Having studied under a two-time Olympian at LA's Westside Fencing Center a few years back, I can perform a mean flying lunge. But those saber skills have become a bit rusty as I've advanced toward middle age, and I just might be lured toward the dark side to practice some new lightsaber techniques. Good thing help is on the way in the Bay Area! LudoSport has been running Lightsaber Academies in Europe since 2006, when they began in Italy, and they're finally opening their first American-based fencing school in San Francisco this weekend.
An article in the San Francisco Chronicle breaks it down for us:
There are seven forms of lights saber combat and ten rules. Much like karate belt colors, light saber athletes must wear the correct uniform for their level of light saber skill. Players are rated on experience, fighting skills, and technical quality (presumably by someone who fancies himself a present-day Obi-Wan Kenobi.) Points are earned by attending classes and meeting up with fellow light saber athletes in the LudoSport network for actual duels. The results must be deposited online after every battle.
Sure, there have been a few amateurish lightsaber classes down at the local YMCA or fitness center, but the instruction provided by LudoSport is of a more serious nature, with an emphasis on actual competitions wielding your lightsaber in a brutal ballet of simulated intergalactic Star Wars-style combat. Their martial-art-based lightsaber sport centers have spread to Ireland, Russia, Belgium, Sweden and the United Kingdom and teach a variety of battle-tested Jedi techniques with reproduction weapons. You knew they weren't real, right?
Check out their official presentation video below and tell us if you might be enticed into taking one of Ludosport International's dueling lightsaber courses!
(Via Nerd Approved)