In the month of February, we celebrate Endor Temple’s Local Costume Consular, Mike James! Mike also dedicates his time as one of Saber Guild’s Global Constume Consular. Mike has been a member of Saber Guild since June 2015.
Tell us why you joined Saber Guild? I was a huge Star Wars fan who was looking for a group that was training with Lightsabers. Coming from a martial arts background, it seemed to be a fun way to integrate my fandom with a workout. What finally sold me on joining was the service aspect, using fandom to raise money and entertain children.
What is your favorite thing about performing lightsaber choreography? I enjoy the audience reaction, obviously. I also enjoy the satisfaction of putting on a good performance, and really enjoy interacting with the children at our various events.
Do you have any words of wisdom for potential members? The same advice that I always give to our new applicants for Endor Temple: Build or acquire a simple costume first. Get your foot in the door with Saber Guild with something easy, a generic Jedi or Sith. This allows you to perform and take all the time you need to build a costume that is as intricate as you wish, while still allowing you to participate. Also, keep an open mind. Saber Guild members come from a variety of backgrounds and everyone brings something interesting and special to the table. I’ve been with this group for 2 ½ years and I still learn something new every time I am around these wonderful people.
What are some of your fondest Saber Guild memories? The night we officially became our own temple from an “outpost” was an especially fond memory, since I was with a bunch of our founding members when we got the word. Also, my first appearance with Saber Guild was amazing. I remember being insanely nervous over what I now consider a “routine” library troop.. Finally, the first time I performed a fight with my friend Andrew Popeil (SG-099). There is one strike in the fight that always grabs a gasp from the crowd. Hearing that for the first time was incredible. Attending Celebrations with members from all over the world was awesome. I made a lot of great friends that weekend in Florida. To be honest, after 2 ½ years with the group, I have made so many wonderful friendships that I couldn’t imagine NOT having this incredible extended family around me.