We are often asked what is required for beginners:

Physical Ability

There is no physical ability requirement for students of BSIS. We strongly believe in building an inclusive community, and will work with our students to find the best way to make Iberian fencing work for you.  You do not need any particular level of fitness or athletic ability.  Our hall is wheelchair accessible.


We take students from 16 years of age, or 14 if there is an accompanying adult also training. Our instructors hold blue cards, as do our administration staff and Happiness Officers.


You will not need any equipment in order to attend classes. BSIS can provide you with protective glasses, gloves, and a rapier until you become overwhelmed with the desire to own your own.


Please wear comfortable clothing and comfortable enclosed shoes, and also preferably long sleeves and long pants/tights.