If you’re the sort of person who likes to write “Jedi” as their religion on census forms, this is probably right up your alley. LudoSport, who’ve had Lightsaber Academies in Europe for a decade, are opening their first US-based academy in San Francisco on October 15th (which is tomorrow, if you don’t have a calendar handy. Or maybe it was 10 years ago depending on when you read this).
This isn’t just hitting people with fancy light sticks. LudoSport takes the training seriously, with specific guidelines on form and performance.
From SF Chron:
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.
There have been other lightsaber classes in the US, but LudoSport takes things several steps further with a focus on competition. Check out the intro video below to see what it’s all about:
Interested parties can book classes on the LudoSport website.