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I come from a kendo and historical fencing background, and found the descriptions to be fine for the intended purpose of the book, and the drawings (swordsmen dressed in jedi garb was a nice, whimsical touch) and exercises certainly would be helpful to a beginner, though I would like to emphasize that if you intend to go beyond fighting with stunt lightsabers with your friends, having a background in a relevant sword art or having access to an instructor who does is necessary.
The source for his material is Fiore's longsword manuals. The Medieval Longsword, by Guy Windsor, is an historical treatment of Fiore's work, so if you're interested in a more thorough treatment, I recommend it. Carey Martell's volume is a nice intro to Fiore's system. The book was well worth the money.
I got the book thinking that it had more to do with choreographed stage fighting which it does not. Simple to understand the author bases his lessons loosely his understanding of 15th century Italian long sword fencing.
If folks find this approach interesting, it would be nice if the author could reference the HEMA Alliance, or some other Western Martial Arts organization. That way they could expand on on the lessons from this book by learning long sword from the source material itself.
The Lightsaber, an iconic fixture of the Star Wars franchise. Much of what helps stories craft an air of mythology (for lack of a better term) is repetition, be it both in the story or in people's tributes to its ideas and themes. This would naturally extend to mock fighting with the iconic weapon, mostly by fans who might have little experience with swordfighting.....which is where a manual like this comes in.
While officially, this is a beginner's guide to lightsaber combat, it's doing so from an in-reality standpoint, rather than in-universe. removing the lightsaber aspect, there's very little here that would easily apply to simple swordplay. If you're going into this expecting the use of the various forms seen in the stories, you'll be disappointed. It is at its core a basic no-frills introduction to swordplay. What it may lack in 'lore' it makes up for in honesty. Far too often swordsmanship manuals (especially western swordsmanship) spend too much time keeping up this air of being 'above' the reader, and as a result come off as impenetrable. This book doesn't do that, and it helps by having basic instructions and illustrations, just enough to get the point across but not enough to appear lavish.
That said, its basic appearance is a double-edged sword (pun unintended). The version I have is the printed copy of what is a Kindle book....and it shows. Reading through the pages, I get a sense that this is more suited for an e-reader than a more traditional book. Also, while it's certainly a breezy read due to its approachable nature, It ends a little too quickly for my taste.
Bottom line, this is a no-frills introduction to swordsmanship, much like the original films were for a generation. While I'd certainly recommend it to star wars fans, I'm more inclined to recommend it to anyone thinking of getting into LARPing in general, as it's a fine gateway for that.