Have you ever watched Star Wars, been completely overawed by the skill and craft of the lightsaber battles, but thought to yourself... it's all well and good, but it's not real-life? It's easy to make them look good on the big screen, right?
Well, brace yourself for this video of two world class fencers battling it out Jedi-style. They've replaced their fencing swords for lightsabers, and the result is absolutely out of this world!
Feel the force... In your face!
The battle between Jedi Knight and Sith Lord took place at the Fencing Senior World Championships in Moscow, and wouldn't look out of place in one of the installments in the franchise. In fact, I reckon the viewing figures for fencing championships would increase massively if they always used lightsabers.
Revenge of the KICK!
Kapow! Take that AIR! Notice the elegance of the over-the-head-kick-and-duck combo. A classic amongst fencing enthusiasts *and one of my personal favorites.
* May or may not be true. By this, I mean definitely not true. Well it could be, but if it is it's a complete coincidence because I know nothing about fencing. Nothing.
Sitting on the fence
If you're thinking these guys look flawlessly realistic, it's perhaps no surprise considering Bob Anderson, who was integral in many battle scenes in the franchise, was an Olympic fencer. In fact, Mark Hammil himself gave Bob credit for many duels. He said:
"[He] was the man who actually did Vader's fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told George [Lucas] I didn't think it was fair any more. Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. It's ridiculous to preserve the myth that it's all done by one man."
In the Emperor Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Anderson staged duels and even donned the Darth Vader outfit for numerous scenes!
You can enjoy the video in all its glory below:
Anyway, enough of real-life. Below are three of the best Star Wars duels...
1. Luke vs. Darth Vader – The Return of the Jedi
2. Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader – A New Hope
3. Luke vs. Darth Vader – The Empire Strikes Back