Lightsaber duelling. Now an official sport, it is. In France
Lucasfilm Mark your calendars, fans of the epic lightsaber duels of the Star Wars Universe, France is making it into a legit sport. It’s been announced by the French Fencing Federation, that lightsaber duelling will be recognized as being on the same level of respect as fencing. The hope, is that it will incite young citizens to take part in more fitness activities, instead of using their thumbs to play video games, and watch Netflix.Plus, it looks awesome!
Until now, this was what lightsaber duelling looked like. There were costumes and people going to town on each other, regardless of the rules. There were spins, flips, and savage jabs. It was amazing. But it was just a thing that fans did for fun, unofficially.France aims to keep the spirit of the noble Jedi/Sith art alive, but also add in some rules, a point system and rankings.
Twitter/AP Screenshot Now, right off the bat, I need to tell you that there’s a bit of a cheat, due to one little problem – real lightsabers don’t exist. Plus, they’d be heckin dangerous.So instead, the weapon used in the duels is your standard toy/replica lightsaber. They’re LED-lit, polycarbonate and make the usual sound effects. You can bring your own, or be supplied one at the match.
Twitter/AP Screenshot The rules are similar to fencing: points are granted based on where your blade makes contact against your opponent. Hitting the body or head is 5 points, arms or legs is 3, and hands are only a point. The first player to hit 15 points, wins.So, based on that, the damage done to Anakin on Mustafar must have been worth a hell of a lot of points. Funny, legs aren’t mentioned.
Twitter/AP Screenshot If, however players are being defensive and the match doesn’t end in 3 minutes, the person with the highest points wins.As well, there are safety precautions. All players must wear protective gear on their bodies – helmets, chest protectors, shoulder pads, shin guards and thick gloves.Finally, there are rules to how you move your saber. The tip must always start behind you, but you can twirl, twist and flip around if you wish. All the hits only count if the tip starts back there, to avoid the tip-first techniques of fencing, and allow for more flowing, and sweeping strikes like in the movies.
Twitter/AP Screenshot The matches are held in a darkened circle, to allow for your glowing sabers to stick out. Despite only recently becoming legitimized, there are already thousands of people who’ve registered to join various clubs and training gyms.Honestly, this looks amazing. I really wish we could have something like that here. It’d make all those years of fighting off my older brother with a toy lightsaber because they thought I was a geek, worth it.Take that, Greg.
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