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19 Photos That Prove Fencing Is Metal As Hell

Soft-tipped swords, hard-ass attitude.

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Fencing requires agility on your feet and tons of leg strength, because you're constantly in a squatting position. Olympic fencers typically train between four and seven hours per day, five to six days a week.

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You wear these cool AF electronic masks that look like they're straight out of Star Wars.

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They register every instance of your opponent's weapon making contact with your suit.

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You've probably seen a fencing weapon before, but up close, they look straight out of the Middle Ages.

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Individual fencing bouts consist of three 3-minute rounds, or until one of the competitors scores 15 points by striking their opponent with one of these bad boys.

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