GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS LIGHTSPEED SABER LEAGUE?

Lightspeed Saber League is a small but growing network of clubs and schools, all pioneering the sport and art of Lightspeed-saber fencing®. LSL seeks to promote this new take on fencing and lightsabers, all while teaching people its ways, running competitions, and exploring new techniques and strategies, making it highly unique in the pantheon of weapons combat.

what is lightspeed-saber fencing®?

Lightspeed-saber fencing is a new form of fencing which does not use a foil, epee or saber, but instead a "Lightspeed-saber": an LED-illuminated sword equipped with a featherweight 3/4" polycarbonate blade. Lightspeed-saber fencing does not shy from the challenges presented by an ultralight, ultra deadly “sword” with no edge and no handguards. It treats the LED-saber as a real lightsaber or plasma sword, and as such, its techniques and tactics are informed by this nature.

Many traditional sword concepts and techniques do not apply to Lightspeed-saber fencing. Rather than see this as a hindrance, it is embraced as a chance to reevaluate— but appreciate— old ideas, and create new ones.

HOW IS LIGHTSPEED-SABER DIFFERENT FROM OLYMPIC SABER?

In many, many different ways!

  • Lightspeed-saber hilt lengths vary from six inches to almost thirteen inches long. In any given match, a fencer may use one hand, two hands, or even switch back and forth between left and right hands.

  • In Lightspeed-saber, point-attacks and point-in-line are illegal. In addition, there is no right-of-way. And, the entire body is a valid target. That includes the hilt itself.

  • You have freedom of movement: left and right, forward and back, and you may run, jump, slide, or spin as you wish.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER INFLUENCES IN LIGHTSPEED-SABER?

Definitely! Filipino stick-fighting is a fairly smooth transition into Lightspeed-saber, and HEMA practitioners-- and to a certain extent, kendo practitioners-- will find some familiar concepts. There also elements and techniques found ONLY in the art of the Lightspeed-saber.

 
 

How is Lightspeed different from other light-based fencing organizations like TSL, Ludosport, and Saber Authority?

Lightspeed shares traits with all three of the aforementioned LBFOs: TSL’s emphasis on high intensity combat and safety gear to match, Authority’s emphasis on realism, and Ludosport’s emphasis on mobility and style.

However, our key distinctions are our 3/4” Lightspeed blade, and our full target rules. Nothing is safe in Lightspeed-saber, which makes it extremely challenging and technically demanding.

We maintain that our system is the safest, fastest, most realistic system in the world. See below for more detailed comparisons.

BLADE WEIGHT— Light
ARMOR — Light
PROSCRIPTION— Medium
TARGETING— Full

TSL combat is hard and brutal, with fully armored warriors clashing with heavy blades and heavy strikes. The first to hit is the victor, whether by stab or by slash, with a mostly unrestricted target area.  BLADE WEIGHT— Heavy ARMOR — Heavy PROSCRIPTION— Low TARGETING— Robust

TSL combat is hard and brutal, with fully armored warriors clashing with heavy blades and heavy strikes. The first to hit is the victor, whether by stab or by slash, with a mostly unrestricted target area.

BLADE WEIGHT— Heavy
ARMOR — Heavy
PROSCRIPTION— Low
TARGETING— Robust

Ludosport has the distinction of its fencers wearing little to no armor. Its elite participants emphasize the beauty of battle, and are perhaps the most agile among all organizations, though it does require a commitment to training that ensures combat that is safe and of the appropriate style.  BLADE WEIGHT— Medium ARMOR — None PROSCRIPTION— High TARGETING— Moderate

Ludosport has the distinction of its fencers wearing little to no armor. Its elite participants emphasize the beauty of battle, and are perhaps the most agile among all organizations, though it does require a commitment to training that ensures combat that is safe and of the appropriate style.

BLADE WEIGHT— Medium
ARMOR — None
PROSCRIPTION— High
TARGETING— Moderate

Saber Authority treats lightsaber combat like a realistic self-defense art. In this art, the most critical action is to disable the opponent’s weapon, and therefore the hand and head are the only targets. As a result, Saber Authority is realistic but highly focused.  BLADE WEIGHT— Medium ARMOR — Low PROSCRIPTION— Low TARGETING— Narrow

Saber Authority treats lightsaber combat like a realistic self-defense art. In this art, the most critical action is to disable the opponent’s weapon, and therefore the hand and head are the only targets. As a result, Saber Authority is realistic but highly focused.

BLADE WEIGHT— Medium
ARMOR — Low
PROSCRIPTION— Low
TARGETING— Narrow