WHAT IS LIGHTSPEED SABER ACADEMY?
Lightspeed Saber Academy is the official home of Lightspeed Saber League, the world’s fastest light-based fencing. Born from multiple local clubs combined into one, LSA is LA and Orange County’s best source of light-based fencing instruction. We believe in exploration, learning, camaraderie, constructive competition, and self-improvement.
WHAT IS LIGHTSPEED SABER LEAGUE?
Lightspeed Saber League is the parent company of Lightspeed Saber Academy, and the pioneer of Lightspeed-saber fencing®. With its partners and affiliates, LSL seeks to educate the world about the potential in studying the laser-sword/lightsaber/plasmatana— whatever you want to call it— as a martial sport. Like many sports, it teaches speed, stamina, agility, strategy, and perseverance, and it can benefit anyone to practice it.
Further, LSL seeks to bring attention back to weapon-based combat sports, since it has freedom to design and brand in ways that traditional weapon-sports cannot.
WHAT IS LIGHTSPEED-SABER FENCING®?
Lightspeed-saber fencing is the art of sport-combat using an unguarded laser-sword. This is a weapon with the range and lethality of a sword, but the weight and technical flexibility of a stick— a combination of tactical elements unheard of in the history of melee combat. As a result, its techniques borrow from traditional fencing, kendo, HEMA, and Filipino stick-fighting, and include wholly new techniques developed solely for the artform.
IS THIS JUST TRADITIONAL FENCING BUT WITH A “LIGHTSABER”?
Not at all. While the combat bares the most similarity to traditional fencing based solely on the weight of the weapon, the rules are designed to generate a completely different kind of play, with different strategies, techniques, and character.
WHAT ARE THE SABERS MADE OF?
The sabers are built from a wide variety of manufacturers, but they essentially all feature a colored LED, housed in an aluminum shell, with a polycarbonate tube attached, making up the “blade”. Polycarbonate is essentially bullet-proof glass.
DOES IT HURT?
It can definitely hurt, especially at the competitive level. We do consider it a full-conctact sport. That’s why safety equipment which protects the head, neck, and hands is mandatory.
HOW IS LIGHTSPEED SABER LEAGUE/ACADEMY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER “LIGHT-BASED FENCING” ORGANIZATIONS?
Our key different is the use of the 3/4” diameter tube, sometimes called a “Lightspeed blade”. This allows us to fight hard while keeping armor standards low. And while we take from traditional weapon-arts when possible, we do not eschew exploring new techniques and strategies we can call our own. That’s why we have our own brand of combat and an instructional system designed to share it with anyone ready to learn.
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