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Ms. Mangle can not wait to duel with others using lightsabers.

Ms. Mangle can not wait to duel with others using lightsabers.

Ms. Mangle can not wait to duel with others using lightsabers.

Ms. Mangle can not wait to duel with others using lightsabers.

Nevaeh Arnold, Staff Reporter

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Ever since the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, people have dreamed of being the ultimate Jedi. Not only were the costumes out there, but lightsabers were, too. Lightsabers came in a range of colors and made insanely cool noises. For many, this dream has become a reality. Recently, France decided to make lightsaber dueling a competitive sport. According to John Leicester the weapon now has the “same status as the foil, epee, and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics.” The status of the lightsaber stems from the fact that the sport was mainly recognized in an attempt to bring more attention to fencing. France hopes that young citizen will be drawn in by the prospect of the sport and are wanting to use it as a way to encourage them to be more active and participate in sports.

In preparation for this new sport, France has started training lightsaber instructors on the new rules and techniques needed for lightsabering. While many things will be very similar to fencing, some things are being changed up. For instance, most matches will happen in a darkened hallway and be watched based on hits and moves done by the opponents. The duelers have to take the tip of their lightsaber all the way back before striking again. Also, by moving their lightsaber behind them, they become momentarily immune to being attacked. Cosplay is also a difference between the sports. Bringing this sport to life has opened up the opportunity for many to dress as their favorite characters or to make up their own and duel. Since the announcement, a lot of attention has been brought to it. Many are excited and can not wait to see the impact it has on fencing as a whole or as a standalone sport. Junior Dalton Prices said, “Honestly I could see it becoming popular because it sounds super fun and it could become popular because of the success of Star Wars as well.” Star Wars fans everywhere are rejoicing over this announcement.

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Nevaeh Arnold, Staff Reporter

Nevaeh Arnold is a junior with a massive love for English and science. She has ambitions to go to medical school with the hopes of later becoming a neurosurgeon...

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