Do you remember the video that came out about 13 years ago on YouTube of the kid swinging a piece of metal like it was a light saber?
That, but with LED(polycarbonate not carbonite) light sabers is now a sport in France. Annnnd it is officially recognized by the folk at the Fencing Federation too! You may ask yourself WTF are they thinking?
Well, according to the Washington Post & the AP news Serge Aubailly ( the head master of all this nerdy glory at the Fencing Federation) says its hard to get kids to participate in 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.”
To tell you the truth reader, I am not a huge Star Wars fan but the idea of watching a fencing style combat with light sabers intrigues me in the same way that watching wrestling does. I can only imagine what the future may hold for a sport like this, it may include tawdry storylines and the duelers might have cool names and do promos and what not. I think though as of right now this sport is closer to acting out parts of the movie then moving on its own. And, unlike wrestling, this sport works on a scoring system.
According to The Post the new nerdy sport works like this
“The duels use a scoring system in which strikes to the head are worth five points; to the arms or legs, three points; or to the hands, one point. Winners are determined by the first to notch 15 points, or whoever is ahead after a three-minute round. Alternatively, if both competitors reach 10 points, the goes to sudden death, with the first to land a blow to the head or body becoming the winner.”
To top off the excitement here the geeky duelers are said to do their dueling in a dark environment too! What better way to show off those light sabers.
Athletes can act out “Star Wars” fantasies in a galaxy not so far away. The fencing federation in France has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport. Read the full story from @johnleicester: https://t.co/QBmO0XL8Ef pic.twitter.com/z015rHL5Bu
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 18, 2019
I’m unsure if other countries around the world will take this up. For right now its just in France. I have a feeling it’s going to be a while before its taken up anywhere else.