The big distinction here is that the tip of the lightsaber has to cross behind you before you strike your opponent. Beyond that, you duel inside a circle with the sabers. Hitting your opponent in the head or body is worth five points; arms and legs are worth three points; and the hands are worth one point.
First to 15, or the highest scorer after the 3-minute round has ended, wins. But, if both have 10 points when the match ends, sudden death is invoked, and the first to land a head- or body-shot wins.
“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 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. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”
You can also express yourself through lightsaber color -- by which we mean, of course, pick red. The Jedi, after all, are a bunch of nerds.
h/t Associated Press