Lightsaber Dueling Is Now Recognized Sport

iheart.com - 02-19

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Star Wars fans can get ready for their very own sport. Seems that the French fencing federation has borrowed a page from the movie franchise and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport. They have also granted the iconic weapon the same status as the foil, epee, and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics. Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can’t slice through anybody but they look and sound remarkably like the ones seen in the movie. The reason why they have thrown their support behind this new style of fencing is because of how physically demanding this style is. There hope is to get the younger generation off of the couch and to be more physically fit and maybe offering the opportunity to have a lightsaber fight could do the trick.