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Stunt Lightsaber Combat For Beginners: The Unofficial Guide to Dueling Like a Jedi Paperback – December 28, 2015
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About the Author
Carey Martell has over twenty years of experience in the martial arts, having studied a variety of styles including Taekwondo, Boxing, Combat Hapkido, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Aikido, Jeet Kune Do and Escrima. He served five years in the US Army from 2000 to 2005 including one tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His primary occupation as a soldier was Infantryman and his advanced education included certifications in riot training, close quarters combat and combat lifesaving techniques. He served as his platoon’s hand-to-hand combat instructor. After leaving the military with an honorable discharge he became a digital media expert and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Martell Broadcasting Systems, Inc. Carey formerly served as the Vice President of Thunder TV, the internet television division of Thunder Digital Media.
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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.
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.