Saberfighting is a Star Wars-based branch of fencing. It originated in Moscow in 2000, after the release of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" movie. After a while Saberfighting became famous and has spread across Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Some saberfighting groups already have a long 10-year history of existance. There is also a large amount of young groups and single followers. For example, there are 3 known operating groups with regular training schedule in Moscow. Each group has a slightly different approach to saberfighting, which distinguishes the groups and makes each one stand out. The groups always differ in purposes and uses of saberfighting, as well as in the problems they encounter, which makes them evolve in different directions. It is currently possible to distinguish two major forms of saberfighting. The first one unites all Sith and Jedi for whom saberfighting appears as a martial art. It's common to practice the Force in such groups (Yavin IV, for example). During the training process the trainees are divided into sparring pairs. The members of such groups do not attempt to create a style of fencing similar to one in the movie.
The second form of saberfighting is called artistic, and it has spread much wider across the world of fencing than the first one. The main idea of the artistic form of saberfighting is to create a beautiful and long-lasting fight scene in style of Star Wars movies in order to show it to the audience in form of stage or video performance. There are also two sub-directions in the artistic form. The first one implies a predetermined, staged fight which was prepared and rehearsed before the performance, while the second one involves pair improvisation - so called "freefight", when two or more trained partners show an improvized duel. There is no fight preparation whatsoever, and both fighters do their best at improvizing to impress the audience. As for today, Artistic Fencing was officially registered as a sport, and Saberfighters from groups based on artistic form of saberfighting are constantly holding various performances with large success.
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The age of saberfighting followers may vary from 9 to 66, yet there are no real restrictions. Some groups don't accept children younger than 7 years, some do. The general age of saberfighters is usually from 16 to 30 years old.
Translated by A. Kenig, Doom3r