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TELL US ABOUT YOUR CLUB AND
ITS MEMBERS.
We have 12 residents signed up to participate for
lightsaber 'fencing', including two female participants.
During a typical meeting, we practice drills, light
bouting exercises and full-length bouts involving
two participants, and two other members who assist
as referees for the two engaged in the action. Simply
put, the 'ref' calls the action to start with a 'fence'
or 'fight' command, and when either succeeds in
making a touch the calls 'halt' or 'break.' Unlike sport
fencing, there is no right of way for one participant to
obtain a 'first attack' opportunity. Rather, actions are
instigated by either participant, with the expectation
they may be thwarted in their attempt and subjected
to an immediate attack by the other. This is a unique
difference to many of the rules of sport fencing and
the four other styles of lightsaber fencing. It is also
what makes the Lightspeed Saber League style of 'lightbased'
fencing very fast and realistic in nature.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOST FUN OR
INTERESTING EVENT.
Who among us as children has not practiced fake
sword bouts, like the action we used to see in the
movies? Well, this sport is a modern-day, fast, safe,
realistic version, engendering the same emotion we got
as children. Safety equipment, basic rules and referees,
all make it possible for us to enjoy the action - from
children all the way up to Villagers. All lightsaber
events and activities are of equal fun. When you're in
the fencing square and the ref calls 'fight', your focus
and concentration is as great as it was when you were a
kid, and it's fun.
IF YOUR CLUB HAD A THEME SONG,
MOVIE TITLE, BOOK OR PHRASE,
WHAT WOULD IT BE?
We have no theme song, but the lightsaber not only
contains a long, ¾-inch diameter polycarbonate tubular
blade and its hilt (handle), also has a computer with a
sound card and speaker, which emits all the loud clashing,
whooshing and impact sounds - reminiscent of the " Star
Wars " movies. A light blade flashes up to 20 different bright
neon colors.
I guess we can say the action of the contestants, and
the noises and flashes made by the interaction of the
lightsabers make their own music, different with each
motion and contact they make against each other.
Left to right:
Dan Halstead and
Gary Thiedeman
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST
ACCOMPLISHMENT (AS A CLUB)?
Our greatest accomplishment, and at the heart of any
such activity, is to ensure all participants practice safely
and leave happy to have participated in such a unique
and innovative activity. The rules of affiliation with our
parent organization, Lightspeed Saber League, mandates
adherence to safety protocols and apply to required
equipment and safe fencing practices. In addition
to
safety, the league's emphasis is to be true to 'theoretical'
techniques and characteristics of how an actual lightsaber
would be used, were it to exist.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND PLANS
FOR THE FUTURE?
Presently, the Villages Lightsaber Club is the only L.S.
League affiliate base club for members of 50-plus in age
internationally, as well as the only club thus far in the state
of Florida.
Our plans are to grow the club, for both male and
female participants, sufficiently to be considered to host the
Villages Senior Games, thereby inviting any practitioner
contending in the Lightspeed Saber League's style of lightbased
fencing who is 50 or older to participate. We invite
interested residents to visit our website and watch videos at
LightspeedSaber.com, or contact us with questions.
VILLAGES LIGHT-SABER CLUB
Website: lightspeedsaber.com/the-villages-fl
Email: mackerle@hotmail.com
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