About Empire Temple

About Saber Guild: Empire Temple

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Our mission is to share our love of Star Wars with people of all ages and to follow the Jedi path of spreading hope and good will wherever we go. We aim to bring a little bit of wonder and transport our audiences to a galaxy far, far away…

Saber Guild is a non-profit, all-volunteer, international organization that specializes in lightsaber stage choreography, education, and community events. Saber Guild temples can be found in Europe, Asia, and across the US. Empire Temple is the New York chapter of Saber Guild.

We may seem like your typical dress up fan group, but that is not the case. Here’s what truly sets us apart:

 


Charity Based:

As defenders of the galaxy, our main focus is to raise awareness and money to support causes important to our group. To date, we have raised thousands of dollars for both national and local charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St.Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, and the American Cancer Society.

Jedi/Sith Focused:

Unlike our fellow Lucasfilm charity based groups, Saber Guild is made up of authentic Jedi and Sith warriors. Our members must meet strict screen quality costume regulations and are armed with combat ready lightsabers which we wield as the only performance based fan group affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd.

Experts in the Force:

Not only are we actor combatants and costumers who love bringing our Star Wars fandom to life, but we are also extremely adept in telling stories about the Force and improvising with our youngest fans about the lessons we can learn from both sides that wield it. From the ancient teachings, combat forms, and classic Star Wars character archetypes, we’re a font of knowledge and a source of entertainment regarding the legends of Jedi and Sith throughout the galaxy.

EMPIRE SABER GUILD STAFF

Local Director: Rubin Polizzi
Asst. Local Director: Amy Chrzanowski
Local Stage Director: Rodney Clarke
Fight Director: Tyler Welsek
Membership Director: Paul Sposato
Temple Librarian: Michele Montanez
Local Costume Counselor: Anne Richmond

SaberGuildHistory of Saber Guild

Saber Guild was started by Rob Estrada, member of Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion, Star Wars costuming clubs. Those clubs, by charter, were not allowed to partake in lightsaber choreographed entertainment, so Rob took it upon himself to make his own costuming club, which would focus on that. There were already some lightsaber clubs out there doing shows, but none of them at the time were LFL recognized, so he decided to figure out a way to make that happen. He enlisted a couple of his 501st and RL friends to put on a simple choreographed lightsaber show to do for charity events, and after gaining the trust of LFL Saber Guild was granted recognition to bear the Star Wars moniker, and become brand ambassadors.


New York, Star Wars JediHistory of Empire Saber Guild

Empire Saber Guild (ESG) is the New York chapter of Saber Guild, and was founded by Matthew Procaccini and Adrienne Lombardo in 2013.  ESG started off with only three members and one rehearsal a month. Since its inception ESG has grown into a group with an ever growing cast of Star Wars enthusiasts and weekly rehearsals. We have performed in various events all over the NY area, including comic conventions, baseball games, private parties / weddings and even children’s hospitals. Empire Temple’s emphasis on charity has created a culture of giving and community service that our members take pride in.

For More information on other Saber Guild temples around the U.S please visit www.SaberGuild.com

Upcoming Events

NYC - Central Park Meetup

NYC - Central Park Meetup

Jun 28, 7:00pm - Jun 28, 9:00pm

Central Park
5 Av To Central Park W, 59 St To 110 St
Manhattan, NY  10022 Map

Come swing sabers with us.

Westchester - Sticky Blades

Westchester - "Sticky Blades"

Jun 30, 7:45pm - Jun 30, 9:00pm

Central Park Dance
450 Central Park Ave
Scarsdale, NY  10583 Map

This week at Saber Guild: Empire Temple's Naboo Outpost we will be looking at a technique we like to call “Sticky Blades!”

We will begin the class with some simple warm-ups, followed by practice of this week’s technique and then open choreography with time to share your fights with the rest of the group.

While attendance is free, we ask that all participants make a donation of $3-$5 to help pay for the rehearsal space.

More Questions? Contact US:
Web - EmpireSaberGuild.com
Facebook - Facebook.com/EmpireSaberGuild
Twitter / Instagram - @NYSaberGuild

FAQ:
I Have Never Done This Before–Is That OK?
It does not matter if you are new to lightsabers or have been rehearsing for years. Come to a class, have a great time and work up a sweat.

What Do I Need to Bring?
You need to bring the most important thing–YOU! It’s also a good idea to bring workout clothes (sweatpants and a T-shirt are just perfect) and comfortable shoes. You don’t need a lightsaber to start off–there are always extra to go around. However, if you plan on coming frequently we can help you find one that is just right for you. IMPORTANT: No toy lightsabers - combat sabers only. These things are cool and look great but they will break once you get going.

ABOUT SABER GUILD: EMPIRE TEMPLE

Saber Guild: Empire Temple is the New York City temple of Saber Guild: a Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. We are a not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events focusing specifically in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, Yonkers, and Westchester - and larger events around the world such as Star Wars Celebration.

We are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers who volunteer our time to share our love of Star Wars with the community. Our focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.

We always welcome new members to train in the ways of the Force. We hold weekly rehearsals and master sessions with guest instructors in stage combat, performance, martial arts and acting.
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NYC Light Saber Class

NYC Light Saber Class

Jun 30, 8:00pm - Jun 30, 10:00pm

Chelsea Recreation Center
430 W 25th Street
New York, NY  10001 Map

This week for the 1st half of class Brian Wetiz will demonstrate Unarmed vs. Saber choreography. The 2nd half will be dedicated to Cyclones Event preparation (including script run through).


More Questions? Contact US:
Web - EmpireSaberGuild.com
Facebook - Facebook.com/EmpireSaberGuild
Twitter / Instagram - @NYSaberGuild

FAQ:
I Have Never Done This Before–Is That OK?
It does not matter if you are new to lightsabers or have been rehearsing for years. Come to a class, have a great time and work up a sweat.

What Do I Need to Bring?
You need to bring the most important thing–YOU! It’s also a good idea to bring workout clothes (sweatpants and a T-shirt are just perfect) and comfortable shoes. You don’t need a lightsaber to start off–there are always extra to go around. However, if you plan on coming frequently we can help you find one that is just right for you. IMPORTANT: No toy lightsabers - combat sabers only. These things are cool and look great but they will break once you get going.

ABOUT SABER GUILD: EMPIRE TEMPLE

Saber Guild: Empire Temple is the New York City temple of Saber Guild: a Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. We are a not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events focusing specifically in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, Yonkers, and Westchester - and larger events around the world such as Star Wars Celebration.

We are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers who volunteer our time to share our love of Star Wars with the community. Our focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.

We always welcome new members to train in the ways of the Force. We hold weekly rehearsals and master sessions with guest instructors in stage combat, performance, martial arts and acting
... See MoreSee Less

NYC Light Saber Class and Cyclones Prep

NYC Light Saber Class and Cyclones Prep

Jul 7, 8:00pm - Jul 7, 10:00pm

Chelsea Recreation Center
430 W 25th Street
New York, NY  10001 Map

Class: TBD

Will include prep for Cyclones


More Questions? Contact US:
Web - EmpireSaberGuild.com
Facebook - Facebook.com/EmpireSaberGuild
Twitter / Instagram - @NYSaberGuild

FAQ:
I Have Never Done This Before–Is That OK?
It does not matter if you are new to lightsabers or have been rehearsing for years. Come to a class, have a great time and work up a sweat.

What Do I Need to Bring?
You need to bring the most important thing–YOU! It’s also a good idea to bring workout clothes (sweatpants and a T-shirt are just perfect) and comfortable shoes. You don’t need a lightsaber to start off–there are always extra to go around. However, if you plan on coming frequently we can help you find one that is just right for you. IMPORTANT: No toy lightsabers - combat sabers only. These things are cool and look great but they will break once you get going.

ABOUT SABER GUILD: EMPIRE TEMPLE

Saber Guild: Empire Temple is the New York City temple of Saber Guild: a Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. We are a not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events focusing specifically in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, Yonkers, and Westchester - and larger events around the world such as Star Wars Celebration.

We are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers who volunteer our time to share our love of Star Wars with the community. Our focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.

We always welcome new members to train in the ways of the Force. We hold weekly rehearsals and master sessions with guest instructors in stage combat, performance, martial arts and acting
... See MoreSee Less

NYC Light Saber Class and Cyclones Prep

NYC Light Saber Class and Cyclones Prep

Jul 14, 8:00pm - Jul 14, 10:00pm

Chelsea Recreation Center
430 W 25th Street
New York, NY  10001 Map

Class TBD and Cyclones Prep!
For those going to Cyclones, the draft of the fight list will be presented this day!

More Questions? Contact US:
Web - EmpireSaberGuild.com
Facebook - Facebook.com/EmpireSaberGuild
Twitter / Instagram - @NYSaberGuild

FAQ:
I Have Never Done This Before–Is That OK?
It does not matter if you are new to lightsabers or have been rehearsing for years. Come to a class, have a great time and work up a sweat.

What Do I Need to Bring?
You need to bring the most important thing–YOU! It’s also a good idea to bring workout clothes (sweatpants and a T-shirt are just perfect) and comfortable shoes. You don’t need a lightsaber to start off–there are always extra to go around. However, if you plan on coming frequently we can help you find one that is just right for you. IMPORTANT: No toy lightsabers - combat sabers only. These things are cool and look great but they will break once you get going.

ABOUT SABER GUILD: EMPIRE TEMPLE

Saber Guild: Empire Temple is the New York City temple of Saber Guild: a Lucasfilm Ltd. recognized international Star Wars lightsaber performance and costuming organization. We are a not-for-profit fan group who performs at fan conventions, charity events, sporting events and official Star Wars events focusing specifically in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, Yonkers, and Westchester - and larger events around the world such as Star Wars Celebration.

We are choreographers, dancers, actors, artists, costumers, filmmakers and photographers who volunteer our time to share our love of Star Wars with the community. Our focus is on lightsaber performance for stage and film.

We always welcome new members to train in the ways of the Force. We hold weekly rehearsals and master sessions with guest instructors in stage combat, performance, martial arts and acting
... See MoreSee Less

Join Saber Guild Today!

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Posted by Saber Guild: Empire Temple on Monday, August 10, 2015

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