Star Wars stands talls as one of history’s finest epic movie series with a rabid cult of fans that rivals or even betters that of The Lord of the Rings and Star Trek. Thus it is no surprise that there are fans who have been dying to both own their own light saber as well as learn to duel. Thus comes in The Saber Authority, provider of both light sabers and lessons, I can confidently say that we have been waiting a long time for The Saber Authority. WhatsNext SG went down last Sunday to catch out their adult classes and have a little chat with the founders and instructors of The Saber Authority, Reza and Ming Jie.
The first thing that both Reza and Ming Jie emphasized is that The Saber Authority provides realistic combat fundamentals and is not merely limited to Star Wars in-universe lightsaber techniques. Yes you heard right, ‘limited’ is indeed the right word used, Star Wars combat is extremely limited and even the best Jedi masters (from Obi-wan to Luke Skywalker) stops short in every swing of the light saber. Perhaps if Obi-wan Kenobi had simply swung down his light saber, he would have been able to amputate Vader’s hands and thus live much longer. What The Saber Authority offers is combat fundamentals based on Kali (the Filipino martial arts) with Reza being a certified Kali instructor. What he does is really quite brilliant, he replaces the staff or stick that is often used in Kali with a lightsaber and the end effect is incredible. Watching Ming Jie and Reza duel, is akin to being spectator to an epic lightsaber duel between Jedi masters, the footwork that allows them to move smoothly is there, as is the smooth swing of the saber in combinations that results in a smooth battle without awkward pauses (unlike me when I ‘dueled’ with Ming Jie).
The Saber Authority is also the leading authority in providing light sabers, they are the official distributors of Ultrasabers whose prices range from $390 to $815. These light sabers are really quite amazing, though lacking in the ability to kill, it is even better than the ones in Star Wars. These ones can be customized in so many different ways, and the coolest customization by far has to be being able to record a voice message before turning on the light saber. Reza’s customized voice message is Liam Neeson (he admits he’s a big Liam Neeson fan) saying his most memorable quote, “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you” before the light saber is activated. How freaking cool and epic is that! Beyond that, you can also customize the different colours that your light saber can take on, so you decide which Jedi master you want to be. The light sabers also have epic sound effects that are activated with every swing and upon contact that will be guaranteed to make your duel beyond epic.
The Saber Authority is Reza and Ming Jie’s brainchild, one born in a spontaneous and inspirational moment, a sort of Eureka moment to make Kali more accessible and fun as well as to distribute light sabers. Reza and Ming Jie are true entrepreneurs who saw a certain need and demand for something that though rather niche is brilliant. You slap yourself for not thinking of such a blindingly obvious idea but it is always in hindsight that regret is born. The Saber Authority’s classes are for both adults and kids and in the adult classes, the current students are an amalgamation of different people. One of the most interesting students is a former National fencer with a passion for martial arts (especially those that involved swords), he has learned a whole multitude of sword arts including European medieval knights style. There is a good mix of different people because Reza’s lessons are really for everyone of different background and you can be sure that Reza will be equally enthusiastic and patient with everyone!
More information about the classes and light sabers can be found here! This is really a must try for everyone. May the force be with you.