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I used to learn Olympic Fencing. In this sport the Piste was very narrow compared with it's length. (2 metres by 10 metres). Because the swords are over half a metre long this eliminates any possibility of circling or using footwork in any non-linear manner.

Why is this? is it because the sport often uses wires to connect the swords to the scoring machine? OR did the piste shape predate this?

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    Haven't found an answer yet, but there are references to the books being open-air on gravel paths before WW2, and this 1930 gym footage shows copious sidestepping. – Macaco Branco Aug 10 at 14:37
  • This might be a better fit on Sports.SE. – JohnP Aug 10 at 15:05
  • @JohnP If kendo and Boxing questions are fair game I don't see why not fencing. – Huw Evans Aug 10 at 15:14
  • @HuwEvans - You misunderstand me. It fits here, sure, I was just musing that there might be a larger proportion of fencers on sports.se. However, looking at the tags, they have 5 questions we have 10. So might be more likely to be answered here, but if it gets no love, a migration might help get an answer. More musing than anything. :) – JohnP Aug 10 at 15:20
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