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Why Fencing Footwork Is like a Car Chase with Mike Tyson

“Tempo!”

Every fencer has heard their coach use this familiar word. It’s one of the most critical skills in fencing, they’ll say. But what exactly does it mean? Most fencers would probably define it as something like how fast you’re going or your speed. And that’s not wrong, but it does paint an incomplete picture. One of the first things that comes to mind when I think about speed is driving. So let’s go for a drive, and unpack exactly what “tempo” means in terms of your fencing, and, in particular, your footwork.

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