main goal of The Cutting Edge is to bring fencing to youth via
during-school and after-school programs.
"Time reveals truth. And since
distance creates time, it is only with this that you can ever know the
truth." -- Novastar
"Winning isn't a some time
thing--it's an all time thing." -- Vince Lombardi
"Those who fear to try know not
their limits, and thus--know not themselves."
"Parry as late as you dare." -- Bruce Lee
"No different! Same! Only
different in your mind!" -- "Jedi
Master Yoda" "If you are afraid to be
struck, you will be struck. If you are afraid to hit, you will be
hit. If you wait to 'see' the moment to attack, you will be
attacked. You must feel when the door is open, and no more." --Master R. Chu
"When the moment comes--'I' do
not hit. It hits all by itself." -- Bruce Lee
is not enough, we must apply... Willing is not enough, we must do." -- Bruce Lee "Do. Or do not. There is no
'try'..." -- "Jedi Master Yoda"
"The highest art is no art. The best
form is no form." -- Bruce Lee
If you're looking for the Crystal Focus Sound Compendium CDs by "Novastar" (NSCFCDs)... CLICK HERE!
If you're looking for more information on the "NCSCS" Saber Combat Training DVDs or Workshops... CLICK HERE!
The Cutting Edge and this website is being discontinued.
In the future for any requests, lessons, classes, events, demos and more, please visit:
athlete within! The art of the sword
provides exercise for
both body and mind, utilizing a wealth of tactics, tempo change,
passion and conviction. Learn the
lightning quick sport of sabre fencing...
If you enjoyed episodes I & II of Balance of Power... please donate a small amount to show your support!
Balance of Power is entirely funded out-of-pocket,
and makes no profit whatsoever. Even small donations of $1, $5,
and $10 help in a great way. These donations can help pay for
LEDs that go into the saber props, sound & light drivers that run
the sabers, costumes, repairs, setpieces, and rehearsal facilty rent!
III will be delayed until an undetermined time. If you're
interested in working with the BOP team, contact me via e-mail, Y-tube,
To see more videos regarding LED Sabers and events regarding The Cutting Edge, visit:
master and his team of
four travel to a remote location, in search of a dark master, in his
on his own terms.As fate would have it,
they are walking into a trap, as the dark master has forseen their
prepared for all five—their untimely doom.As
events unfold, Jedi face Sith one on one, two on three, and sometimes
five on one.But all clash in the end,
as a physical and mental struggle for balance of power continues…
A jedi master, his
daughter, and his now
well-experienced student execute a mission of stealth, finding their
the enemy ship “The Phoenix”.Attempting to both gather information and to
install a type of
computer-virus inside the ship’s systems, they are discovered by the Phoenix’s
crew.This leads to a series of events
and heroic battles the master and student never expected, as the fate
Phoenix is determined by luck, skill… and a dark master’s guile and
to a jedi
master, a recently promoted master helps to train the young heroes of
tomorrow.The academy is rich with tools
and droids in
order to help promising children to learn.But,
within one student, a darkness haunts the
depths of the child’s soul,
and her teachers grow worried.A dark
jedi pays an uninvited “visit”, claiming diplomacy as a motive.In the final hour, a darkness that is hardly
to be believed awaits this jedi academy.The
fate of many battlers—both good and
evil—are weighed upon the scales
of fortune, as “Balance of Power” reaches its horrifying conclusion!
affliation with Lucasarts, Lucasfilm, LTD. All performances are
unpaid, and/or benefit shows for youth and the community. All
performers are volunteers.
Below are some images of the working prop sabres, along with design
These will give you an idea of how involved designing a "combat ready"
sabre can be.
Months of preparation, design, repair, construction and work were
needed, and our main designer (Joe Muniz of corbinscomponents.com) had
no easy task.
Two of the lightsabers created for my project were direct conversions
of the Master Replicas Force FX sabers, altered by myself to be Luxeon
sabers. They were very basic, but went together quickly and
without much strife. My "padawan" in the Balance of Power piece
and friend Phillip Raupach (Cael Nordiun)
greatly assisted in the creation of these sabers, along with my fencing
student, Nitin Egbert.
Further, many repairs have been needed as the lightsabres have run into
problems! Mainly, Phil and myself took on the charge of
adjusting, repairing, altering and tweaking
problematic issues with each sabre! It has been a learning
experience for certain!
The Cutting Edge is now offering quality
sabre fencing gear at rock-bottom prices!!
Standard Fencing Jacket -- $50
Standard Fencing Glove -- $15
Electric Sabre -- $60
Sabre Mask -- $75
Sabre Jacket -- $90
Sabre Overglove -- $25
Mask / Lead Clip -- $8
Cord -- $10
Students who purchase
their own complete electrical set will have consistent use of the reels
and lighted scoring equipment during bouting. Elecrical gear is
required to participate in any USFA sanctioned tournament, along with
knickers, long socks and appropriate footwear.
Other items: Extra Sabre Blade -- $12, Rolling
Equipment Bag -- $90
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who participate in programs designed by The Cutting Edge will learn
the three weapons and their corresponding target areas, footwork and
body positions, timing and athletics, equipment
on drills together, participate in fencing actions and precise
footwork--all the while getting a great workout... and sabre fence in
to browse this site--using the links to the left--and learn more about
whether you are a student, parent, or school program leader. One
of my main goals as an instructor is to broaden this sport's horizons,
and create fencing programs in schools that do not have
them. Fencing is a beautiful sport, and our youth deserve a
chance to learn about it early on during their thirst for education in
all walks of life!
Thanks to coaches,
parents, students, schools, masters, teachers, and communities that are
adamant about the arts--the sword's edge will never dull, nor will the
fire of the forge in which it was born ever be extinguished!
in the United States is at afactual
low! What will you do about
it right now in order to ensure you and your family stays healthy--for
(Center for Disease Control & Prevention) displays
a fact sheet that is unnerving about the leading causes of death in
the United States today. Lack of physical activity is 2nd on the
list and accounts for a gigantic 15 to 16% of all deaths. It is
my opinion that youth should build good exercise habits early on!
If you are an adult--it is never too late to begin taking care of one
of your most important sources of power... your physical BODY!