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This new fencing-based sport uses lightsabers instead of swords


You can forget dodgeball this week, because there’s a new fencing-based sport that uses light-up sabers instead of swords, and it’s awesome.

If you’re familiar at all with fencing and have seen Star Wars then you might know a lot about the Lightspeed Saber League already, but its creator, Cang Snow, has taken the idea several steps further by developing a whole new sport with unique rules, technique, and aesthetic.

Using “combat-ready” light swords made from a hard polycarbonate, the sport’s swordplay is designed to be very circular with big arcing movements to show off the light trails. Coming from a fencing background, Snow says this design is to increase the value as a spectator sport over what you might find at more traditional class or league.

I spent about four or five years doing epee fencing. I always wanted there to be a more fun, exciting, more visual way to experience traditional fencing. So once Star Wars came back into popular culture, and the technology to build these combat-ready lightsabers came around, all that stuff just came flooding back to me.
Cang Snow -- Founder, Lightspeed Saber League

League competitions are structured much like fencing, but take place inside a light box, and there is no stabbing, which Snow says is a hallmark of a lot of fencing sports, which promotes the more flamboyant swordplay style in order to score against your opponent.

Lightspeed Saber League has three locations in Southern California at the moment, which hold classes and meet regularly for league play, and are planning locations in Las Vegas and Hawaii in the near future.

If you want to learn more about the Lightspeed Saber League, or just want to find out where to get a combat-ready lightsaber, check out their website here.

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