The Way of The Saber
This post is a guest post written for Ultrasaber's Holocron page here.
First up, we'd like to thank Ultrasabers for giving us this opportunity to write a short article at the Holocron. We've had fantastic support from Ultrasabers and Emory personally from Day 1 when we began business in November 2014.
So here goes.
The Saber Authority's Mission: To promote the fun and exhilarating art of swordsmanship through our Combat Saber System via classes, events and tournaments with the use of custom lightsabers.
THE Lightsaber. Growing up watching Star Wars and seeing that "light sword", was totally mesmerizing and mind blowing. I thought in my heart of hearts, maybe some day I can fight with lightsabers too! Being trained in several martial arts and for now specifically I'm an instructor of a Filipino edged weapons combat system called PTK as taught by Tim Waid, I thought that the custom saber can bring another dimension to sword training altogether. The attack lines become hyper real now because of the trail of awesome lights, plus the special effects created by the soundboard of the custom saber adds another dimension of realism in saber combat. Finally I'm reliving my childhood dreams!
The Way of The Saber seeks to introduce you to the varied training methodology of the many sword systems we have on this planet and also a means to flesh out our childhood dreams of fighting with a lightsaber.
Anybody and anyone can be part of this community. There are many fantastic sword arts available globally for you to implement into your saber combat.
Here we can name a few: - Kendo (many schools and variants!) Kendo is a modern Japanese Martial Art that derives techniques from kenjutsu. Kendo also has a sporting element.
- Koryū schools (lit. "traditional schools", or "old schools"). Koryū are schools of martial arts that originated in Japan, and were founded prior 1876, when the act prohibiting the wearing of swords (Haitōrei) came into effect after the Meiji Restoration. Koryū techniques will have larger longer draws and chambers of the sword positions as they are meant fully for warfare use to lob off limbs and heads.
- Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) HEMA refers to martial arts of European origin, particularly using arts formerly practised, or evolved into very different forms. Many of the forms and techniques are drawn from German, Italian and Spanish sword fighting and fencing.
- Contemporary/Olympic Fencing Contemporary Fencing techniques are mostly linear in nature and work off quick parries and thrust with swift footwork forwards and retreats.
- Chinese Swordsmanship. This has a HUGE umbrella under different Wushu styles and systems. The Chinese Butterfly Sword and Broad Sword techniques have wonderful flourishes, slashes and thrust.
- Finally, Filipino Martial Arts. The Saber Authority and our training arm, The Force Academy, have decided to use a Filipino system because it's closer to our hearts. We're in Singapore and part of South East Asia. And the Filipino systems have strong foundations on several concepts of South East Asian martial arts. Specifically within the system we're based on, these are the core strengths: precise triangle footwork, dynamism in footwork tactics and also excellent striking mechanics.
The Filipino systems are varied in names and types. Depending on which province or region the art is from, they are called differently and have different emphasis. They are called Arnis, Escrima, Kali and even Silat.
So, The Way of The Saber is actually YOUR WAY. Whatever style speaks to you and appeals to you, go for it! Look for some training, join a school and apply the techniques to your saber combat.
The Saber Authority does not teach the "official" seven styles of the Star Wars universe. We preferred to go the open source route. We understood that the movie fight sequences were all based on some sword systems from Planet Earth. On our website it's been made very clear about the system we're based on and thankfully our academy members have enjoyed the intensity, athleticism and the potential carry over to real sword combat.
Most importantly it's about bringing people together to enjoy that one childhood dream and desire to wield a lightsaber for real! Well as real as it gets for now.
Thank you once again and Saber On!