France Officially Recognizes Star Wars Lightsaber Dueling as a Sport

ScreenPickleFebruary 20, 2019

It’s finally here! France has finally took the first step in recognizing Star Wars Lightsaber dueling as an official sport in their country. From the very start of the Star Wars fanclub inception, Star Wars fans has been finding ways to incorporate Star Wars lifestyle into their reality and with the recent push from the French government, we should expect flocks of Star Wars basement Jedi’s flying to France.

Lightsaber Star Wars training has been around for some time and has always been a background hobby for die-hard Star Wars fan to do other than showing off their Jedi skills at comicon. But now, with the backup of the “French Fencing Federation”, lightsaber battle skills will be taken more seriously during Star Wars meetups.

From the reports of Associated Press, the French Fencing Federation (FFF) has officially recognize Lightsaber dueling as an competitive sport, hence making owners of those LED-lit rigid poly-carbonate Lightsabers, weapon owners!? The main reason for recognizing the lightsaber dueling is to fight the dungeon dwelling youths who have an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle. What better way to connect with them with their hobbies? The Fencing Clubs in France will now acquire Lightsaber, ranging from the normal lit ones to professionally crafted ones that give out sound of plasma when swung. Even professional instructors in this art will be churned out to welcome those who’d fancy a sweat with these lightsabers. Serge Aubailly (French Secretary General Of Fencing Federation) shared the following quotes:

“It’s becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural. Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth. Lightsaber films have the same impact. Young people want to give it a try”.

Here’s a short intro to the lightsaber sports:

The rules for lightsaber fencing is like any other sports, the number one rule is safety first. Next comes the point system where a judge stand by counting the hits you deal to your opponent. Five points are awarded for hitting the head and the body while Three points are awarded for arms and legs. Whomever manages to accumulate 15 points and above wins the round.

Like with any other sport, there are rules to lightsaber dueling. Safety first: combatants have to wear a protective mask and armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder, and shin pads), and the lightsaber must be approved by the Federation. The duel takes place in a circle, where strikes to the head or body are worth five points, arms and legs are worth three points, and hands just one point. First to get to 15 points, or the highest score after three minutes, wins.

If after three minutes both fighters have 10 points or the same, they’ll go into “sudden death” mode, where whoever lands the first trike to the head or body wins. Another thing, the tip of the lightsaber has to cross behind the opponents body in order for it to be counted as a strike. This is to prevent “viper-like”, quick timid strikes to gain points to win, something you’ll in quick forward strikes in fencing and also to make the Star Wars Lightsaber fight not look like a chicken show where everybody’s in for the points.

Even a 20 year veteran in the police force, Phillipe Bondi joined the movement 2 years ago. Coming from a fencing background, he seems to be optimistic in coaching the younglings of the Jedi world, or Sith if you prefer. Can’t wait to get yourself a red lightsaber and tell your parents it’s a sport now? Leave a comment below!

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