Do I need to join the USFA?

You must be a USFA member to fence in any sanctioned event. However often you can buy a one day membership at the event. Check before going to make sure the organizers are equipped to offer this.

the USFA also provides insurance as part of it’s services, discounts at hotels and air travel and a Fencing magazine

Things are evolving at USFA. We are seeing many changes in rules regarding how events and the insurance will work. Keep checking back, I’ll do my best to keep you up to date.