SAN FRANCISCO—LudoSport, a competitive lightsaber training academy is opening up its first studio in San Francisco. LudoSport was founded 10 years ago and has schools all over the world including Italy, England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Russia. San Francisco is also the headquarters of Lucasfilms.

The founders applied their knowledge of martial arts and sword-plays to iconic weapons from the “Star Wars” franchise. Students receive certain uniforms that line up with their skill level. The lightsaber academy also teaches the seven lightsaber techniques: Shii-cho, Makashi, Soresu, Ataru, Djem-so, Niman. and Vaapad.

According to Chron, players are rated on experience, fighting skills and technical quality. Points are earned by attending classes and meeting up with fellow light saber athletes in the LudoSport network for actual duels. The results must be deposited online after every battle. Class began on October 15 at Studiomix on Van Ness Avenue, with the class being sold out.

LudoSport added an extra date for the Lightsaber Combat Class. The next class will be held on Saturday, October 22. The class runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the event cost $50. Tickets are available at To attend the class, attendees must be at least 16 years old, and the class will last for 2 hours.

LamaDiLuce Lightsabers will be available for use at the class. Participants will learn and practice Form I (Shii-Cho) sport techniques. LudoSport recommends participants to wear comfortable clothing and protective gloves and groin protection. Attendees should check in 20 minuets before the session starts.

Studiomix is located on 1000 Van Ness Avenue. For additional information email or call (415) 910-5545.