Author Topic: [Book] Stunt Lightsaber Combat For Beginners: The Unofficial Guide to Dueling  (Read 522 times)

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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 book, Stunt Lightsaber Combat For Beginners: 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. I think it also looks a little like the fights in The Force Awakens, especially in regards to the techniques that Kylo Ren uses. 

Here are some examples of the book's illustrations.

Anyway, tell me what you guys think!