Sporting light saber combat2019-09-04T11:39:08+00:00

Born in Italy in 2006, sporting light saber combat is an original new sport designed around the light saber. In a desire to create an unprecedented discipline, the three founding Masters of LudoSport put together their experiences in sports, martial or armed combat sports, in search of elements that could be used to create a fundamentally innovative technique.

The development of this new sport started from the weapon itself: a blade with virtually no weight, with a 360° cutting edge, able to cut through any material except for another blade, gives a sword with a balance that is different from anything that exists (with the full weight concentrated in the handle), and that leaves no opportunity to protect the hands (no tsuba, crossguard or quillon…).

Sporting light saber combat as the Founding Masters imagined it is a mix between sport and pleasure. To symbolise this, they chose the name “LudoSport“: “Ludo-” (from latin “ludus”, meaning “game, fun”) was an ideal prefix for the word “sport”. LudoSport is an international franchise, implemented in ten countries so far. This means that all LudoSport students around the world follow the same progression path and can meet to share the same passion.

While it may be a simple hobby for some, for others, LudoSport can also be a competitive sport. Every year, the various LudoSport structures (clans, schools and academies) organise their tournaments with the goal to reach the international tournament, bringing together athletes from around the world, in the spirit of our motto: One Name One Sky.

A codified system of combat Forms, all complete and effective by themselves and compatible with each other.

LudoSport is currently divided in seven Forms, which each require one year of learning. Each Form ends with the passage of an examination, which gives access to the next Form, and so on. Each Form is a set of techniques that characterise a fighting style, a way of approaching the fight. Some Forms are performed with two hands, others with one hand. Some are explosive, fast, aggressive, others are more elegant, strategic and defensive. Finally, two Forms focus completely on two new types of weapons: the two short sabers, and the dual headed saber (staff).

The LudoSport path is:
→ Form 1 (mandatory)
→ Form 2 (mandatory)
→ Course Y, preparatory for the advanced Forms (mandatory)
→ Choice between Forms 3, 4, 5 with the long saber, and Forms 8 and 9 with the new weapons
→ After completing at least two advanced Forms (3, 4, 5, 8, 9), access to the final Forms (6 and 7, still being codified)

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Form 1
Balanced & safe

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Form 2
Darting & explosive

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Course Y

An introduction to advanced Forms (3, 4, 5 and 8, 9)

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Form 3
Fluid & deceptive

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Form 4
Acrobatic & unpredictable

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Form 5
Quick & powerful

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Form 8

Agile & pressing

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Form 9

Aggressive & swirling

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LudoSport is always evolving. Here are the Forms that are being codified and will make their apparition in the years to come:

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Form 6

Sophisticated & insidious

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Form 7

Impetuous & dominating

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The Founding Masters and the SLM

Founded in 2014 after eight years of research and practice in the first LudoSport Academy, the Society of LudoSport Masters (SLM) is a Cultural Association whose aim is the worldwide diffusion of LudoSport and its Light Saber Combat. SLM is the main and highest authority on the rules, techniques, teaching, culture and values of the sport in question. It is also the highest disciplinary body in sports matters. The Board of Directors of SLM is composed of Gianluca Longo and Simone Spreafico, Founding Masters of the first LudoSport Academy and creators of the discipline. Only SLM – directly or through its delegates – has the power to authorize the opening of Academies LudoSport and to assign degrees, qualifications and titles to practitioners of Light Saber Combat in the network.

To learn more about SLM, visit its website: slm.ludosport.net