Lightsaber spinning is the practice of maneuvering a lightsaber around in circles, curves, figure eights, etc. Spinning can follow a choreographed sequence or a flowing, freestyle format. Either way, lightsaber spinning can look very cool, especially in the dark.
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Lightsaber spinning is sort of a hobby within the hobby. Some people collect lightsabers, some people duel with lightsabers, some people spin lightsabers and, of course, many people do all three!
Some lightsabers are more spin-friendly than others. Lightsaber hilts that use choke points are easier to spin than ones without. Also, lightsabers that are lighter weight and smaller in diameter are easier to spin. Protruding features like activation boxes can also hinder spinning or lightsaber dueling in general.
The most famous lightsaber spinning in the Star Wars movies occurs during the climactic lightsaber duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. During the duel, both characters simultaneously spin their lightsabers around briefly before returning to striking and parrying.
Many lightsaber enthusiasts have become skilled in lightsaber spinning. YouTube user Darth Cephalus is a pretty prominent lightsaber spinner. YouTube has a bunch of lightsaber spinning tutorials from Darth Cephalus and others.
Lightsaber spinning has several benefits: it’s great exercise, hones balance and coordination, and it’s a lot of fun, too. Plus, even some of the more basic spins look pretty darn cool in the dark!