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18 January 2016 @ 04:49 pm
Hawaii Jedi Saber Adacemy  

So, in the beginning of December when Thuy was caught up in the hype and excitement of the new Star Wars movie, she had what sounded like an insane idea to purchase a well-made lightsaber. I'm more of a Trekkie, and Star Wars is something that I also grew up watching, but it doesn't mean the same things to me. It didn't shape who I am in the way that Star Trek did. I wouldn't be the same person without it. Anyways, I digress. Savariben!

She ended up ordering two lightsabers from a company called Ultrasabers, and her brother ordered two as well (one for his girlfriend and one for himself. Thuy's were both for her, uh...).

Honestly? I thought that it was kind of dumb to pay three hundred dollars for a lightsaber, especially when you weren't a big fan or anything (Which she and I are not. Now, a Batleth on the other hand... I had been eyeing one for a while, but the price and the leather grip was keeping me from buying it. Why leather? I doubt that they even have cows on Klingon!). However, when the sabers came in a few weeks later, both me and Justin put in orders later that same night! I have an orange one for sparring now, and a purple one because, purple. I should have made the sparring one purple, but I didn't know that I would use it for anything but photos at the time.

Time passed, and near the end of the month, Thuy found out that a Parkour gym down by the waterfront was starting Lightsaber classes in January. Uhh.. lame or cool? I wasn't sure.

But, I mean, I'd sign up for Vulcan language lessons in a heartbeat, so why not? I signed up with Justin and Thuy. I hardly ever go along with the flow, but I am really glad that I did!

I am now a proud member of Hawaii Saber Academy.

And I am eating my words, and some of my dignity, but it is SO MUCH FUN THAT I DON'T CARE! Omg, I am letting my inner child out, and I could not be having more fun! I really wish that there was a Star Trek equivalent, but Trek is fundamentally about peace and acceptance, so that might not roll over so well.. I don't know. Hmm..

Yeah, anyways, I am eating my words. I love the class so freaking much that I just can't help but practice outside every night, and sometimes during the day. It's mostly just learning poses and sequences right now, but the theatrics? They are so beautiful, and that glowing-light aesthetic is right up my alley! <3 <3 <3

I only brought my phone with me, so the pictures that I took aren't as high-quality as I'd otherwise like, but I might try some long exposures another time. In the meantime, have this, and then look up to see if there are any classes in your area! Click here to read the rest on my blog!
night_owl_9: Adorable - Honey-sweetienight_owl_9 on January 19th, 2016 03:24 am (UTC)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 15th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
It's been super-fun! My instructor (master?) is out of the state right now, so we haven't had saber practice in a long time, but we still get together casually. I miss it!
Destiny ♪yuidirnt on January 19th, 2016 09:02 am (UTC)
It's nice to see you doing so well! Are you living in Hawaii now?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 15th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yep! I'm still blogging on my other blog about it (jamieism.com), though not as often as I'd like.
Deanna: Takidr4b on January 20th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
Which system are you guys doing? The lightsaber classes I took in CA two years ago was from the guy who invented the NCSCS system (http://sabercombat.com/), so we learned 10 basic slash/blocks with added spins/jumps/steps to put together fight sequences.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 15th, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I'm not sure. I know that my sensei is basing it off of some schools in California. He also incorporates parkour sometimes.
Evil_Overlordevil_overlord on January 21st, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
So *totally* cool! Not only am I jealous because you can even afford one [two!] to begin with, but that you have a place to go learn to *use* it!

I stumbled across Ultrasabers, not remembering how at the moment. But gosh, their work is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! I only wish they had some fancier-looking saber staves, because that's probably what I'd go with [not only can you use them as two if you want, the saber staves are pretty cool, and I've thought so since seeing Darth Maul with one in 'Phantom Menace' XD]

....and I'd *love* to have one of those Dark Side T-shirts. xD

Keep having fun!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 15th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
At the time, I had enough extra money to get it, but that's not true anymore, lol. I really want to buy a nice one, but they're like $500 or more. Gotta save!! My orange saber was around $60, though, which isn't really too bad or unaffordable!

I lost my t-shirt, I'm so sad! I wonder what happened to it. But in any case, check WalMart if you have one near you. That's where I bought mine. They often have really cute Star Wars t-shirts for cheap.