There is only one reason to join the Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy, and that is to have fun! Our classes are geared towards nerds of all shapes, sizes and ages who want to learn to fight like the great Jedi masters in a safe and inclusive environment. You will learn an easy to understand and implement stage combat system that will allow you and your friends to create the lightsaber battles you saw in your head when you were 5 years old.
We are a group of passionate volunteers who have created a community of enthusiastic and imaginative people who come together, live out their nerdom and have fun!
One of the most important aspects of being a Jedi is Community Service. To this end, the Sons have a heavy emphasis on charity work and working within the community. We have raised $10 000 to date for charities such as Central Coast Kids In Need, Legacy, Breast Cancer Association, Talkaboutit.org, Gosford Children's Ward and Westmead Children's Hospital.
Saberdyne Sabers, Australia's first war-ready combat saber company, also donates $10 from each saber purchase in a run to a charity. We are currently supporting The Black Dog Institute's fight to combat depression in support of our brothers and sisters in the Force, 501st Southern Cross Garrison.
Working with those that face challenge is one of the main reasons we started the academy. We are working with disability groups as it is hard for them to find activities that can cater for a variety of intellectual and physical challenges. We have Autism specific classes and are currently running welfare programs in a variety of schools teaching life skills and building self esteem (the owner, Luke Boyton, is a NSW Accredited High School Teacher with a background in Behaviour, Learning Support and Welfare).
If you would like to support our community work, feel free to make a donation or buy some merchandise!
The school sabers are provided by Saberdyne Industries, the first proudly Australian designed and manufactured war-ready combat sabers. Utilising a world first air-cooled internal system, Saberdyne Sabers run with a minimal increase in hilt temperature for up to 7 hours of constant use. Their unparalleled durability means that if dropped, thrown or kicked, they keep on ticking..... the show must go on! The hilts are made of T6101 grade aluminium with poly-carbonate blades.
This is not a martial art (even though the combat system is based upon a variety of historical styles including European, Chinese, Japanese and Phillipino), it is essentially learning a choreographed stage fight. It is a safe, non-contact hobby suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
We hope to cross sabers with you soon, and may the force be with you!
The Sons Training Weekend with Kyle Rowling, Fight Coordinator for Star Wars Episodes 2 and 3.