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The Sporting Lightsaber

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The instrument we use is Polaris SSe-1, a complex device conceived for sport use. It is neither a toy, nor a collectible.

Years of sport sparring gave us a unique expertise in the evaluation of best standards in weight, dimensions, balance and endurance of parts and materials.
Thanks to this knowledge, the lightsabers used in LudoSport Academies are designed and tested to stand the stress of the practice.
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The “long saber” (commonly: “light saber”) must have a hilt of a minimum length of 26 centimetres (10 inches) and a maximum length of 32 centimetres (12.5 inches).

The blade, a tube of polycarbonate of a diameter of 25 millimetres (1 inch) with a gauge of 2 millimetres (.08 inch), must come out of the hilt exactly 87 centimetres (34 inches). The weight of the hilt must be between 500 and 700 grams (1 and 1.5 lbs.).

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In any case, the cap must be hemispherical and not ogival (pointed).

Once the switch has been turned on and the blade is illuminated, the saber is considered to be “armed”. Otherwise it is considered “unarmed”.

No sabers without light or sound are permitted.

The hilts cannot have cutting, barbed or dangerous parts in the event they come into contact with the adversary’s body.

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Sporting lightsabers – compared with the others – have an inverted position of the speaker, with the soundboard in the middle of the hilt. This way, the pommel can embody metal weights to balance the saber. The microUSB port simplifies recharging. The shape of sporting lightsabers is designed to guarantee the best technical grip in each style, both single and double-handed.

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Pupils start with a blue bladed lightsaber. Later on, they will choose their path and, consequently, the colour of their blade.

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Blades are the real point of difference in sporting Light Saber Combat. Made in flexible polycarbonate, the official standard has the best lightness/endurance ratio, and its transparency guarantees an optimized light diffraction. Caps are in poly (PMMA), with an hemispheric shape to be more safe.

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