Iâ€™m pretty obsessed with lightsabers and I feel like I donâ€™t really have to explain why. From the very first time I saw Luke Skywalker spark up that green laser sword and slaughter Jabbaâ€™s goons in Return of the Jedi, I was hooked. I know Iâ€™m not the only person in the world who feels that way, and since my job is to make videos here at Nerdist, I try to shoehorn lightsabers into as many videos as my bosses will let me get away with. About a year ago, I made a Nerdist video about the Saber Legion. These men and women gear up in full armor and hack the crap out of each other with lightsabers. Terry Birnbaum, the organizationâ€™s founder, told me about an event called TSL3, their third annual national tournament held in Las Vegas as part of CombatCon. I had about a year to get ready and I figured it was time to put Master Yodaâ€™s words into practice and go for it.
Images: The Saber Legion
Special thanks to Steve Huff and Creative Combat, Cang Snow and Lightspeed Saber League, Starfall Sabers, Jason Hayden, Nick Cohen at Starfall Sabers, and to my brother Brad Gill, who hung out and helped me shoot at TSL3.