Even when I fenced in high school and college, I was noticeably slower than my opponents. Thirty years later, that gap in speed has only increased, and I don’t think all the training in the world would make an appreciable difference.
So I want to follow the advice of my coach, who maintains that slow can be just as deadly as fast. It’s about drawing a reaction, waiting for the opponent to commit, and responding in a controlled manner. It is a game of planning, patience, and skill, not speed.
Figure I’ve got nothing to lose by following her advice. I’m certainly not going anywhere by attemping to be quicker and stronger; let’s try slower and stealthier instead, and see what happens.