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    Terra Prime Lightfencing

    Lights, Sabers, Action: USA Fencing to Welcome Lightfencing as Summer Nationals Demonstration Event
    06/28/2023, 10:45AM CDT BY BRYAN WENDELL
    From July 5 to July 7, fencers and fans at the Phoenix Convention Center will be treated to an electrifying series of high-tech, high-energy lightfencing matches.



    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Fans of all things Star Wars won’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to experience lightfencing. In fact, those attending the 2023 Summer Nationals in Phoenix won’t even have to leave the exhibition hall.

    For the first time ever, USA Fencing is thrilled to welcome Terra Prime Lightfencing as a demonstration event at Summer Nationals. From July 5 to July 7, attendees at the Phoenix Convention Center will be treated to an electrifying mix of high-tech, high-energy lightfencing matches.

    With a schedule filled with matches, discovery sessions, and Q&A time, there's plenty of opportunity to learn about this exciting sport, watch exhibition bouts and even try your hand at wielding an LED saber! Athletes from Terra Prime will be stationed right at the heart of the action, near Pod G, to ensure no one misses out.

    Phil Andrews, CEO of USA Fencing, was among those who had the bright idea to welcome Terra Prime to Summer Nationals and take this opportunity into hyperdrive.

    "We are absolutely thrilled to bring Lightfencing to Summer Nationals,” he says. “It's a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and showcase the sport of fencing in a new and exciting light! I think our fencers will find themselves entertained and pulled in by the fascinating force of this emerging sport."

    So, here's what's on the agenda:

    Terra Prime Lightfencing
    Phoenix Convention Center, main competition hall near Pod G

    July 5
    11 a.m.: Introduction and demonstration

    11:30 a.m.: Lightfencing matches

    12:30 p.m.: Q and A (lunch time)

    1:30 p.m.: Discovery session for public

    2 p.m.: Lightfencing matches

    2:30 pm: Q and A

    3 p.m.: End of the day's events

    July 6
    11 a.m.: Lightfencing matches

    11:30 a.m.: Discovery session 1

    12:30 p.m.: Q and A (lunch time)

    1:30 p.m.: Discovery session 2

    2 p.m.: Lightfencing matches

    2:30 p.m.: Q and A

    July 7
    11 a.m.: Lightfencing matches

    11:30 a.m.: Discovery session 1

    12:30 p.m.: Q and A (lunch time)

    1:30 p.m.: Discovery session 2

    2 p.m.: Lightfencing matches

    2:30 p.m.: Q and A
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    Lightsaber at USA Fencing Summer Nationals

    USA Fencing brought a new blade to Phoenix: The 'Star Wars' lightsaber
    By Jill Ryan
    Published: Monday, July 17, 2023 - 4:05am
    Updated: Monday, July 17, 2023 - 8:30am



    More than 5,000 fencers recently came to Phoenix to compete in this year’s USA Fencing Summer Nationals.

    Amidst the competition was one event using very familiar weaponry.

    Fencing is an ancient sport with its origins in multiple countries, including France. For centuries, the sport had three disciplines with three respective weapons: sabre, foil and épée.

    “Sabre comes from war. And it’s the slashing weapon. So, the idea was you would slash somebody effectively across their torso or across their head, and you would kill the human, but not the horse, because the horse is an asset that can be brought to your side of the war in Europe,” said Phil Andrews, the CEO of USA Fencing.

    In the sport, a person uses the entire sword to slash their padded opponent for the point. The two other disciplines are foil and épée. Both only use the tip of the blade to “pierce” the opponent, again while padded. But their targeted areas are different.

    A fourth discipline


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    More than 5,000 fencers came to the USA Fencing Summer Nationals 2023 in Phoenix, including light fencers.

    But new to this year’s competition was what France has already recognized as its fourth fencing weapon: the lightsaber. Yes, like the one from “Star Wars.”

    Well, not exactly. The LED lights in the lightsabers are contained in hard plastic tubing.

    “It’s based on the LED saber, which is basically a replica like the lightsabers you see in ‘Star Wars’ and all that. We have a simplified hilt, so it’s essentially just a flashlight, very durable, we can bash them against each other without breaking them,” said Chad Eisner with Terra Prime Light Armory, or TPLA.

    While it’s not as formally established in the U.S., this sport goes by many names, one of which is light fencing. Unlike traditional fencing’s combat zone, which is a long but narrow rectangular area, light fencing is a more 360 degree sport typically played in a circular arena.

    “The French Fencing Federation has it as a full part of their nationals so we brought them here to trial it, demo it — I did it yesterday — for our participants here,” Andrews said.

    Light fencing and its specific rules have been curated and tested by TPLA.

    “In 2018, we were able to get the French Fencing Federation to accept this sport as the fourth fencing weapon. And they just had their first national tournament back in February,” Eisner said.

    The Federation officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a sport in 2019.

    System of priority in play


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    The rule-set of light fencing takes a page out of each fencing discipline.

    For light fencing, imagine what a regular fencer looks like in their padded white armor and meshed mask. Now, bulk up the pads, make it all black and add a lightsaber with a color of your choice — and that is what these athletes look like. And its rule set takes a page out of each fencing discipline.

    “So, we can hit the entire body. We’re pretty much doing cuts, we don’t thrust with these blades because they injure you. And we work in a system of priority or right of way, so when one person starts an attack the other person must defend,” Eisner said.

    Eisner said TPLA’s goal is threefold: to introduce sport to people who would not likely otherwise become athletes, be a gateway to fencing and to create a governing body that works in conjunction with USA Fencing.

    Gender and body neutrality


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    Light fencing does not currently have different age and weight classes.

    Like most combat sports, traditional fencing has divisions — usually by gender, age or skill level. One thing Light Fencing is introducing from of the get-go is gender and body neutrality.

    Anna Faulkner is a TPLA-certified light fencer.

    “Participation is varied from age, gender identity, body type, background. It is welcomed to anyone with or without a background in fencing or any other form of fighting,” Faulkner said.

    Eisner said as they continue to build, they may create different age and weight classes, but the sport will remain coed while simultaneously being fair. He said that’s possible because the sport is played in turns where one player has to signal to the other that they have priority.

    “And with that turn-based kind of system, somebody who is larger, stronger, and faster only does not automatically have an advantage,” Eisner said

    COVID-19 has delayed many efforts to officially establish light fencing in the U.S. But an invitation from USA Fencing to demonstrate the sport here in Phoenix brought them another step closer.

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    The Global Rise of Lightsaber as a Martial Art

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    Symposium 2023: Teachers and Students

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    Shon-Ju

    Star Wars' Jedi Force Martial Arts Style Just Became Official Canon
    Star Wars has added the Jedi's Force Martial Arts fighting style to the official franchise canon.
    By KOFI OUTLAW - December 14, 2023 12:00 pm EST

    Star Wars has made the Jedi's Force-based martial arts style part of the official series canon. That would be the fighting style known as "Shon-Ju," and it has deep roots in the Star Wars Legends side of the franchise.

    Who Is Star Wars' Shon-Ju?


    (Photo: Lucasfilm)
    The Shon-Ju fighting style is named after the infamous Jedi padawan from Star Wars Legends who fell out of the order and started his own cult during the Clone Wars.

    Shon-Ju was able to channel the Force into his hands and wield it aggressively, preferring that method of combat to traditional lightsaber techniques. He taught his followers to also use Force-hands combat, making them a formidable threat to the Jedi. This was all detailed in the 2010s Star Wars: The Clone Wars comic series story "The Deadly Hands of Shon-Ju," which has since been shifted over to the non-canon "Legends" section of the franchise.

    Shon-Ju Is Now Star Wars Canon

    The current Star Wars: The High Republic – Shadows of Starlight comic miniseries is filling in gaps of the year between Phase I and Phase III of The High Republic saga. Shadows of Starlight #3 centers on Jedi Padawan Bell Zettifar, and his unrelenting quest to punish the Nihil responsible for destroying the Republic's Starlight Beacon, as well as save his friend and fellow Padawan, the Wookie Burryaga.

    Bell accomplishes the latter part, and is re-united with with his Wookie buddy; however, when the pair get promoted to Jedi Knights, they take on a mission with Jedi Grandmaster Veter to provide aid to a settlement on the planet Asternin that was attacked by the Nihil. That mission turns out to be an ambush; The Nihil used the attack to bait the Jedi out of the closed ranks of their temple, and strike at prime targets – like a Grandmaster.

    When the Bell, Burryaga, and Veter find themselves facing a Nihil squadron, the Jedi Grandmaster orders the two Knights to evacuate the citizens, and prepares to make a stand against the enemy on his own. The Nihil think they have the upper hand when they activate a Lightsaber Nullifier that keeps the Jedi from using their fabled swords – but Grandmaster Veter doesn't need a sword when he reveals that he's "trained, you see, in an ancient art of unarmed Force combat... Shon-Ju!"


    (Photo: Lucasfilm)
    Sure enough, this canonized version of Shon-Ju is a method of Force-based martial arts that allows Veter to dispatch the entire ground force of Nihil raiders without having to lay a single hand on any of them. Veter ultimately loses the battle when the Nihil use their ship's weaponry to incapacitate him – but the display still proves that Shon-Ju is a powerful alternative to the kind of lightsaber and/or Force battle techniques we've seen before.

    Star Wars: The High Republic – Shadows of Starlight is now on sale from Marvel Comics.
    I can't keep up with the comics canon.
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