Firstly, Our Goal…
The goal of SaberCombat.com is to promote awesome, convincing, professional-looking LED saber combat for individuals and groups of all kinds, throughout the world. We want to help anyone and everyone learn the basics of martial arts, saber fencing, performing, and how these are the very foundations of staged combat and sparring alike.
The NCSCS DVDs (Novastar and Caine’s Saber Combat System) are the basis of our site, but in the near future, downloadable content will be provided in the form of bonus videos, tutorials, documents, and all sorts of content & tools to help you with your staged combat / saber combat needs!
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Co-Founder of SaberCombat.Com & NCSCS, and co-founder of Golden Gate Knights, Matthew “Novastar” Carauddo brings over 15 years of experience in fencing, staged combat and martial arts (Wing Chun Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Tricking). Matthew is a licensed fencing instructor, approved and examined by the Francais Federation D’Escrime (FFE). He has taught hundreds of group fencing classes and one-on-one lessons behind the mask throughout the California bay area at schools, academies of fencing, summer camps, and parks & recreational facilities.
Learn more about Matthew’s Saber Fencing work at his fencing business site: The Cutting Edge
Additionally, Novastar trains in the martial arts sport of “Tricking”. Often seen with Team LoopKicks in the San Jose/Palo Alto, CA bay area–he trains hard to spin, flip, twist, and kick to both stay in shape… and to apply the moves to staged combat.
Here are some examples of what Novastar’s “Tricking” combos look like:
Staged combat experience ranges from choreographing classic plays such as “Twelfth Night” and “Romeo & Juliet”, to children’s performances of “Peter Pan”, “The Three Muskateers”, and quite naturally… L.E.D. light saber combat!
In 2006, Novastar launched “Balance of Power”, a series of 100% live staged combat shows, complete with music, vocals, story, character, and of course–saber combat. Visit “greytale” on Youtube to see more of Novastar’s “Balance of Power” performances, along with many other videos regarding sabers and martial arts: http://www.youtube.com/greytale
Finally, Novastar is also considered one of the primary pioneers of the “sound font” (2006/2007), which is basically a collection of “swing” and “clash” motion effects meant for custom sound/light driver boards for LED saber props. Originally designed for Erv Plecter’s “Crystal Focus” board, Novastar’s original & unique sound fonts continue to be the inspiration for amazing sound design in the saber community today.
Learn more about sound fonts at: http://www.saberfont.com
Co-founder of SaberCombat.Com and NCSCS, Mark Preader (Caine) has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. He currently holds a 6th degree black belt in the Ernie Reyes’ World Martial Arts Association system, a dynamic blend of Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai Kickboxing, American Boxing, Filipino Eskrima (stick & blade art), Brazilian Ju-Jitsu (ground defense & grappling) and MMA fighting techniques. In addition, he has training in several of the Japanese Kubudo weapons (Nunchaku, Bo Staff, Sai, Kama) and was a National Sparring and Forms competitor in the late 90′s to 2000 (National Sparring Silver medalist and California State Forms Champion). He has been teaching martial arts since 1994 and owns a school on California’s central coast.
Learn more about Mark’s Martial Arts school at his business site: West Coast Hollister Martial Arts
Caine first became known in the LED saber community through his YouTube tutorials, which combined LED sabers with martial arts. Mark was the first to complete the “7 Forms of Saber Combat” in actual tutorials, based on the N.Y. Jedi’s original “Shii-Cho” and “Soresu” interpretations (credits to General Sun/Damon Honeycutt and Ebon Wing for these), and represented the 5 remaining forms. This, combined with his martial arts experience helped him to become one of the most well-known saber combat authorities in the hobby.
Caine’s overall goal is to not only teach people safe saberplay, but to also get people interested in real martial arts training thru LED Sabers. “If only one person joins a martial arts school because of my work, then I have done my job.” he has said.