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Regular People Try Stabbing An Olympic Fencer

For some reason people watch fencing during the Olympics and think "I could do that", and folks with some degree of fighting or combat experience take it a step further and say "I bet I could get a thrust in on that Olympian".

If you know anything about fencing you know they're being ridiculous, since fencers train hard to avoid all attacks and riposte whenever possible, their lightning fast reflexes giving them an edge in battle.

But if you still think it would be easy to best an Olympic fencer in a duel then maybe this BuzzFeed Blue video will change your mind as it shows you why it's not as easy as you think to stab a fencer.

(YouTube Link)


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I agree, unfair. But I think the purpose of the video is to show that fencing is not just stabbing someone with a sword. When my 9 year old son started taking lessons, I was worried he'd think he could just hack and slash people, but we both learned there's a lot more strategy going on than someone with only a passing knowledge of fencing would think...

Oh, and being quick certainly helps.
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Kind of like boxing someone who knows how to do it. They can hit you at will on any spot and you can't hit them. Think Ali when he was young. Lightning fast reflexes and all.
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Totally unfair. What next? Regular people play pick-up basketball vs. LeBron James? Regular people try to submit BJJ blackbelt Xande Ribiero? Regular people vs. a Siberian tiger? I just don't find fascination with regular folks being pitted against overwhelming adversity.
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