On March 9th, our friends from the Penguin Saber Academy in Palm Desert, CA, hosted their first annual open tournament! Thirty-two (32) fighters showed up, with 50-60 people attending in total. It was a very well run tournament, and the biggest we’ve seen in Southern California yet! PLUS it was the first officially sponsored event for the Saber Martial Arts Foundation, with over $100 raised through sales of merch and a big raffle! Thank you to everyone who attended, who supported the Penguins, SMA, and the entire lightsaber combat community!
The day after the tournament, Steve sat down with Nick Richardson (The Emperor Penguin), Master Alan Venable (Head of Phoenix Sabers, and winner of the PSA tournament!), his wife, Jill, and Alan’s Padawan, Kenny, to talk about the tournament, the event, the fighters, the brackets, and most importantly – Port Lights! Also, trying to educate Nick about ScotchCon. And..well, too many tangents to count!
- Nick Richardson (Penguin Saber Academy) – http://PenginSaberAcademy.com
- Master Alan Venable (Phoenix Sabers) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhoenixLightSaberAcademy/
- Saber Martial Arts Foundation – https://SaberMartialArts.com
- Brandon @ The Reef in Palm Springs – https://www.thereefpalmsprings.com/
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