before finding a first aider.
General Safety Rules
- Be careful when handling weapons, regardless of whether they are sharp or blunt
- Put all weapons away in your tent or car when classes finish for the day
- Wear appropriate protection when training or sparring
- Stop participating if a Marshal tells you they believe you are being unsafe. Their decision is final.
- Stop participating if a First Aider believes that you should do so for your own health. In this unusual circumstance you will not be permitted to continue unless you can provide a doctor’s note to the contrary
Rules For Steel Sparring
Steel Sparring Protective Clothing
All of the following must be worn when steel sparring:
- Fencing mask from a reputable retailer (CEN 1 or 2), with no signs of rust or deformation. It must be well fitted and secure on the head.
- Cut resistant back of head protection (padded, leather or hard plastic) that can be worn under the mask, attached to the mask or as an overlay.
- Padded or hard throat protection, providing competent protection against a stab getting to the throat under the mask, or in the form of a gorget or stiff plate in the fencing jacket collar, or leather apron with leather blade catcher pocket on the outside. A simple fabric collar will not suffice
- 800N fencing plastrons for both right and left sides OR 800N fencing jacket underneath the chest protection and outer jacket. If the outer jacket is 800N rated by itself, including the armpits, this will suffice
- Men must wear a cup, box or jock-strap. These are also highly advised for women
- Gloves appropriate to the weapon being used, with cuffs overlapping the bottom edges of the jacket sleeves in all motions
- Outer fencing jacket with fully enclosed upper body and arms.
- Including 350N/800N sport fencing jackets, heme-specific fencing jackets or gambesons where the whole upper torso is enclosed, without openings such as at the armpits.
- Knee and shin protection
Steel Sparring Weapons
The following steel weapon rules must be followed:
- All weapons must be in suitable condition for use. Free of rust and pitting, with no kinks or bends to the blade or tang, with no deep notches in the edges.
- Hilts must be entirely solid on the tang, edges and hilts must be burr-free and smooth. Hilts should not have any sharp protrusions.
- Weapons must be maintained to this standard throughout the event
- If any weapon becomes bent such that it is likely to have become fatigued or work hardened to a dangerous degree in that portion of the blade, then it should be retired immediately.
- All steel weapons must have either a rolled forged blunt tip, a spent brass rifle cartridge securely fixed on the end or a rounded blunt blade tip at least 20mm across. Rubber blunt tips are not permitted.