The Saber Legion's Annual, International, Full Contact, Heavy Dueling, Custom Saber Tournament; It is with great pride and not a small amount of excitement we bring to you TSL III! The Saber Legion's Annual, International, Full Contact, Heavy Dueling Custom Saber Tournament is being hosted by the world-renowned event Combat Con
Please join The Saber Legion and Combat Con in 2018 as we join forces to bring you TSL III, HEMA tournaments, martial instruction, weapons classes and practicums, vendor areas, panels, exhibitions, entertainment and afterparties. As an organization and community this gives us the opportunity to expand our member base, show the community we take what we do very seriously and share our mutual love of weapons based competition. TSL III will feature our 3 main tournaments as in past years. Our Exotic Saber bracket will feature standard sabers, cross guard sabers, saber pikes and dual wielding members. Our Main event will be the Standard Saber bracket featuring a single saber. This is by far our most popular bracket. Finally, we will have our Consolation Standard Saber bracket giving our fighter's additional ring time and allowing us to compete with our fellow members and build the comradery of our community.
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How in the world have found ourselves at such an amazing opportunity?
When TSL was founded in 2015 we had vision, drive, focus, determination and our custom sabers. We knew in our hearts there was a place for an organization like ours and we knew there had to be others out there who shared our love of the fandom, of the action and of the Saber. In our first 3 – 6 months we saw a growth big enough to warrant the organization of the world's first national, full contact, heavy dueling custom saber tournament. We took the risk and hosted TSL I and were rewarded with a great event where we could learn so much about what the community wanted and where it could lead in the future.
In Year two TSL added definitively to our organization, the most important asset, our membership. We could now show that we can retain members and continue to grow the organization by sticking to our mission statement and focusing on building this community around the custom saber. We began organizing TSL II and soon added the vision of hosting SABERCON to showcase and support the saber smiths, the cosplayers, the stage fighters and as much of our membership pool as we could manage. There were many bumps in the road as we learned what it takes to organize a convention, as well as a tournament, and were ultimately rewarded with another amazing event. The growth of TSL during our second year was nothing short of monumental and we began to attract the attention of communities outside of TSL. The Saber Legion leadership and many TSL charters began to be interviewed, featured in videos, invited to podcasts and were included in television news segments and sport channel highlights. As a direct result of our incredible members, the hard work of our volunteer staff and TSL's unwavering leadership we begin year three with so much momentum that we already have our first (of many) incredible announcements!
As most of our members know, by keeping our rules simple and focusing on the safety and fun of the saber duel, TSL has attracted members from a multitude of "real world" martial arts and provides a chance for our members to compete with weapons practitioners from many different systems and varying skill levels. It is through our member's ability to showcase the validity of our rule set and the comradery of our community (not to mention their real-world friendships and contacts) that we have attracted the attention of another amazing organization, CombatCon!
For those of you whom are not familiar with Combat Con please visit their website (www.combatcon.com) and look around to see more of what they are about. Taken directly from their website they are a "Celebration of martial arts in popular culture". They began as a way to showcase WMA and HEMA to the world and have expanded over the years to include stunt coordinators, writers, tournaments, classes, workshops, panels, shows, after parties etc. to showcase to the world the quality and diverse systems that influence the pop culture view of martial arts in today's sport, martial and entertainment genres. After seeing what we have become and discovering the goals of our organization, TSL and CombatCon have come to the agreement that we are a perfect fit! What is more pop culture that the iconic weapon form everyone's favorite Sci Fi movies! And thanks to our members we have proven that what we do has as much validity as any other "tournament based weapons sport" system currently out there. It is with incredible excitement and overwhelming enthusiasm we can announce that CombatCon is hosting TSL III, August 2nd – 5th 2018, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada!
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