SaberCombat - Unleash The Force Within!
Well hello there! I'm Matthew "Novastar" Carauddo, a licensed fencing instructor, and creator of SaberCombat.Com. Since 2005/2006, I have been involved in the "saber community" regarding putting together live shows... creating combat-worthy saber props... filming & editing of instructional DVDs... teaching classes... creating dozens of custom "saber sound" packages/fonts... and sharing my experience and innovative work with the world!
Sadly... as this work has a very "niche" customer base--the financial hits have been extremely difficult to endure, as... a fencing instructor rarely makes much money on his own...
I'm seeking to raise money in order to continue to fund my dreams with my saber combat & fencing businesses:
* To build more Saber Combat classes in the CA Bay Area - for both youth and adults!
* To afford more saber props and costume items for usage at events and during classes
* To afford being able to attend more and more conventions, in order to spread the word about my classes, instruction, skills and videos
* To fund more special performances & events, such as the "ESB - Luke vs. Vader" project I have been re-creating for *LIVE* performance
I need YOUR help! Without the community that I both appreciate and have worked to serve for almost 10 years now... I'll not be able to continue sharing my innovative work, and to fulfill my dream goals...
So... HELP ME OBI-WAN-COMMUNITY... you're my only hope!
I know it's been a great while since I've posted, but... Xandra and I have been working on a project for quite some time, and... NOW WE'VE UNLEASHED HER WONDERFUL POTENTIAL! :)
Introducing my new student and partner, Xandra... and, the short story is, I'm EXTREMELY proud of her amazing work learning about saber combat, and applying her performance knowledge!
VIEW THE FULL SHOW BELOW!
We still need your help, and we're grateful for the past donations!
PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!
Another great update... A NEW SOUND FONT! :)
Took me some time to get all the time needed to complete this sound font, along with pairing up with someone from the saber community (Scott Krivi) and get some goofy + fun video, but...
I present to you, the new "THE GRAFLEX AWAKENS" sound font!
Fantastic for most any custom saber, especially ones with good resonance and a very "bass"-like speaker...
Just another update regarding some events coming up that YOU have helped to provide the ability for SaberCombat to accomplish!
* Carnival of the Stars (7.31) DV v OWK, coming up!
* Youth Outreach Event (8.1) DV v OWK, coming up!
* Candy Store Appearance (8.7) Kylo & Rey for photos with kids!
These are tough to explain, but... all are being fueled by your donations to keep gear up and running... sabers charged... replace batteries... fix broken gear... and sometimes, purchase a few new materials to augment/add to costumes!
I'll be starting a new training regime soon too, so... LOTS ON THE PROVERBIAL PLATE OF WORK!
Thank you again, MTFBWY,
Among other costumes and performance work, I'm continuing to go down the proverbial rabbit hole of portraying "Kylo Ren"...
The vocal changer I've wired up (basically, a $15 toy hacked/re-done) has been extremely helpful in adding a level of immersion to things... and additionally, the help I've received with upgrading the "Solo Killer" saber I designed and built has been great, too!
Feel free to visit my Youtube channel for more updates, videos, events and more! There are plenty to come, and... every little bit of help toward my goal MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
As much as I would love to contribute, money can not be tighter for my family right now. I can only offer to support you by spreading the word as much as possible, and I will also be plugging your class on our podcast (The Geeks Amok Podcast) for the next few episodes. Hopefully that will raise awareness and help you in the long run. Sorry I could not do more for you! MTFBWY!!!