Lightsaber Dueling is Now Recognized as an Official Sport in France

/Film | 2/20/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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France is light years ahead of the rest of the world. The country has now recognized lightsaber dueling as an official sport, in an attempt to bring fencing to a younger generation raised on Star Wars. But France may get more applicants to lightsaber duels than they bargained for — young and old generations alike are probably eager to wield those special illuminated blades.

Soon you can re-enact that Rey and Kylo lightsaber duel from Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a setting outside of your living room. The French Fencing Federation has recognized lightsaber dueling as an official sport, according to the Associated Press. The “byoom” sounds we all subconsciously make with our mouths when wielding a lightsaber are still up for debate, though.

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The French Fencing Federation has recognized lightsaber dueling, which uses “blades” made of polycarbonate rather than the magnetically-contained plasma of the films, in an effort to appeal to younger generations. The duels will follow the basic rules of fencing, with points awarded depending on where the blade makes contact (the...
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