Ever since George Lucas introduced us to a new way of lightsaber fighting with the prequels, nerds from all over the world have been practicing their skills with these flashy sci-fi swords. Some people actually take lightsaber fighting pretty seriously, and apparently, it\u2019s now an officially recognized competitive sport in France.\r\n\r\nTalking to the Associated Press, the secretary general of the Fencing Federation of France Serge Aubailly explained that they approved lightsaber fighting as a way to get more young people engaged in the sport. Aubailly said:\r\n\r\n\u201cWith young people today, it\u2019s a real public health issue. They don\u2019t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs\u2026 It\u2019s becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one\u2019s thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe organization is said to get a lot of inspiration from \u2018cape and sword\u2019 movies, so it was only natural they that would draw influence from one of the biggest swordfighting franchises of all time: Star Wars. Since the sport is still kind of niche, we should expect lightsaber fighting to end up in the next Olympics though.\r\n\r\nWe don\u2019t know what the future holds for lightsaber fighting in the future, but I\u2019m sure a lot of die hard fans who love the art of it are happy they\u2019re getting officially recognized.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=bh8ZdrK3qOo\r\n\r\nCatch Star Wars Episode IX in theaters Dec. 20.