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Lightsaber Dueling Was Just Declared an Official Sport in France

Nothing better to do, they must have.

BY NATE ERICKSON | Feb 21, 2019 | Fitness & Health

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Good news for your boyfriend! According to the Associated Press, France, a country with no other pressing issues, has declared lightsaber dueling an official sport. The French Fencing Federation made the decision to formally recognize the legendary Jedi weapon alongside the more traditional foil, épée, and sabre blade, partially in hopes that it will help to combat the sedentary behavior of The Youths, with their Fortnites and CBD and Juul pens. 

"With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don't do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs," Serge Aubailly, the federation's secretary general, told the AP. "It's becoming difficult to [persuade them to] do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one’s thumbs."

He's got a point: Childhood obesity is a serious problem worldwide, especially in America, where rates have more than tripled since the 1970s. Interestingly enough, France is actually a rare example of a country where childhood obesity is trending downward in recent years. Maybe the rest of us could learn a thing or deux.


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Extendable Lightsaber | Amazon.com 

As Obi-Wan Kenobi said, the lightsaber was "the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter—but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary."

Also, this guy:

Well, it's still cooler than Quidditch. Que la Force soit avec toi!

 

From: Esquire US


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