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  1. I am not qualified to answer, so take this with a massive grain of salt. I would guess that staged combat requires mainly endurance and core strength. You're not actually hitting people, so you don't need powerful blows, but core strength to stop the blade short of actually hitting your target would be good. And endurance to be able to repeat a scene several times back-to-back.
  2. Sounds good. Thanks for the thoughts!! So I looked them up, and the Stronglifts 5x5 thing seems simple enough for a noob like me to do.
  3. So I found this pic online about the 5/3/1 thing, and I've heard it mentioned here on NF a few times. But it doesn't really make sense to me yet. Can someone please dumb it down to laymans terms for me? Thanks!!
  4. Yea if you're just training with it and not sparring, you should have a winner. PVC is definitely easier to customize too. Just didn't want you to go to the trouble of making one then have it break during your first couple matches.
  5. Great! Glad to see another Force-user join the party! Might I make 2 recommendations: 1) check out the Terra Prime Lightsaber Academy, or any one of several others around the world (including this thread), for some really good training material; and 2) don't use PVC for a combat-ready saber! It'll break. If all you want is something to swing around and look cool, PVC is great, but I've yet to see a PVC saber stand up to the abuse full-on sparring can dish out. Though admittedly I am still relatively new to all this.
  6. Well, I just read the Real-Life Role Playing post (I'm behind the times, I know), and I definitely identify with the Monk the most. I'm tall and lanky (6'4" ~180 pounds), and I've been training sword-based combat with TPLA for about a year now. So the martial aspect definitely appeals to me. I've been going to the gym to weight train for about 2 months now, and I try to do ~15 minutes of saber work each time, and extra (1-2 hours) on weekends. My weights have been increasing fairly steadily, and I'm getting better, but I know it'd help to have people of similar thought processes to bounce ideas and video off of as well. Is there any super-secret initiation or something? I've been assigned Ataru Form by the TPLA Masters for the time being, so I'm focusing on that for now. Thanks!
  7. Depends on who you ask. I've always heard that Jar'kai is the dual-wield subform for sabers. Same thing for staff as well. But really it's however you want at this point. There's no A-canon rules set in stone yet that I know of.
  8. I know. I was at work and couldn't look them up properly. Damn filters filter almost everything out.
  9. One of the trainers I've been listening to for about a year is a major proponent of KB's. I'll do my best to describe the things he does with them. They're all definitely harder than they sound. And yes I'm making up the names since I'm at work and can't look it up properly. KB Swings: Hold a KB (roughly 30 lb-ish) in both hands with feet shoulder width apart and for 30-60 seconds swing the KB from between your legs to above your head (or even with your head if above is too difficult). Concentrate on keeping the back straight and squatting on the downward swing. KB pickup: Put the KB on the floor near the toe of one foot and, while keeping the whole body straight and your opposite foot (the one not by the KB) pointed at the ground, bend at the hip and pick up the KB. Bending the knee is ok, but keep the body straight. Pick up the KB and return to standing, then put it back down the same way. Do for both sides. Turkish Get-ups. This one is a real name of the exercise. Look 'em up. Good stuff, but takes a bit of space if you're tall.
  10. I'd be interested in the answer to this as well. I've had a similar issue with my knees hurting quite a bit after lunges.
  11. So this morning I was doing my normal workout and part of that is lunges. Nothing different than normal, and I wasn't even using any extra weight. About halfway through my left knee started getting a sharp pain when I was down. Normal standing didn't hurt at all, but the lunge part. I was able to finish my sets, and tried to do some squats but couldn't get more than 2-3 squats before it was unbearable. I haven't changed a damn thing. Any idea why this would happen?
  12. Oramac

    1000 kata

    That's 34 times per day. Maybe it's my noobishness, but that sounds like a lot. Definitely it'd be a great way to drill the movements, assuming you did them correctly all 1000 times. I've had more than a few people tell me "Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent", then they went on to explain that training something wrong can be worse than not training it at all. I think for someone with some experience, this could be great. For me at my level, I'm thinking I should pass.
  13. For whatever reason, Youtube is working at work right now! So I can post these for ya. Please keep in mind I'm still very new to all of this, and I literally just started Ataru about a week ago.
  14. This is great!! I've been involved with the TPLA for almost a year now, but it's so awesome to see other people getting the Lightsaber training going too! I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with.
  15. Hey! I'm in StL too. I go to Finney's on Watson.
  16. Absolutely! I'm at work right now so can't see Youtube, but when I get home I'll post a couple. Thank you! That's pretty sweet to have a lightsaber heirloom!
  17. Hey all! Just want to say hi and all. I'm relatively new to weight training, though I did do some back in high school. But that was 10 years ago! I don't remember any of that. In any case, I joined a gym about 3 weeks ago, before finding NF. Thankfully, the gym I joined does have quite a large free-weight section. But the main reason I joined (among others) was for their Jiu-Jitsu Room. Basically I needed a room with a high ceiling to swing my lightsaber! Yep. I'm a nerd, obviously. I own 6 lightsabers, none of which are movie accurate. All of them are combat-ready though, and I've been training long-distance with the Terra Prime Lightsaber Academy for a while as well. Currently I'm studying the Ataru lightsaber form. Anyhow, my weight training goals are simply to get stronger, and meet people. I don't really give a damn about "getting big" or "being ripped". I've been improving slowly but surely, and have been writing down my workouts, except for the first 2 or 3. Anything I forgot? Just ask! Otherwise, I look forward to getting as much as I can from this community, and giving back when I'm in a better position to offer advice.
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