Woah! Light Saber Dueling is a sport ???? in France ????.

Nerds in France are nerding in their pants

Nathan Alan Schwartz

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.

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.

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