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The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« on: May 24, 2012, 01:51:36 PM »
The Giant List of Lightsaber Stage Combat Choreography, Fighting, Dueling, Martial Arts, Performance, and Sparring Clubs

Here's my giant list of lightsaber stage combat choreography / fighting / dueling / martial arts / performance / sparring clubs.

I expect this shall be stickied.

Too often people say: "Well, there's nothing like this near me!" But yet too often there is, and you are simply oblivious. Perhaps due to poor advertising, word of mouth, etc.

So here's a list - fully researched, with descriptions as provided by the clubs themselves, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, forums, etc.

Yes - MANY are SaberWars clubs, but that's only what I have experience with, and you'll find that many also ARE NOT. Yet. Because I did some exhaustive research.

These run the gamut - from clubs that concentrate on costuming and charity work with mild amounts of choreo, to pure choreography performance groups, to clubs that are full-on intending to convert lightsaber combat to a full-contact martial art.

If you are finding that a club you know of, or your own club specifically, is not mentioned - then I think I would prefer a private message, I intend this list to be a CURATED list for as long as possible.

I am even-handed; listing clubs - and their spin-offs, schisms and competition - in the same breath and the same paragraphs. Please do not be offended. The idea is not to inspire flame wars...

Preferably, I am trying to avoid clubs that currently consist of 1 or 2 people, so please don't let me know about you until you're established - following Caine's guidelines - with a website, a Facebook, Youtube, etc. In a few cases this was unavoidable.

I tried hard to give this list an international flavor, but there are still parts of the world unheard from - Africa, most of South America, Japan, most of Russia and China... if you have more of an idea of what's going on and what clubs exist, let me know!

I also tried to list some of the clubs we've lost along the way. While their websites remain up, they sometimes contain considerable amounts of information.

So, without further ado...
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 01:53:04 PM »
The Giant List of Lightsaber Stage Combat Choreography, Fighting/Martial Arts, Performance, and Sparring Clubs

North America
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United States
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Alabama
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Alabama Jedi
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Welcome to AL JEDI - Alabama's lightsaber stage combat enthusiasts. This is a group dedicated to the future members of the Alabama Saberwars community. Since this group isn't completely formed, we are looking for people who can help us get started.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alabama-Jedi/113582685371344

Alabama Saber Masters (Montgomery, AL)
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Lightsaber Stage Combat based in Montgomery, AL
Mission: To bring together individuals that are interested in lightsaber stage combat.
Description: This is a group dedicated to the members of the Alabama Saberwars community. We are always looking for people who are interested in lightsabers and stage combat.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alabama-Saber-Masters/183197688403361
StarWarsSpace: http://www.starwarsspace.net/group/alabamasabermasters
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=144

** (not sure what the difference is between the two Alabama groups, they seem to have the same 3-4 members. Might be on hiatus.)

California
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Golden Gate Knights (San Francisco, CA)
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A Long Time Ago... a story was told that sparked a fire in many hearts. To fan that flame, we have created the Golden Gate Knights, a San Francisco Bay Area group that offers experienced instruction in saber choreography. With our classes, you will become an expert at saber choreography, spins, flourishes and a whole lot more.

Website: http://goldengateknights.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_159996834041207&ap=1

Inland Empire Saber Team (Riverside/Corona/Inland Empire, CA)
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The Inland Empire Saber Team is a Star Wars fan group based in Southern California's Inland Empire whose primary activities revolve around staged combat stunt choreography for fun and fitness.

According to the founder, as of May 2012 they have yet to hold a practice. New club.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/198680916899739/
Forums: http://kuyaverse.proboards.com/
Advert: http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/grp/2881261244.html
Advert: http://www.fx_sabers.com/forum/index.php?topic=33573.0 ( replace "_" with "-" )

LA Jedi (Los Angeles, CA)
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LAjedi is part of a world-wide community of people (known as SaberWars) who share practical Martial Arts based and Stage Combat oriented Light Saber techniques.  But with the exciting option of creating your own character, not only based in any franchise, you can be the Hero or Baddie you've always wanted to be!

If you asked me, I'd say this club is inactive.
However, the last time I checked (late 2010), I was told they still meet up. They're primarily no longer in Los Angeles, though - and they organize meetups by email list/texting - in other words, no active web presence at this time.
Current research (2012) indicates the "Endor Crew" is meeting again in Pasadena as of May 2012.
(NEW) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/72438662505/
StarWarsSpace: http://www.starwarsspace.net/profile/LaJedi
Old Forums: http://rougejedi.proboards.com/
Official Forums: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=30

LED Saber Combat Guild (Hollister, CA)
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Based in Hollister, CA, this is the home of the first ever martial arts based LED Saber Combat and Forms Curriculum. The goal is to spread the word on both martial arts training and LED Sabers!
Mission: To teach everyone how to properly use the most widely recognized weapon in science fiction the safe and proper way.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LED-Saber-Combat-Guild/107668502598567

Orange County Saber Alliance (Orange County, CA)
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A Light saber based sword training club. One of the most popular aspects of our fan club is the Orange County Saber Aliance, formerly known as the Orange County Saber Academy. Members share a great deal of past experience in the activities of saber fighting and choreography. We have a specially designed choreography routine set that we use at various club functions and events. The Saber Alliance is currently updating it's routines and costuming standards to greater service the standards of our various costuming club legions.

Website: http://www.ocsws.com/ocsa.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/208123710827/

Saber Guild (Anaheim, CA)
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We are The Saber Guild. We're a voluntary not-for-profit costumed performance group of Star Wars enthusiasts. We perform Star Wars Light Saber choreography shows for special events as a way of helping other not-for-profit organizations and spread the joy of Star Wars to others.

Website: http://www.saberguild.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saber-Guild/244009805609555
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/saberguild

Santa Cruz Jedi Academy (Santa Cruz, CA)
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Located in Santa Cruz County, California, we are a community of local Lightsaber enthusiasts who share practical Martial Arts-based and Stage Combat oriented knowledge of techniques in order to create illuminating Lightsaber duels! We offer training for Lightsaber Stage Combat. This means, we show you practical knowledge of how to use a Lightsaber safely in a duel, as well as how to impress a watching crowd. We also allow costumed combat as well, as long as it’s comfortable, of course. We give you the exciting option of creating your own character, from whatever piece of Science Fiction that inspires you! Dress up, or don’t. Want to show up as a Dark side, Staff-saber wielding Orc, or a regular member of today’s society? It’s up to you!

Website: http://www.santacruzjediacademy.webs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Cruz-Jedi-Academy/167460699970775
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/alucard41383/videos

Colorado
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Colorado Jedi Order (Denver, CO)
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We are:
A Not for profit martial arts Organization
A club for Costume and Combat Enthusiasts
Supporting the community through good deeds and charity events.
we also offer: Birthday Parties, Choreographed Performances, "Fun"draisers, Corporate/Private Events, and Parties of all kinds. *The CJO works for Donations that support the CJO Scholarship fund for youth "At Risk".
The CJO is the premier Lightsaber and Jedi training Order of Colorado and governs the safety and applied training of smaller organizations in Colorado such as The Denver Saber Sensei's™ Lightsaber Academy. CJO is a Martial Order dedicated to the The way of the Jedi and Lightsaber Combat.
We are now forming:
A Council of Jedi Enthusiast
A National Lightsaber Association
Lightsaber, Jedi Combat, and Instructorship Classes

** Suspected inactive **
Website: http://www.coloradojediorder.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-Jedi-Order/115852388426566

Metro Stage Combat of Denver, CO (Denver, CO)
This is a stage combat class held at a university. These guys do a lightsaber class for their members once a year a so, but they're just a stage combat class. However, they did review Uilos718's paper on the 7 forms.
Website: http://bonzuko.com/?p=3209
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MSCDstagecombat

Connecticut
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CT Jedi (Connecticut)
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CT Jedi is a fairly new chapter of Saber Wars, an online community of people who share practical Martial Arts-based and Stage Combat oriented lightsaber techniques in order to create illuminated stage combat! WOW, that is a lot of big words! Let's break it down: We are group of geeks who share a passion for artistically swinging around rather LARGE glow sticks! But we always maintain safety... "Control before speed!" We are not character or cannon specific to any story franchise, so you have the exciting option of creating your own hero, from whatever source inspires you! Just add a lightsaber and you fit right in! And, yes, we offer classes locally in Lightsaber Stage Combat. This means, we show you practical knowledge of how to use a lightsaber, as well as how to "Wow the crowd." Yeah, that's what we do... but most importantly, it's about our community. Like-minded people sharing their "Geekdom" and having a good time together showing it off!

Website: ctjedi.bravehost.com/index.html
Facebook (Page): https://www.facebook.com/CtJedi
Facebook (Page, Old): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Connecticut-Jedi/161895097181923
Facebook (Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/439584296054620/
Facebook (Group, Old): https://www.facebook.com/groups/165358403494594/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CTJediGroup/
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=79

District of Columbia
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Defenders of the Force (Washington, DC)
Officially LFL-sanctioned canon costuming AND choreo/combat group.
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The concept and design was born to create a group that would cause a change in the community on the outlook of how a Star Wars fan club could help various charity organizations and truly make a difference.

Website: http://www.defendersoftheforce.org/
Forum: http://defendersoftheforce.org/forum/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Defenders-of-the-Force/164414506911780

Georgia
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The Living Force of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
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The Living Force of Atlanta is a community of lightsaber enthusiasts that teaches and performs choreographed stage combat in Georgia. Come join us!
Description: The Living Force of Atlanta is a community of lightsaber enthusiasts that teaches and performs choreographed stage combat in Georgia. We are always looking for people who are interested in lightsabers and stage combat.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Force-Of-Atlanta/127522300676097
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=129

Iowa
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Dubuque Lightsaber Guild (Dubuque, Iowa)
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This is a group for anyone who duels with lightsabers, wants to duel with lightsabers, or people who want to watch people duel with lightsabers. I hope this group will inspire people in the area to come out and support the saber dueling community.

I think it's just a loose meetup of sparring teenagers and such. May be inactive.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/351718753623/

Kentucky
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Ashland Lightsaber League (Ashland, KY)
According to Google, this is a group of kids who meet in the local park for unchoreographed battles/sparring.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/159586400746274/

I found mention of another, true choreo club in Ashland on Google+ but no other mentions.

Louisiana
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Proclamation of the Force (Lafayette, LA)
College/University club - University of Lousiana at Lafayette (Mu Epsilon Kappa - Omega Psi)
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At MEK's Omega Psi Chapter, we've added a brand new Special Interest Group called the Proclamation of the Force. This is a Guild of Light Saber enthusiasts interested in learning to duel with light sabers and performing the martial art on stage at conventions.

May be inactive.
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln4uSg10c2I

Maryland
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Maryland Jidai (Columbia, MD)
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If you love the saber, we'd love for you to join us.
CosKumite / Combattitude Fighting Fitness Alliance
C.L.A.N.S. of the Revolution / MD Jidai Light Saber Combat!

CosKumite - The Art of Cosplay Combat
Created by Chuck Jeffreys, a Professional Stuntman, Fight Choreographer, & Martial Artist/Instructor, CosKumite teaches safe and creative mock/staged combat (open hand & weapons) to people who participate in various Costume and Cosplay events & conventions (Anime, Star Wars, Star Trek, Pirate, LARP, Fantasy, etc). It's also an excellent workout & great for those who just want to do it for the FUN of it! No Convention Experience Necessary :) The techniques taught as the foundation of CosKumite are from various styles of traditional and eclectic martial arts. Those techniques are then tailored into creative
fight choreography to fit the various individuals, characters, and weapons.  

C.L.A.N.S. (Clans, Legions, Aliens, Nobles, & Soldiers) of the Revolution / Maryland Jidai, an off-shoot of CosKumite
When we first started CosKumite classes we had so many people show up with light sabers that we decided to start a separate group to accommodate. C.L.A.N.S. of the Revolution was born. The areas first lightsaber dueling/choreo group. And although it's mainly about that glowing blade of cinematic fame it's not confined to any specific characters or mythos within it. That's all your choice.

Website: http://www.marylandjedi.com
Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/coskumite-cotr-cosplay-combat/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CosKumite
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=66
YouTube (Old): http://www.youtube.com/user/combattitude
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/COTR32

Massachusetts
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College/University club - MIT, Massachusetts (for like a weekend or two)
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A5623: Introduction to Lightsaber Dueling and Stage Combat
This class will cover proper stance and grip when holding a lightsaber, basic spins, how to strike, and how to defend. Once everyone is comfortable wielding their lightsaber we will expand on these skills, using them to teach students how to construct their own choreographed duel, which they will have time to practice. We will be available to critique and assist in creating and learning your own choreography. We tried this class out at Splash 2011 and it was a huge success. Every team made an extremely impressive ~1 minute long duel which blew me away. Due to the class’ success we are teaching the class multiple times during Spark.


Taught by whiz-kid college students, for high schoolers in grades 9-12. (!!)
Website: http://esp.mit.edu/learn/Spark/2012/catalog
Website: http://esp.mit.edu/teach/teachers/tj004/bio.html
Image: http://imgur.com/gallery/eFymD
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igLkDExk5MQ
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV-i5qmv_84
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXzhkD0pB18
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6cuTWmXEg0
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykvZigZ4rWQ
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2my6gpjPd2M

Michigan
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Terra Prime Lightsaber Academy (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
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We do everything from fight choreography to real sparring. We are primarily online right now but hoping to find saber wielders in the mitten or thereabouts. ... We are quite new and looking for people!

Email: terraprimelightsaberacademy@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerraPrimeLightsaberAcademy
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TerraPrimeLightsaber
« Last Edit: May 24, 2012, 10:51:57 PM by Stiletto »
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2012, 01:54:16 PM »
New Jersey
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NJ Jedi (Northern NJ)
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The New Jersey Jedi are a proud chapter of SaberWars, a community of people and teachers who share practical Martial Arts-based and Stage Combat oriented Light Saber techniques... but we are non-canon specific to any story franchise. We give you the exciting option of creating your own character! You can be the Hero or Villain you've always wanted to be, we just focus on the whole light saber thing! The Light Saber Phenomenon is all over the world! Created by The New Jersey Jedi chapter of light saber stage combat maniacs, the new newjerseyjedi.com web site, along with several others around the country, bring creative and athletic warrior-dreamers out of their living rooms and into the public eye! The custom created saber classes and tutorials will have you knowing how to wield a plasma-energy type sword in NO TIME! We offer classes in Light Saber Stage Combat. This means, we show you practical operational knowledge of how to use a light saber, as well as how to "Wow the crowd." Yeah, that's what we do....

Not terribly active right now.
Website: http://newjerseyjedi.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Jersey-Jedi/110415302346788
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/121494457926335/
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=50

New York
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New York Jedi (New York City, NY)
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NewYorkJedi.com is a website designed specifically for its members to create a character that would use a weapon referred to as a light saber, and sharing stage-based techniques to use said weapon, while embodying their character through creative costuming and training. We then provide a platform for that member to showcase their knowledge in an interactive environment via performances and community gatherings. Within this framework, we allow people to stretch their own boundries of physical and mental abilities to become someone stronger and more confident. It's also about community; Like-minded individuals helping each other learn and grow.
Description: The New York Jedi are a community of people and teachers who share practical Martial Arts-based and Stage Combat oriented Light Saber techniques in order to create illuminated stage combat for fun! But we are not character or canon-specific to any story franchise. We give you the exciting option of creating your own hero, from whatever source inspires you! We just focus on the whole light saber thing!

Website: http://www.newyorkjedi.com
Facebook (Old): https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-Jedi-old-page/118488251525358
Facebook (Current): https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-Jedi/139218932764296
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/newyorkjedi (although many more of their videos can be found posted unofficially by fans and members)

LI Jedi (Long Island, NY)
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Our Mission:
To provide an environment where members can learn the art of the light saber, as well as provide a means of giving back to the community through education, performance, and charitable events.
The Long Island Jedi are actors, non-actors, martial artists, costumers and performers who share a love for the galaxy's most elegant weapon- the lightsaber!
All skill levels are welcome, from Padawan to Master. We share our skills and knowledge to create unique exhibitions in lightsaber combat.
Our activities include:
- Lightsaber Training Classes
- Fight Scene Choreography
- Live Performances and Demos
- Costuming
- Charity Events

Website: http://www.lijedi.com/
Official Forum: http://www.lijedi.com/forum/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/LIJedi

Lightsaber Combat Group (Long Island, NY)
This is an offshoot of Long Island Jedi, run by General IngChao, who makes custom sabers for people. Their focus is mainly charity work.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119723981425875/

Pennsylvania
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Capital City Jedi Knights (Harrisburg - Central Pennsylvania)
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A Central Pennsylvania based, non-profit club that teaches and performs choreographed stage combat, using certified prop "laser swords" for fun, health, networking, and community support!
Description: Capital City Jedi Knights is a non-profit, performance group, whose primary objective is to teach and perform staged combat light saber duels for conventions, community, and charity events. Free classes are held once a week in the Harrisburg area to anyone 16 or older, where one can learn how to safely choreograph a duel, utilizing techniques from the martial arts, theater, and even acrobatics.
Don't worry if you don't have your own saber. There are always extras to borrow, but we can also help guide you in getting/building your own, as well as putting together costumes and characters for your performances. We are a part of SaberWars, so if you don't live near the Harrisburg area, we can help you find or start a sister club near you.
Come learn the Jedi Way with Capital City Jedi Knights!

Website: http://capcityjedi.org (placeholder)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capcityjedi
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CapCityJedi
Official Forum: http://capcityjedi.org/forum
Official Forum (SaberWars): http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=109

Drexel Jedi (Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA)
College/University Club
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We're a FSBS group on Drexel Campus! You've likely seen us practicing on random evenings during the week and the weekend. I'm working on making a Drexel Branch. Information on what we do can be found here! -> Pajedi.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DrexelJedi/
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=142

PA Jedi (Philadelphia, PA)
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"We are a group of performing artists who use light saber choreography, character development, costuming, and stage combat to prepare our members for public performances and charity events as our way of giving back to the community."

Website: http://www.pajedi.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaJedi
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PAJedi
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/PaJediDotCom
Official Forum (Dead): http://pajediforum.freeforums.orgnote
Official Forum (Old, Locked): http://pajedi.freeforums.org
Official Forum (SaberWars): http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=65

Texas
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Jedi Temple of Earth (Austin, TX)
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Starting now, the Jedi Temple of Earth is opening it's doors to the public. We are a team of fight choreographers, martial arts instructors, actors, and die hard Star Wars fans who teach all 7 main forms of lightsaber combat, plus their respective variations. We are the SAFD approved fight choreographers for the Lucas approved Bookpeople Star Wars literary camp in February! Learn lightsaber combat with a full curriculum up to and beyond Jedi or Sith Master! Learn fight choreography, stunts, combos, lightsaber katas, develop characters, and live action roleplay at the Jedi Temple of Earth!

Highly commercial - $$$/mo. LFL-approved (supposedly) for some event near them. All SAFD-approved instructors.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jedi-Temple-of-Earth/211060292309129
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JediTempleofEarth

Lone Star Jedi (Round Rock, TX)
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Lone Star Jedi is a club for Battle Saber Enthusiasts. Modeled after NY Jedi, we are located DEEP in the heart of Texas in the Capitol city of Austin. Join us if you have a battle saber or would like to learn more about the Jedi Martial Arts.
Mission: The goal of the Lone Star Jedi is to provide local fans with opportunities to meet other fans who reside in Central Texas who share a love for swordsmanship, costuming (or cos play), and stage combat. Opportunities through the group may include but not be limited to online activities, club meetings, professional and amateur sword instruction, sword building or saber smithy, fan films, other fun activities, and a way of providing a connective matrix to other Star Wars fans, Jedi Martial Art fans and swords persons in the surrounding areas. In addition, the Lone Star Jedi perform functions to benefit the community and local charity organizations such as, but not limited to fundraisers, toy drives, food drives, conventions, and choreographed lightsaber combat shows through the use of battle sabers like those found at www.ultrasabers.com.
Description: Lone Star Jedi is a not-for-profit organization formed by residents of Central Texas who are fans of the Star Wars series of films, are battle saber enthusiasts, and who are interested in the Jedi Martial Arts or the art of fencing and swordplay in general. We wield battle sabers and practice PVC swords to learn and share with others about this wonderful martial art. Lone Star Jedi appreciates the many forms as well as the dangers of this art by showcasing our skills through cos play, character development and live stage combat.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LoneStarJedi

Lightsaber Knights of San Antonio Texas (San Antonio, TX)
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The Lightsaber Knights are a Star Wars fan group, with our primary focus being lightsabers. We work on choreographed fight scenes, martial arts, stage fighting, games, and performances. All skill levels are welcome to join in on the fun! May the Force be with you!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/147838185289368/
YouTube: hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILkEl8UgqVI

Sith Shadow Council of Texas (San Antonio, TX)
costuming group in Texas.... but apparently they do lightsaber choreo as well.
Doesn't seem to be their main thing though.
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The Sith Shadow Council of Texas (SSCOT) is an independent, non-profit group whose members enjoy the Star Wars universe in their own way. SSCOT is based in San Antonio, Texas and is not affiliated with Lucasfilm or any of its licensees or subsidiaries. SSCOT is a place where people can promote and share an interest of Star Wars.  SSCOT is involved in the local community through charity and volunteer work.  Members dress up in costume, attend social events, and are available for a variety of events, both to the general public and professional groups.
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The lightsaber is the weapon of choice of all jedi and the probably the object that defines the Star Wars universe. Although lightsabers don’t exist yet, we practice with durable plastic replicas that we buy from Ultrasabers. Even if you don’t have your own lightsaber, our members may have extra ones to lend. Using our lightsabers, we train for choreographed duels. ... Whatever we do in lightsaber training, we take safety seriously and emphasize on proper lightsaber control.

Website: http://sscot.net/
Website - Activities: http://sscot.net/about/our-activities/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SSCOT

San Antonio Lightsaber Academy (San Antonio, TX)
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Dedicated to all the fans wanting to have fun with possibly the coolest thing from the Star Wars universe!
Mission: The group's mission is to have fun with the idea of lightsaber combat. Yes, it is a physical activity, but is in no means one that is meant to hurt anyone. This idea was branched off two non-profit, charity organizations in town and will hopefully reach their level of greatness.
Description: Creating Jedi and Sith since 2011. We are a new group with an older foundation. Spanning from the Star Wars Society of San Antonio, the San Antonio Lightsaber Academy brings a new swing to the Star Wars universe. We all know the movies and the history, but this group brings to life the various fighting styles, techniques, and theories of lightsaber combat from all of the Star Wars Universe. The San Antonio Lightsaber Academy offesr a fun environment to study the art of saber combat while utilizing its base in sword fighting for an entertaining way of keeping the body focused, as well as in shape. There will be more to come!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/125863810862049/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Antonio-Lightsaber-Academy/155065031207490

Vermont
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VT Jedi (Vermont)
1 member so far, but it's General Sun of "Shii-Cho" fame, heading up the group.
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=100
Forum - Thread: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=3639
Forum - Thread: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4518

Wisconsin
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Knights of the Howling Moon (Sheboygan, WI)
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We are members of Rebel Legion, the Wisconsin/Illinois chapter. We have been putting on lightsaber demos at different events for about a year now, mostly in Wisconsin. Before that, we practiced medieval longsword techniques for three years until we were asked to put together a lightsaber duel to showcase at a concert, and we've been doing them ever since. There's only two of us right now, but we're always looking for more people interested in joining us. We call ourselves, "Knights of the Howling Moon."

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_233109033373265
Official Forum: http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=337
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=138
Unofficial Forum - Thread: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=5578
Unofficial Forum - Thread: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7625

Canada
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New Brunswick
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East Coast Sabers (Fredericton, NB)
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Mission: To gather like-minded individuals to participate and have fun while learning all about Lightsabers and how to use them. We are a group for lightsaber enthusiasts who gather one night a week to train and learn how to use the elegant weapons of a more civilized time. We study the 7 forms of lightsaber combat, choreograph fights, duel, and teach what we know to others, all in good fun.

Children and adults.
Website: http://www.eastcoastsabers.ca/
Website - About: http://www.eastcoastsabers.ca/about-us.php
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EastCoastSabers

Team ForceFull (St. John, NB)
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Team ForceFull is a saber enthusiast/choreography group based out of St John, NB. Team ForceFull is a Star Wars themed group, putting on lightsaber demonstrations.

(This Facebook group might be them? I am trying to find out more information.)
Facebook (?): https://www.facebook.com/groups/180825078599207/
YouTube (Confirmed): hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpM_NSgnAIc

Ontario
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Toronto Jedi
Toronto Jedi - Wizard Con, and MegaCon goers.
The forum exists, but there is maybe one interested person so far.
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=159

Nova Scotia
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Sabers of the East (Halifax, NS)
(formerly "Lightsabers Nova Scotia")
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An INVITATION ONLY, Star Wars appreciation and saber choreography group based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Members will work with each other and the instructors to learn and develop both saber combat/dueling forms, as well as choreography styles for demonstration purposes. Free to Join

At this time, if you're interested in joining, you need to talk to one of their FB group admins.
Facebook (Current, Invite-Only): https://www.facebook.com/groups/sabers.east/
Facebook (Old): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lightsabers-Nova-Scotia/300445033316728
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2012, 01:56:02 PM »
South America
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Brazil
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Blades Saber Team (São Paulo, Brazil)
a "closed" performance troupe.
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Fundado em 06/01/2008. Grupo de coreografias com 'sabres de luz', baseadas e inspiradas na saga de Star Wars
Description: "Há muito tempo se ouvem suas lendas e histórias...Seu caráter e destreza os precedem... E ainda hoje são conhecidos como o Cristal que mantém o Conselho Jedi unido. Eles são os Blades. "
O Blades Saber Team surgiu, no dia 06/01/2008, do encontro de amigos que se uniram para consolidar um sonho. O Blades é um clube que tem por finalidade realizar apresentações em grupo baseadas em coreografias de duelos com Sabres de Luz, como conhecemos na Saga Star Wars. Caso tenha interesse no grupo, fique ligado no site e no fórum de discussão do CJSP, para ficar por dentro das atividades relacionadas ao grupo.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bladessaber
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Bladessaber
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bladessaber
Official Forum: http://forum.conselhosp.com.br/viewforum.php?f=91
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=136

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Europe
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Germany
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SaberProject
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Team Saberproject! Learn more about all kinds of lightsabers, get and build your own! Willkommen auf Saberproject.de!  Die erste deutsche Internetseite zum Thema Lichtschwert Repliken! Bei uns bekommt ihr Infos zu verschiedenen Lichtschwert Repliken aller Preisklassen! Ob FX Lichtschwert oder Lichtschwert Griff, ob Film Repliken oder Eigenbau Lichtschwert und zusätzlich bieten wir Videos an, in denen ihr den Umgang mit dieser eleganten Waffe erlernen könnt!

Website: http://www.saberproject.de/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saberproject
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/saberproject
Official Forum: http://www.projektstarwars.de/forum/saberproject/

Italy
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Ludosport LSCA (Italy)
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The first sports school that practices and teaches combat techniques created to be used with a lightsaber in a new, original sport.
Mission: Ludosport propone un'attività sportiva adatta a tutti.
Chi proviene da attività agonistiche o pratiche marziali di qualsiasi livello troverà spazio per sperimentare una nuova disciplina che, anche se giovane, richiede allenamento, dedizione e serietà se affrontata con lo spirito di chi desidera raggiungere elevati livelli tecnici.
Anche se la scherma con spada laser è ovviamente ispirata a una saga cinematografica, per essere usata in reali combattimenti non preparati comporta la necessità di allenarsi e misurare i propri limiti ad ogni lezione.
Il Lightsaber Combat è un vero sport, legato alla scherma e in parte al combattimento ravvicinato, e in alcune situazioni arriva anche ad applicare tecniche di disarmo, leve articolari e proiezioni.
Lo strumento che usiamo - la replica di lightsaber - non ha nessuna protezione per le mani, se fosse reale taglierebbe da ogni lato e senza sforzo, non ha peso sulla "lama".
Definire delle tecniche di combattimento pratico per questo attrezzo è un'esperienza stimolante anche per chi proviene da discipline schermistiche tradizionali.
Chi invece è semplicemente affascinato dal mondo di Star Wars™ potrà concretizzare il desiderio di combattere realmente "come un Jedi" in tutta sicurezza.
Oppure misurarsi in prove di abilità con la saber, dove il confine tra attività ludica e sportiva si assottiglia: ad esempio deviare palline lanciate dai compagni simulando la "difesa dai blaster".
Un "gioco-competizione" che richiede riflessi pronti e controllo motorio, ma che viene eseguito con la volontà di divertirsi regalando a tutti una buona dose di buon umore.
Ciò che Ludosport è riuscito ad ottenere è soprattutto un gruppo di amici con una passione comune, che insieme si aiutano reciprocamente a migliorare le loro abilità, sotto la guida di istruttori preparati.
Ludosport è la prima scuola/studio in Italia di combattimento con "spade laser".
Niente coreografie, ma vero combattimento.
I corsi si tengono attualmente a Milano, Torino, Pesaro e Somma Lombardo. Nel corso del 2011 verranno aperte nuove sedi.
Ludosport LSCA è una associazione sportiva senza scopo di lucro.

A true fighting school, not choreography.
There are schools in:
(Italian): Milano (principale), Torino, Pesaro, Roma, Ravenna, Vercelli, Somma Lombardo e infine Genova.
(English): Milan (main), Turin, Pesaro, Rome, Ravenna, Vercelli, Somma Lombardo and finally Genoa.
Website: http://www.ludosport.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ludosport
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ludosport
YouTube: http://youtube.com/user/LudoSportNet

United Kingdom
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UK Jedi
LONDON, and more...
(Two known interested people, for now.) :)
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=160

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Asia
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China
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Rebel Legion Hong Kong Outpost (Hong Kong)
A Sub-club of this group is the Lightsaber Club.
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光劍俱樂部 Lightsaber Club

為熱愛Star Wars及光劍Lightsaber 的朋友而設.
定期會有光劍聚會活動.
以及將會把台灣光劍達人Makoto馬可多的光劍技術引入.

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Lightsaber Club
Friends who love Star Wars Lightsaber Lightsaber.
Periodically there will be the lightsaber gathering activities.
And will lightsaber up to Makoto Mark's lightsaber technology into.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rlhko/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JediHongKong

Russia
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SaberFighting.com
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Раздел Саберфайтинг - Это авторский проект, не претендующий на объективность статей и оценок.

As above, "This is a personal project and not intended to be objective articles and evaluations."
Still, attempts to collate and gather information from at least five Russian clubs doing both fighting/combat and choreo. A very deep site I've yet to fully study.
Website: http://www.saberfighting.com
Website - English: http://saberfighting.com/english.php
VKontakte (Russia's Facebook replacement): http://vkontakte.ru/saberfighting_art

Singapore
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FightSaber
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Lightsaber Choreography & Performance Team from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and now, Brunei!
Description: FightSaber is a dedicated stage choreography and theatrical arts troupe based in Singapore and also has groups running in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Set up in 2010, it aims to bring high action, kinesthetic performances and re-enactments of lightsaber duels from the Star Wars movies to the masses, to promote greater appreciation for stage choreography as a dramatic and theatrical art form.
Members of FightSaber are bonded by a common appreciation for the movies, costuming and a love for the performing arts.
FightSaber has staged shows at numerous public at private events in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Website: http://www.fightsaber.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FightSaber/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FightSaber
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thefightsaber
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=120

Indonesia
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FightSaber
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Lightsaber Choreography & Performance Team from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and now, Brunei!
Description: FightSaber is a dedicated stage choreography and theatrical arts troupe based in Singapore and also has groups running in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Set up in 2010, it aims to bring high action, kinesthetic performances and re-enactments of lightsaber duels from the Star Wars movies to the masses, to promote greater appreciation for stage choreography as a dramatic and theatrical art form.
Members of FightSaber are bonded by a common appreciation for the movies, costuming and a love for the performing arts.
FightSaber has staged shows at numerous public at private events in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

FightSaber Indonesia is also known as O.R.D.E.R. 66 Sith Lightsaber Combat Division
Website: http://www.fightsaber.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FightSaber/
Facebook (Other): https://www.facebook.com/pages/ORDER-66-SITH/112566405322
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FightSaber
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thefightsaber
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=120

Jakarta Saber
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Jakarta Saber adalah komunitas olahraga lightsaber Independent yang terinspirasi dari film Star Wars. JakSaber berafiliasi dengan Urban Je Di Bandung.

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Jakarta Saber is a lightsaber independent sports community that is inspired from lightsaber combat in Star Wars movie. This community was estabilished in April, 2012.  Jakarta Saber affiliated with the Urban Je Di, BDG,ID.

Website: http://jakartasaber.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jakartasaber/
Forum - Thread: http://www.kaskus.us/showthread.php?p=681223058
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=118

UrbanJedi
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We're just a community of common people playing and having fun with lightsabers from Bandung, Indonesia. We're not birthday clowns for hire.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/urbanjedi.ind/
Facebook (Other): https://www.facebook.com/urjed?sk=wall
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=127

Malaysia
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FightSaber
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Lightsaber Choreography & Performance Team from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and now, Brunei!
Description: FightSaber is a dedicated stage choreography and theatrical arts troupe based in Singapore and also has groups running in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Set up in 2010, it aims to bring high action, kinesthetic performances and re-enactments of lightsaber duels from the Star Wars movies to the masses, to promote greater appreciation for stage choreography as a dramatic and theatrical art form.
Members of FightSaber are bonded by a common appreciation for the movies, costuming and a love for the performing arts.
FightSaber has staged shows at numerous public at private events in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Website: http://www.fightsaber.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FightSaber/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FightSaber
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thefightsaber
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=120

Brunei
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ZinJedi
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The study of Lightsaber Combat. The Zin Jedi are a martial arts group which focuses on practicing Lightsaber combat as a martial art, and at the same time aims to promote the group as a Lightsaber battle choreograph group.
The Zin Jedi does not engage in actual sparring, but rather controlled movements and the practice of those attacks known as Velocities. Velocities, are controlled but unscripted sparring in which the aim is to expose your opponents defence. This requires great skill, reflex and restraint on the Jedi practitioners part and after several amounts of training then can they achieve the break-neck speed of the Jedi.

Website: http://zinjedi.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZinJedi/
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/zinjedi/
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=126

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Australia
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Rebel Empire Workshop (Perth, Western Australia)
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Rebel Empire Workshops is a fledgling production company based in Jandakot, Western Australia. We currently focus on teaching stage combat and combat choreography, along with performance and characterisation techniques to enable people to perform compelling action and dramatic sequences on stage and screen.

We aim to provide a fun, safe environment for people of all backgrounds and interests to come and join our family and learn new and challenging skills. Our workshops and classes are led by strong professional instructors with significant experience in the areas of martial arts, film and television.

We specialise in live action and short video performance, using original character concepts, full stage production, with detailed costume and set design. Our major workshops include, Stage Combat, Basic Stunts, Martial Tricks, Hollywood and Zero-Point systems of fight choreography, Character Workshops, and a variety of Contemporary Performance Workshops.

Website: http://rebelempireworkshops.com/
Website - About: http://rebelempireworkshops.com/about.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000823602447
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RebelEmpireWorkshops

VICSabers (Victoria, AU)
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ATTENTION FANS OF STAR WARS, LIGHTSABERS, SWORD FIGHTS AND FANTASY/SCI-FI!
Have you ever wanted to become that heroic Jedi or evil Sith you see in the movies? Ever dreamed of wielding the weapon that has defined a genre in a safe, friendly environment?
Then please join VICSabers! This group is dedicated to lightsaber stage combat. What is that, I hear you ask? It is the art of formulating a performance with a partner (or multiple people!) for audiences of all ages using everybody's favorite weapon: lightsabers!
"But, hang on! Lightsabers are deadly!" Wrong again, my friend! Since we are limited in our technology, we have resorted to designing lightsabers using polycarbonate (aka REALLY STRONG PLASTIC) and battery-powered LEDs to simulate the blade of light. All the electronics reside in the hilt, which can be designed in any way you wish!
Now, I said "become that heroic Jedi or evil Sith", remember? Well, guess what? VICSabers is purely "non-canon", which means you can create a character that can be ANYTHING you want! For example, you can be a Predator Jedi or an Vampire Sith! (Unfortunately, no full-blown immortals... That ruins the fun. ;) )
VICSabers will run classes on these core basics:
- How To Grip And Use The Saber
- Core Fight Elements
- Standard Performance Drills
- Lightsaber Forms
We will also run exercise drills! These assist in physical shape for your performances!
As of right now, we are currently looking for not only members, but teachers! Anyone with martial arts experience (and is a fan of the lightsaber, of course!) is welcome to come and help with the classes.
So, feel free to to join this group and show off your inner geek pride!

Only a few members so far! :)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vicsabers/
Official Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=133
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2012, 01:56:28 PM »

Dead/Defunct/Inactive Clubs
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North America
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United States
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California
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SaberForce (Southern CA)
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Saber Force is a group for lightsaber choreography for fan films, costuming, fitness, community service, public appearances and all around fun!

StarWarsSpace: http://www.starwarsspace.net/group/saberforce
** Inactive **

District of Columbia / Maryland / Virginia
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Jedi Guardians (Washington / Maryland / Virginia)
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The Guardians Performance Group (doing business as Guardians-Inc.) is a performance based stage combat/fight choreography group that performs for many non-profit charitable organizations in Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia areas.

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The Guardians began as a science fiction/fantasy fan club that was made up of both martial artists and performance artists. Inspired by some of our favorite science fiction characters, we decided in 2006 to use our skills to help out in the community. We initially explored many different avenues of support, but we found that people most enjoyed our ability to provide live action entertainment that would draw attention to worthy causes. As we matured, we began to focus more on stage combat. Stage combat is defined as "Stage combat is a specialized technique in theatre designed to create the illusion of physical combat without causing harm to the performers."
As of 2011, we are taking steps to incorporate in the state of Virginia and become a 501(3)c Not-for-profit charity. This moves is our focus and dedication to continue to provide quality, live entertainment to better our community, our world.

Costuming, charity-centric choreo group.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardians-Performance-Group/247016835342253
Website: http://www.guardians-inc.com/
Website (Old): http://web.archive.org/web/20110203000318/http://jediguardians.com/
Yahoo Group: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/JediGuardiansAlderaan/
** Seems their club is also inactive now too. Active as recently as 2010, a little in 2011... since? nothing... **

Illinois
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Windy City Jedi (Chicago, IL)
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We are a stage fight and light saber choreography group located in Chicago IL. We make characters, costumes, learn how to do stage fighting and put on shows and enjoy the art of the saber and modern story telling.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/147656747351/
Official Forum: http://windycityjedi.proboards.com/index.cgi
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=67
** On Hiatus **

Kansas
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Kansas Jedi (Kansas)
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ksjedi
** Inactive **

Ohio
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Masters of the Force (Akron, OH)
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In May of 2007, a group of like-minded friends and members of the 501st Legion’s Ohio Garrison founded Masters of the Force. Their goal was turning costuming participation at conventions, parades and charity events from simple photographic opportunities into a theatrical production. Through acting and athleticism, they came up with ways to produce live, simulated lightsaber combat based on some of the most memorable moments from the Star Wars saga. Masters of the Force focuses on two aspects of lightsaber dueling – choreographed battles and Jedi Academy Training.

Masters of the Force performed professionally for the first time in July, 2007 with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's production of The Music of John Williams. The reaction from the audience was overwhelmingly positive, and Masters of the Force was invited to perform again with Erich Kunzel at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra. Masters of the Force knew they had tapped into something special. The members bring the magic of the lightsaber to life, celebrating the great battles everyone loved in the movies in a live stage performance.

Costumers who do _some_ choreo
** Most likely inactive. I think the club has died, but their website is still up, an email could be sent to check. **
http://www.mastersoftheforce.net/meet.htm

Oregon / Washington
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Northwest Jedi (Beaverton, OR - covering Oregon & Washington State)
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NWJedi is a Lightsaber fight choreography and training group based in the northwestern United States, primarily Oregon and Washington. Inspired by www.saberwars.com and www.nyjedi.com.

Website: http://nwjedi.org/
** Inactive **

Pennsylvania
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NewJediOrder.org (Philadelphia, PA
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The New Jedi Order was formed March 27th, 2009, as a core group of performers that are intensely focused on stage combat and light saber choreography. We are comprised of members that have worked with the PA, NY, LA, LI, and NJ Jedi clubs in the past. The founders of this group envisioned creating a safe environment for passionate and dedicated members to learn the art of performing live with light sabers. To that end, we emphasize the conditioning and strengthening of bodies and minds in order to make the performance more engaging and exciting for the audience.
Our group uses the light saber as a vehicle to showcase our stage combat skills. Although we do pull our inspiration for fights and characters mainly from the Star Wars universe, we are not limited by that in any way. The group’s members all strive to consistently improve in the art that we’ve chosen. Above all we are a community centered around the goal of becoming talented and dedicated stage performers.
What we do:
    Classes
    Volunteer/Charity Work
    Performing Live At Conventions
    Creating Characters/Acting
    Costuming/Saber Smithing

Website: http://www.newjediorder.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Jedi-Order/302196615596
Official Forum: http://www.newjediorder.org/forum/
Official Forum (SaberWars): http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=65
Twitter: http://twitter.com/newjediorder
** Defunct - Merged back with PA JEDI as of December 2010 **

Steel City Jedi (Pittsburgh, PA)
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Steel City Jedi is a group of Star Wars fans and light saber enthusiasts who have come together to practice the ancient art of light saber combat.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000527356825
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/steelcityjedi
** Inactive **

Texas
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Houston Jedi (Houston, TX)
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We are a community of people and teachers dedicated to sharing practical Martial Arts and Stage Combat oriented Light Saber techniques.
Develop your own exciting character; whether it be a Jedi or Sith, Hero or Baddie, be whomever you wish to be. We rely on principles and training used by the Jedi Order: mental focus, martial arts training, universal knowledge, that sort of stuff. No matter what your current level of training, Houston Jedi is the place for you. None of us are professionals - at least not yet. ;)

(Lone Star Jedi said they were thinking of changing their name to Houston Jedi due to it being inactive for 1.5 yrs...)
Website: http://houstonjedi.blogspot.com/
Official Forums: http://houstonjedi.forummate.com
** Inactive **

Wisconsin
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Wisconsin Saber Guild (Madison, WI)
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This is a page dedicated to fans of the Movie "Star Wars"and whom consider themselves "jedi" Though it says Madison we invite all "jedi" to come and enjoy
Description: just for fun fan club of those who love and enjoy Star Wars, And Sabers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Saber-GuildMadison/130457153647280
** It appears to be inactive (or never got off the ground) **

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Asia
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Singapore
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SEJA
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Lightsaber & swordplay choreography group. Specializes in choreography for film and stage. Specializes in stage performances. SEJA is a group of stage combat choreographers and performers who first started out as Star Wars fans looking to produce a fanfilm. Fate brought them their first commercial gig whilst they were choreographing for said film.
While Star Wars may be our specialty, we are more than just lightsaber wielding Jedi or Sith practicing Soresu or Vaapad. SEJA now boasts members who are adept in various real world martial art forms and sports such as Ninjutsu, Silat, Capoeira, Taekwondo, Kendo and European Renaissance Fencing.
Our main training ground is the huge open underground bunker between Esplanade and City Link Mall.
Current styles and techniques in use is Japanese, Fencing, Star Wars Lightsaber, Silat, Filipino martial arts, Tae Kwan Do, but will expand to other styles and techniques in the future.
    Swordplay and light unarmed combat choreography, be it in films, stage/theatrical productions or events.
    Staged Performances (swordplay, unarmed combat).
    Talents for mascots (costumes not included).
    Freelance photography. (Events, glamour/portrait shots, etc.).
    Post-film production (Video editing, lightsaber rotorscoping etc.).

Website: http://www.teamseja.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeamSEJA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/26108301864/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SEJAWarriors
Unofficial Forum: http://www.saberwars.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=125
** some members joined/founded FightSaber **
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 03:28:38 PM »
Kool Great List mate  5/5 :)
Like the idea that you also have other countries in there too.

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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012, 03:52:25 PM »
:o :o :o Wow!! How did I not know about this?!

Rebel Empire Workshop (Perth, Western Australia)
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Rebel Empire Workshops is a fledgling production company based in Jandakot, Western Australia. We currently focus on teaching stage combat and combat choreography, along with performance and characterisation techniques to enable people to perform compelling action and dramatic sequences on stage and screen.

We aim to provide a fun, safe environment for people of all backgrounds and interests to come and join our family and learn new and challenging skills. Our workshops and classes are led by strong professional instructors with significant experience in the areas of martial arts, film and television.

We specialise in live action and short video performance, using original character concepts, full stage production, with detailed costume and set design. Our major workshops include, Stage Combat, Basic Stunts, Martial Tricks, Hollywood and Zero-Point systems of fight choreography, Character Workshops, and a variety of Contemporary Performance Workshops.


I was about to jokingly ask "where is Perth's club?", certain there wouldn't be one. Boy am I surprised to see this. Thanks SO much for Posting this :) its literally 10 minutes from my house!


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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 04:09:16 PM »
Regarding Rebel Empire Workshop (Perth):
- they're a true "fight school" for choreography
- as such they charge over $100/mo USD for attending
so hope you have the money. They're not exactly what I'd call "hobbyist".

That said, you might be able to work something out. Give them a shot, and let us know! :)
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 04:14:57 PM »
This list is a great resource...Thank You for this contribution Stiletto.
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 04:18:49 PM »
This list is a great resource...Thank You for this contribution Stiletto.

QFT! Dude, thank you so much for posting this!


I was about to jokingly ask "where is Perth's club?", certain there wouldn't be one. Boy am I surprised to see this. Thanks SO much for Posting this :) its literally 10 minutes from my house!

I was thinking exactly the same thing about the UK. You can make that 3 members now.  ;D
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2012, 04:27:00 PM »
Wow. Such an amazing compilation. GREAT JOB!!

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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2012, 07:44:49 PM »
Thanks everyone for the great feedback, it was many hours of work (which I also copied to SaberWars.com and SaberForum.com)

ESPECIALLY thanks to those of you who are discovering clubs local to you due to this thread. Your praise makes it ALL worthwhile! :)
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 08:54:44 PM »
Hey Stiletto just to give you a heads up Defenders Of The Force  "sanctioned canon costuming AND choreo/combat group - supposedly" We are sanctioned by LFL. We have a direct line to Mary Franklin. As being a member of the 501st ie Old Line Garrison and it's membership officer. We take it very seriously in what we do. Also here is a link to our forums http://defendersoftheforce.org/forum/. Also we cover Maryland with our sister groups OLG and Terrapin Base.
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012, 09:17:24 PM »
Just goes to show, you never know. I hear so many different things from so many different people.

So Defenders of the Force _is_ a 501st/Rebel Legion spinoff. Okay.

Word from an East Coast 501st member (not naming the garrison/base, sorry) to me is that 501st/Rebel Legion nationwide is Not Allowed to do saber combat, choreographed or not.

Other people in a garrison/base tell me that saber combat/choreo is okay with their own group guidelines and with LFL, it's just that you can't involve kids in any way.

Other people tell me it depends on the region, some groups either aren't monitored as closely or have their own take on the national guidelines.

(Ever notice that videos of Rebel Legion/501st doing choreographed performances with sabers or reenactments of saber fights - Mustafar, Episode 1, etc. - drop off sometime after 2008? Yeah...)

Anyhow, I'm coming from a conglomerate of groups (SaberWars) that prides itself on professional-level choreo and having non-canon characters, so I'm already biased and I recognize that within me.

Sorry if I offended you, SL-2272. As I said in the beginning, I wasn't trying to. I'll modify the thread.

I'm not sure if I want to mention OLG and Terrapin Base - like I said, I'm REALLY ONLY TRYING to list groups that do lightsaber combat, sparring, or choreography - preferably with unique original choreo. I don't give a fig about costuming - if they do it, great, but if they don't know how to use their sabers, then boo. So I'd have to know if they actually consider it a goal of something to do. I heard that was something Defenders of the Force did, and I've seen the training videos too, so I know you do. But what about them?

PS. If you know what happened to the Jedi Guardians, I'm actually quite curious. They still around the Delmarva area?
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Re: The Giant List of Lightsaber Clubs
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012, 09:27:29 PM »
It's all good. Defenders was created because of the 501st/Rebel Base can not do lightsaber demos or shows. So we found away around it :) Also just a heads up Maryland Jedi is a great group of people as well and is ran by a great man named Chuck Jeffreys IMD him you'll see what I mean

 




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