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, 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.
Crossing over is okay! :) (you cannot leave the piste, however)
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.
WHY DO YOU USE A 3/4” BLADE? ISN’T IT TOO FRAGILE FOR COMBAT?
It is certainly more fragile than a heavy grade blade, but it’s actually more durable than a 1” medium grade, since it absorbs energy via its flexibility. This flexibility makes it safer for combat., and its light weight brings it closer to the actual weight of a plasma sword.