My family moved into a new neighborhood a few years ago. I have a neighbor I'll call Al who I would consider an acquaintance. We make small talk from time to time but don't have much in common. He has two kids that like to play in a very nice tree house in a large oak that Al built. They can be a bit loud at times, but I have a young kid myself so I'm used to it.
Neither my yard nor Al's have a fence, which didn't bother me too much at first. However, another neighbor moved in behind me with a large dog that likes to come into my yard and makes me nervous, especially with my own kid getting older and spending more time outside. I have a small dog too, and the new neighbor's dog has gotten aggressive towards him. The new neighbor has blown me off when I've talked to him, so I decided to build a 6 foot fence around my back yard so my kid and dog can play safely.
I had a survey done, and discovered that the property line is actually further out than I thought. The tree that Al's tree house is on is actually about 5 feet inside my property, and I'm now a bit concerned. One of Al's kids took a tumble a few months back, and even though he wasn't seriously hurt, I've realized that I could be legally liable in the future if someone falls out of the tree house.
So the next time I saw Al in his yard I got his attention and told him about the situation. I said that I planned to put up the fence around my property and that included the tree. I told him I was sorry because I knew they loved the tree house, and that I would even help him dismantle it if he wanted to rebuild it in a tree on his property. He told me that there weren't any good trees in his yard, and that he put a ton of work into that tree house and his kids loved it. He asked me if I could leave the tree outside of the fence or put in a gate so his kids could come into my yard and play in it. I told him that I wanted to build the fence on the property line and that I was uncomfortable letting his kids play on my property.
Al called me a jerk and said I was breaking his kids hearts. He went into his house and slammed the door, and he's ignored me since. I know I'm legally within my rights to build the fence (checked with local permits) but morally, AITA here?
So I’ve seen similar posts on this Reddit before, but I’m genuinely interested in hearing other people’s opinions now of my current situation. I’m a US fencer that started as a 13 year old and am now currently 19. I’ve had a great high school season overall and am in my first year of college at a school where fencing is only offered as a club. I’ve fallen in love with the sport completely, almost too much compared to my peers. I’ve been to a small amount of national tournaments (about 8, US based) but my national ranking isn’t all that great as I haven’t been to enough NACs to rake in experience and national points. The fencing scene isn’t as diverse as the coasts (I’m in the Midwest), but it’s not particularly bad either.
I’ve made connections with other coaches that have said I have potential to do well internationally (keyword potential), and have shown interest in working with me (meaning I might have to move). I don’t know how realistic it is for me to think I’ll make it to the top, as other redditors have said that making it in fencing isn’t something guaranteed with just hard work and commitment. Because I’m in college, I’m trying to decide on a career that will allow me to continue fencing once I finish my undergrad. So, what are the steps to take to get there? I don’t wanna sound cliche by saying things like “I know I can make it to the top” because while it’s a nice thought, I also need to be realistic.
I also can see myself being a fencing coach in the future, I’m aware that it requires a different skill set and I’d need experience to coach someone.
I just had to be a jerk and chase 3 bulldozers out of my property... and I'm a little stunned.
The township is building a community rec center in some unused land adjacent to ours. There was a neutral buffer between the two properties, but it contains a little road they want to maintain, and as such they cleared area on either side, including a fence that separated my property from the neutral space, and some trees that were just behind the fence, on my side of the property line.
Now, this fence *also* runs away from the property line and back into my property, but they removed the entire fence, including the part that was on my property.
I love the idea of a rec center, but this is really scaring me. my property is currently used for some agriculture (though zoned residential. a farmer rents it from us), and I'm worried about our legal liabilities with children on the other side. we also have a pond filled with snapping turtles and other things that could cause injuries that we could be responsible for.
There are a few trees left, and they are the only remaining visual separation between my property and the area being developed into a community center.
I'd really like that fence to be put back, or at least for them to give us the materials in the fence (they took all the fenceposts back to their shop) so we can put it back up. And I asked them to put up something to demarcate our land from theirs, but Im worried that I have no way to ensure theyre being faithful to the original designations.
What options do I have?
Thank you so much.
So I was thinking what should I get for the first piece of equipment? I was thinking a glove and a jacket? And where should I get it off of like what website?
The state is NSW
We've gone to the tribunal with this neighbour over payment for the fence in which the neighbour demanded we pay half and tear down a sandstone wall at the front to replace with a colorbond fence. The decision was that we would pay a flat fee of $2500 within 14 days of completion and the sandstone wall is to remain as is, however the fence is to be no more than 1.8m.
Fast forward to today, the fence is completed and we've received an invoice but they've built on top of the sandstone wall claiming that they technically didn't touch it so it's okay, and the fence that they built is about 2.8 m tall from our ground level. The fencing laws say that the height can't exceed 1.8m however it doesn't specify from which side.
The neighbour also installed a retaining wall which increased their ground level by about 1.4m. So while the fence is 1.8m on their side its huge from our side. Just wondering if the laws state that the fence is required to be 1.8m from the lower ground level or the higher one.
Just to give people a clear idea here's some pictures of the situation.
Hi. As a male foil fencer, I know this topic might not be the most appealing, but it is one that needs to be addressed. Is there not actually a cup that's designed more or less for fencing? When it comes to actual serious bouts, I get really insecure of my private part because doing moves like counter attacks sort of exposes it. Trust me on this, because I have experience and I have been hit there. Do you guys have any tips on how there can be better protection, or some gear? I have bought this special groin protector for muay Thai or taikuandou, but its just quite uncomfortable, especially for your leg movement and manuvering across the strip.
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Would it help to learn fencing first then hema? I’m asking this cause I’m in Hong Kong and im not old enough to go to one of the clubs and so I was wondering if I could substitute hema with fencing for the time being and whether or not it’d help.
I’ve seen rants about people saying that fencing is bad cause of rules and stuff but I’m kind of short on options and it’s either fencing, kendo or none.
Please help, thanks!
I've done ballroom dancing for exercise and socializing for 10 years, but in 2020-2021, dance isn't exactly social distance friendly, masked or not.
This led to early this January when I started my beginner fencing course! I didn't think I could survive another year without movement or fun. I absolutely love fencing and have wanted to try it as long as I can remember. I'm having a blast. Was nervous being an adult beginner (37f), but the fencing community (here & in class) have been incredibly welcoming, so thank you!
Getting ready to purchase my own equipment soon, which leads me to question: anyone have any tips on how to keep facemask from slipping down, up, sideways while putting on equipment and fencing? Any particular facemask work better? I'd like to discover if I'm any good at fencing, but it's difficult to say when I end up chewing on my mask or when it doubles as a blindfold or neck warmer 😂
ALSO have long hair which also ends up in my mouth, eyes when it comes loose. Tried a braid, pony, bun etc. Braid worked best, but between very fine hair that easily comes loose and equipment / facemask, it still gets in my eyes.
This could either be for any element of your fencing: training, competitions, lessons, etc. What sort of music? Any artists in particular? Or a type of beat?
Back in spring my husband and I bought a house in town that sits down a small dead end street. It's just a small house on a tiny lot that we fixed up to rent out.
There is a one car gravel driveway that fills the space between our house and the rental house next door. The driveway has only been there a few years and that space used to be a small yard. We surveyed the lot and found that 90% of it sits on our lot and the rest, about the width of a sidewalk, goes to the home next door. The driveway can be used without being on thier property at all.
In around July a family moved in next door and we told them that our tenant isnt home sometimes so they were more than welcome to use the driveway when he wasn't home. He actually drives over the road and is only home 4 days a month but we didn't tell them that.The only two conditions were he gets priority when he's home and they don't rut up our yard ( remember small street, hard to get in and out.)
Well yep you guessed it, our tenant came home to find they had staked off about a quarter of it because they were making a huge mudhole in thier own yard and our tenant could no longer use the driveway. Oh and of course they were driving in our yard to make up the difference. We also found our yard so full of dogshit that there isn't any grass left. Our tenant doesn't have a dog.
We decided to stop the bs right there and had a fence put up. The neighbor across the street is complaining rather loudly because he used the driveway too and he doesn't even know our names. We are also otr drivers and can't run home every week to do drama. AWTA for not trying to work things out with them?
(For context I’m a high schooler and go to an after school program at a private fencing school) I’ve been fencing about 2-3 times a week since September, but my state was on a bit of a lockdown in December so it’s only been 3 months. I got back into REALLY fencing today, last week I mainly did some footwork and other exercises, and I didn’t get a single hit, while my friend/ opponent got 8. I have my first tournament this Saturday, which my friends told me is super fun, and I signed up. But I feel like I’ll embarrass myself! It’s also right before my birthday so I was praying for some bday luck which is unlikely. I’m trying to remind myself I’m fencing because it’s fun, and I like it, and the motivation for exercise is great (I suffer from depression and anxiety so I haven’t been the most fit) though I just really feel like I’m not good enough
tl;dr I want to fence in a tournament Saturday but am a bit rusty and didn’t get any hits today.
I come from the competitive fighting game community. In fighting games, reaction time is incredibly important. A professional player of Guilty Gear wrote a theory of the way the game is played (You can find it here). Essentially, it boils down to a rock-paper-scissors match that is created by the reaction time of the players:
Oki-waza beats Ate-waza, Sashi-Kaeshi beats Oki-waza, and Ate-waza beats Sashi-Kaeshi.
Is there an analogue to this in fencing? If so, do these concepts have names? To me, it seems that fighting games and fencing are very similar in that the game consists of moving in and out of your opponent's range.
(P.S: Another thing that may be interesting to you folks: The writings of the Zen master to the Sword master.)
When people ask about fencing gear — whether for longsword or otherwise — the best advice is simply “ask your instructor”. This is still important, but since the topic keeps on coming up so much at the moment, I've put together some simple prescriptive advice.
These are my opinions from trying most of the stuff on the market and reflect my personal fencing equipment choices. I’ve been doing this for several years and taught and competed on several continents. If you don’t trust my opinions, ask your instructor.
For order of purchase, buy your groin protector first (if your anatomy requires it) and then work down the list section by section. Note that swords often have a really long lead time compared to everything else, so you may want to order your feder relatively early while you’re still assembling the rest of your kit.
Head and Neck
A fencing mask is the single most critical piece of safety gear you’ll get for any kind of fencing. Fingers mostly heal, broken ribs mostly heal, but eyes are extremely fragile and do not grow back or recover. Make sure this fits you well - you can squash the mask from the sides or top to help it fit, but mask fit is one of the most important factors for your safety in fencing. Get one, get it early, keep it in good condition and replace it when it’s getting tired or dented.
Mask: In the US, get the AF HEMA mask. Don’t bother with the attached overlay. In Europe, get a FIE coaching or epee mask instead - try suppliers like Allstar; Uhlmann; FWF; Leon Paul.
Overlay: SPES Unity Pro. This is the best pattern of overlay and the SPES one has the nicest plating setup on the back of the head. This will last you nearly forever and can be swapped from mask to mask.
Gorget: Destroyer Modz. What you need from a gorget is a hard plate as the last line of defense to stop your throat being crushed - this does that, doesn’t get in the way and is pretty cheap. You can get them from Purpleheart in the US and Black Armoury in the EU.
Hands and Forearms
Longsword fencing requires proper armoured gloves. You cannot learn to fence properly by using light gloves and not targeting the hands, and you will not learn to protect your hands better by wearing light gloves. You learn to protect your hands by wearing armoured gloves so your training partners can actually hit you in the hands. Sparring Gloves are lightweight, protective and have good mobility once broken in (particularly in the thumb).