France: the duel with lightsabers is recognized as a sport
Since the release of the first Star Wars movie in 1977, fans have always mimicked the fighting with a lightsaber, but so far, these duels were held in convention and contests, cosplay and for fun. Now, thanks to the French Federation of fencing, the battles with the laser sword and will be taken a bit more seriously.
According to the Associated Press, the fencing Federation has recognized the duel with the laser sword as a competitive sport, then all those who have one of those lightsabers, polycarbonate with LED lighting can now be said to possess a weapon in its own right.
One of the reasons at the basis of this recognition on the part of the Federation is the physicality that derives from this type of combat, which will help to combat sedentary habits, and health problems that arise from it. And so, the club of fencing in France will now have lightsabers, and the instructors in this art. Serge Aubailly, secretary-general of the French Federation of fencing, has motivated the decision by saying that today it is becoming difficult to convince people to do a sport; so they tried to create a link between the fencing and the modern technologies, and also because the film hood and the sword have always had a great impact on the federation and on its growth.
As in any other sport, there are rules for a duel with the lightsaber. Safety first: the fighters must wear a mask and protective armor for the chest, shoulder and shin pads, in addition to the gloves, and laser sword must be approved by the Federation. The duel takes place in a circle, where the stabs to the head or body are worth five points, the arms and legs are worth three points and the hands only a point. Who is the first to get 15 points, or the highest score after three minutes wins. And, of course, you can choose the color of your lightsaber.
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