SaberCraft perform at DRI Walk for the Cure at Marlins Park

SaberCraft perform at DRI Walk for the Cure at Marlins Park

Performing our first live event involving live sound cues. Nothing pre-recorded!

“Photos by Jonah Hex”

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United, we grow

United, we grow

Are you a member of the 501st Legion or any other LED/lightsaber based activity team? We welcome you to join us and utilize our system for your team activities and outings.

If you are an official active member of the following organizations, we offer you a 20% discount to our classes and programs. Please note that you must be an active member and not just a member of the forum.

Active Groups:

If you are a member, you qualify for a discount to our Fundamentals classes and our Knight program. To gain access, please provide us your information below and we will reach out to you with your promo-code. If you have your credentials immediately available, just show them to us when you arrive to class.

 
 
 
 

Conditions:

Active members are defined as members who are officially accepted and active in the organization. Forum membership does not mean that you are an active member. Member credentials and proof of membership will be required.

Active organizations are defined as groups that meet actively and have met in the past 90 days and have a frequency of a minimum of every 30 days.

 

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Are we a Star Wars Club?

Are we a Star Wars Club?

In short – No, we are not a Star Wars club.

This is a question we get a lot and there’s a lot of reasons why we should cover what makes us vastly different than from what people expect.

There are many Star Wars based clubs and lightsaber academies out there. First we want to mention, most, if not all of these, are incredible organizations. In fact, we ourselves are applying to the Saber Guild to open a non-profit chapter here in South Florida. Many of our members are saving money to purchase armor needed for Saber Legion meetups here as well. Some have purchased memberships to lessons from the Saber Authority. We acknowledge these diverse groups and what they have brought to the lightsaber community.

But that aside and just focusing on our differences; rather than explain what each organization does we’ll just list observations seen from the chapters that we have visited.

Differences:

– We incorporate the 8 Limbs of Yoga (all of them – not just the postures) into the training. We’re not just talking about stretching or doing Downward Dog. Essentially we’re talking about the Restraints, the Observations and everything that leads to Yoga/Union. Lead instruction is provided by a Yoga Alliance certififed RYT 200 Yoga Instructor.

– We use a combat choreography system focused on making the fight like a dance of saber play. With this said, we utilize the NCSCS system that is used in other clubs like the Golden Gate Knights in San Francisco, as a primer. Then we expand on it by utilizing patterns and forms of various martial arts. Most Star Wars Clubs have their own various combat choreography systems charter by charter. Some have their own target system that’s focused on hitting your opponent. Our combat choreography system is built to choreograph fights. Our form is not meant to hit someone but rather make it look like you’re trying to hit them.

– We are about costuming but beyond that we clash LED sabers. If you happen to love cosplay or larping and would like to gain a skill that you can incorporate with your cosplay then we have what you are looking for.

– We incorporate guided Meditation into our practice.

– We have a form of sparring in the upper ranks but they are non-armoured and are specifically focused on forms.

– Documentation. All our lessons and various screen fights are notated so once you understand the notation, you can learn the choreographies.

– We use a standard dance 8-count in many of our choreographies

– Our classes have lessons plans and there is a curriculum. In other words, you’re NOT coming to a class and learning something random…..ever. Every class ties into every class, there is a curriculum built out and we approach topics seasonally.

– We run various levels of class simultaneously (broken-out) rather than everyone learning the same lesson.

– We meet regularly at set times (Saturdays at 11am). Rain or shine as we meet indoors.

– We charge for classes because…

– Our operation is conducted indoors in air conditioning and requires a stellar sound system as many choreographies have soundtracks. We do NOT meet in parks unless it’s an informal gathering.

– We end every class with an “immersive experience” that must be conducted in a controlled environment.

– We have insurance

– We have a belt ranking system that you go up in

– We discourage coming to class in any form of a costume.

Are there Star Wars fans in our team – absolutely! Do we dress up and go to local events in cosplay and show our skills off? Absolutely. We do not do any paid performances. All events are free and all participants are volunteers. Many of our students build friendships here that go beyond the classroom. Many folks are part of the local Florida Renaissance Festival as well and we dress up for events like that. The idea is that our system is a means of choreographing any type of saber fight – genre-free.

Can you learn how to fight with a saber similar to what they do in the movies? Of course you can! BUT the system is NOT built on Star Wars terms that you’ll find in other clubs like “Dulon” or “Makashi” or other words that are tied to the SW universe. Everything’s in English.

It’s about being YOU. It’s about a Saturday afternoon, hanging out with friends, taking time to meditate with each other, learn a lesson, move together, enter into a dance and channel that into acting, movement and mindfulness.

Star Wars is an inspiration to us all and it impacts us throughout our lives. There are many groups out there that do wonderful work inspired by the franchise and our students do everything they can to be active in those communities. These classes are to teach how to use a prop and build a system of integrated movement choreographies. What does that mean? That means 30 people in a room swinging sticks and nobody getting hurt. No doubt of the SW inspiration but we want a different approach to fitness and well-being. We love the symbol of “lightsaber”, but here, the LED stunt saber lights the way in our path to health in both body and mind.

Still not sure? Read more about why this is the class for you. To learn more about us, visit us at one of our Fundamentals classes.

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Fundamental Rules: The Restraints

Fundamental Rules: The Restraints

Yoga is a core element to SaberCraft. Yoga goes beyond touching your toes. Yoga is an established system of rules and postures to provide a better lifestyle. SaberCraft goes beyond LED stunt-sabers to provide an environment for students to feel safe and grow. in order to provide this environment, our Knights and participants must adhere to the following rules which are part of the Yoga philosophy.

The Restraints:

These restraints are what we practice to work best as a group. They are pretty much 5 rules of what not to do: 

  • Rule #1: Do not harm
    Safety is the most important part of our work. We are not here to spar with each other and potentially hit someone. Harming others results potentially in being removed from the program. If you compromise safety and injure someone, you will be kicked out.
  • Rule #2: Do not lie
    Beyond the occasional white lie, lying should avoided – most importantly involving practice. If a student is working with another on a choreography and there is work to be practiced and it’s not being done then the student should not lie about their inability to practice. By lying, a student may endanger another. Honesty is extremely important between participants. The same applies to strikes. Striking should be honest. The focus is to clash sabers or provide that appearance. If one is attacking there is a three-fold goal:

    • Do not injure your opponent
    • Make contact with your opponent’s saber
    • Be honest with their strikes and intentions.
  • Rule #3: Do not steal
    Stealing is not acceptable in any way. This goes beyond the theft of anything physical. Theft can also be applied to our encounters and fellowship. Don’t steal another’s “thunder” as the saying goes. Examples of theft:

    • If a fellow participant is involved in another activity and you steal their time involving something outside of class.
    • If a student is working on something for a requirement and you steal their time to work on a choreography that is outside of their level or will impact their current work.
    • If a student is feeling particularly positive and you come and willingly take them to a negative place. We are to create an environment where everyone feels welcomed and we must respect why each and every participant is here. This is not a group-therapy session. This is not a space to provide emotional support nor babysitting.
  • Rule #4: Do not waste
    In the same effort of not stealing, we should adhere to not wasting. By wasting we mean:

    • Taking up class time to discuss things that are not relavent to class. We have 120 minutes to be effective. By taking time in class to distract members eats up time that they’ve allocated to waking up and driving to Downtown Miami for class.
    • Signing the group up for ineffective means of getting leads or giving back. We believe in doing public performances, but the idea should be that if folks are taking time to practice and dress up for an activity – there should a be a pay-off. Our focus on events is to expose the community to SaberCraft and what we’ve learned. Pay-off does not have to be monetary but should be in overall fellowship with the group. There should be some good to come out of it for the group. Considering our student’s time, no event should take place during class time as that would split the group.
    • Everyone’s time is precious, let’s avoid burn-out which happens when we sign-up for more than we can chew.
    • If you have volunteered for something, see it through. Do not volunteer hastily for any responsibility or duty and then voluntarily choose to fail. It lets the team down, others will have to pick up for it. Respect for everyone is vital to the development of our community.
  • Do not hoard
    Theft, lying and wasting inevitably lead to hoarding. Hoarding can happen when one wants all the attention and credit. When one rises above the team and makes their goals the priority rather than taking the team and it’s members into consideration.

    • Taking credit for someone else’s work
    • Focusing on being in the limelight at a performance or class.
    • Hoarding happens when one believes in exclusivity. It is the mentality of “Us vs Them”. Thinking that involves the mindset that “This is “my” team and I don’t want a particular person/group from joining.” Everyone is welcomed and the work is to be shared by everyone.
    • Hoarding happens when one believes that they should be the only member that role plays a particular character or role.
    • Hoarding involves putting students against each other by the creation of faux teams that distracts the students from their responsibilities and makes them feel unwelcome.

What is really important in all of this is understanding others. Not everyone is a comedian or has a knack for comedy. We all believe that we can be really funny, but what’s funny for someone can be offensive for others. What’s important is how you react to how others receive your comments or intentions. Have fun – but do it responsibly. This is not a space to divide but rather to lift.

As Knights we need to take our practice to the highest levels. Knights are responsible to keep a high level of respect and safety as the environment of the class. Once we lose respect for each other, the team falls apart. Once safety is compromised, then the very foundation of our group will fall apart. As Knights, the responsibility is on us to provide a space for others including ourselves to feel like they can grow. A space where they can rise above everything and elevate.

With these restraints in mind we begin our journey together as a team. Ready to learn how this will improve you as a member of the team, let’s move on to The Observances.

The Observances

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Miami Int. Book Fair: E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka Book Talk

Miami Int. Book Fair: E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka Book Talk

SaberCraft opened for E. K. Johnston’s “Ahsoka” Book Talk at the Miami Book Fair International. Performing to a crowd of over 150 children & teens, Magic City Knights Ahsoka, Tsundra, Inti performed a quick 3 person choreography. Thank you Miami Book Fair & E. K. Johnston for the mention.

Sabercraft Knights geared up and performing for E.K. Johnston’s book talk on Ahsoka. Pick it up today! https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Ahsoka-E-K-Jo…/…/1484705661

In partnership with

Miami Book Fair

Miami Book Fair

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What Saber should I buy or bring?

What Saber should I buy or bring?

This is usually everyone’s first question. Bring any saber that is a stunt-combat saber. Most Ultra Sabers, VadersVault, SaberForge, Park Sabers and most other Custom Combat Stunt Sabers work for our classes. What does not work are replica sabers such as Master Replicas or any saber that’s meant more as decorative prop rather than utility prop.

Your saber will be inspected by any of our senior students before you are allowed to bring it into the class environment. We have many Ultra Sabers on hand in case you need one for class.

What to buy for your First Saber

If you plan on doing combat choreography, expect your stunt saber to break. Several times. It’s natural that these things will happen because of the various nature of the forces of the strikes and even dropping the saber repeatedly. Keep in mind that wiring can become loose, battery packs will break, bulbs may burst and sabers may bend. So when it comes to buying your saber, here’s a plan to follow:

BUY 2 SABERS

Saber #1: The Stunt Saber

If the first thing that comes to mind is, “I can barely afford one saber; forget two!” then we suggest purchasing only Saber #1. Saber #1 should be your go to saber. This is your training saber and may even be your performance saber. This is a saber that you intend on getting scratched, dinged and banged up quite often. This is the one you bring to class, that you may leave in your trunk, that if it broke, it wouldn’t break your heart. You should spend about $90 at Ultra Sabers and pick up one for yourself. If you’re 5’5 or above, we suggest an Initiate v4. If you are shorter than that, we suggest an Initiate v2. Simply because of size and weight. When you are doing saber spins or have to do quick grip changes, it’s when the little details of the saber will either work with you or against you. The blade MUST be a Heavy-Grade or Ultra-Edge Heavy-Grade blade.

Saber #2: The Prize Saber

Saber #2 should be your prize. This is where you spend the big bucks and buy a beautiful saber that you will take with you to Cons. That you will accessorize for your photos to join Saber Guild, the Rebel Legion or the 501st Legion. This is NOT the saber you want to bring to every class or to the park to practice with.

Ideally, most folks should start with a standard Stunt Saber that costs between $75 and $100 USD.

Granted, we try to build an environment where you don’t have random people trying to hit your blade as hard as they can but you will run into that – especially at Cons and performances. Be prepared and buy wisely.

Once you have your saber, come by class and give it a whirl. We’ll be waiting for you.

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Make a Wish Foundation’s – The Knighting of Jedi Brady

Make a Wish Foundation’s – The Knighting of Jedi Brady

Members of SaberCraft utilized some of the skills learned in class to partake in an event to fulfill a child’s wish to become a Jedi Knight. Below are media coverage links and photos on-location and behind the scenes that went into making this miracle. We worked as a team called the “Magic City Jedi” and worked with members of the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion.

Media Coverage:


“These are behind the scenes and on-location photos of Make a Wish Foundation’s Knighting of Jedi Brady. All photos are by @[10609387:2048:Tiffany Wong] and used with her permission.”

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Form: Shii Cho

Form: Shii Cho

Introduction to Shii-Cho

Shii-Cho is a memorized solo form focused on utilizing various trajectories of the standard 1-10 target points. It also introduces the saberist to balanced postures and introducing them into saber forms in order to add drama and flair.

Download: Shii-Cho Notation

Video Tutorials

Section 1:

Shii-Cho

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Feet Strike   Feet Strike   Feet Strike
Left 0 Right 0 Right Fl-Fwd
11-prep
Right Right-forward 0m3 Left 11©
Left 11© Left 3m9 Right
Right Left (recall) Right (recall) Pause
Left Attack Pose Pause Right (stay) 12
Right Left Right (stay) Pt9
Left Right Right (skip)
Right Left 11© Left
Left 12© Feet Together Neutral Feet Together
Feet Together 0 Neutral Stance Neutral Stance

Legend:
© – Complete
Pt: Pitch
m: Modifier

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Why we use LED stunt sabers

Why we use LED stunt sabers

There’s a variety of reasons why a saber choreography class may use an LED saber. As we combine aspects of saber choreography along with Yoga, Movement, Meditation, and Dance, we utilize the LED saber because it helps us Channel the Hero Within. It gives us a chance to connect with that inner child that was obsessed with being the hero.

We all still harbor the hero within our hearts. Without sounding too poetic, it is also known as Anchoring in Neuro-linguistic programming. By utilizing an object and putting yourself in a mind space for it, it induces one to go into a certain mind-set or state of consciousness. An easy way to look at this would be every single time a fireman grabs his jacket and hat. When they grab it and put it on they get themselves ready in their mind for the challenge that comes ahead. The same can be said for the police officer putting on his badge.

In addition to that, we have a variety of reasons why we use LED Sabres:

  • Safety – By utilizing an LED saber, classes tend to be safer. We do not use heavy foam sabers or blunt weapons. There are no blades. The LED sabers tend to have a slight flexibility to them as well so in some cases they give away.
  • Brilliance – As we are swinging the Sabers, student can easily see them coming because of their Brilliance. Brilliance, once we didn’t the lights and put up the music you need to be able to clearly see where each person is in class. Because the LED saber is so brilliant one can look around the room and see exactly where each student is.
  • Glow-stick – Part of being in Miami and part of what we do is establishing a connection to the music. With an LED stick one can then go into a dance performance very similar to how it would be done at a rave or at an EDM concert.
  • Elegance – the LED saber is in a is an elegant weapon. The sleek aluminum, the brilliant lights, the sound, the cool touch, the weight, and many other details really make the LED saber the choice tool for SaberCraft.
  • Lightweight – Weighing less than a pound they provide a very versatile tool.
  • Variety – There are a variety of hilt and colors available. Because of that one can express themselves however they see fit in our classes. This goes beyond what color is deemed “good” or if a color is deemed “evil”. It’s simply colors – Colors and connections.

So as you can see, there is a variety of reasons why one would use an LED saber for this type of class.

What’s the difference between an LED Stunt Saber and a Lightsaber?

Simple, a lightsaber is a fictitious weapon from the Star Wars saga that can cut through most things in the galaxy and it was powered by the Force through crystals. An LED Stunt Saber is a real manufactured saber for saber-hobbyists and martial artists. It is usually powered by batteries and cannot cut through anything as it a blunt item.

SaberCraft has the largest selection of LED Sabers available to the public for any class in the Southeast US.

Come by if you’re interested in learning more.

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