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Lightsaber Combat Guide Book Now Available

Discussion in 'Other' started by cmartell, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. cmartell

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    Hi all,

    About five months ago I purchased my first LED saber after seeing that lightsaber combat was starting to become popular at martial art schools and fitness clubs. But I wasn't really happy with some of the instruction I'd seen, which was completely focused on specific choreography that wouldn't work in a live sparring situation.

    I decided to dig into my long-time passion for the martial arts to try to figure out which style of art would be best suited for lightsaber dueling. I decided to make the sword techniques described in Fiore dei Liberi's 14th century manuscript Flower of Battle as the base for my saber system, and started codifying the system in a book.

    I have now published the first books, Lightsaber Combat for Beginners Book: The Unofficial Guide to Dueling Like a Jedi . The book has over 170 illustrations showing ten guard stances, eight types of strikes and several floor drills (including a little grappling) that can be used to create choreography but can also be used in live sparring duels. As far as I know this is the first and only book anyone has created that is designed to instruct in how to duel with a lightsaber.


    In writing this book I was not trying to create a fan interpretation of one of the fictional lightsaber styles. I think it's a pretty impossible task to try to replicate techniques like blaster redirects and the crazy Jedi jumping techniques that defy physics. But I suppose if the technique bore any resemblance to a form it would be Type V. I chose Fiore's techniques because I think the combat looks very close to that used in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and a little like The Force Awakens, especially in regards to the techniques that Kylo Ren uses.

    Anyway, tell me what you guys think!

    PS: There is a free 11 page downloadable ebook also available, Intro to Lightsaber Combat, which is a few basic moves from the book.
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