Who we are
Terra Prime is a group of professional martial arts instructors, coaches and scholars who are working together to develop weapon based sports and activities. We are a not-for-profit company and dedicated to establishing the sport of LED saber as a unifying sport where people from many martial arts and combat sports may compete, train, practice and play together. Terra Prime is continuing to develop a modern and effective system of training and learning progressions that can be utilized by virtually anyone, regardless of experience, with the goal of cultivating skills and technical abilities in the sport.
Read: TPLA a History
Wether you are martial arts teach looking for a fun way to train young and old alike, a stage performer trying to expand their stage combat repertoire, or a LED saber athlete competing in one of the many dueling organizations around the world, TPLA has something for you. Our experience in traditional martial arts, performance and theatre, and Athletics and sport science are all brought to bear on our material, training, and certifications. This diverse group of perspectives is what makes TPLA what it is. And we welcome everyone to benefit from it as well.
We at TPLA are dedicated to serving the growing saber community by providing educational material, developing training methods and best practices for sport, and bringing practitioners from all corners together to enjoy and raise the level of the activity of sabering.
It is impossible to tell how many individuals are currently using TPLA’s instructional material, but our formal network includes multiple academies in Michigan, New York, Florida and throughout France. We have recently entered a strategic partnership with the French Fencing Federation (FFE). This will allow TPLA to formally promote their new competition ruleset in the United States.
Darth Nonymous: President/Headmaster/ Co-founder
Chad Eisner is the Co-Founder and main creative force behind TPLA. Using his background in traditional Chinese martial arts, modern athletics, and athletic training and conditioning, he created the system of lightsaber based on the principles shared by all weapon combat and sports. He is a disciple student of Ma Yue in Ma Family Tongbei kung fu. He is the son of Michigan Tennis Coach Brian Eisner and has spent a life time in and around college athletics. He worked as a certified Post Rehabilitation trainer, social worker, and interpreter (American Sign Language and English).
Vor Nach, (Matthew Fulton) has been a student of the martial arts, including gung-fu, aikido and taiji, for much of his life.
Most recently he has practiced historic European weapons arts, principally from the German traditions. In the interest of exploring similarities with Asian weapons arts this study led to collaboration with Chad in the development of Sword Lab ini 2010 and then the founding of TPLA in 2012.
Outside of martial pursuits Matthew is a clinical social worker with a psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor, MI.
Darth Telos (Sifu Anthony Iglesias) began his Martial Arts training in 1979 under the guidance of his older brother who was learning the Ishin Ryu style of Karate, Boxing and also the Filipino Martial Arts. He also trained with his brother’s best friend, NYC boxing champion, the late Mario Pontillo.
Sifu Anthony later turned to Sifu James O'Brian to learn the White Crane style of Gung Fu and then later directed his full attention to Traditional Wing Chun Gung Fu under Sifu Randall Segrue and SiGung William Cheung. An open mind to all styles of Wing Chun, Sifu Anthony has studied other Wing Chun systems directly and indirectly by noted masters such as Duncan Leung, Alan Lee, Ip (Yip) Chun, Augustine Fong and Sifu Francis Fong.
Although a fully certified instructor Sifu Anthony continues his martial arts journey and education and is currently a full-time student under Sifu John Crescione. A constant student, Sifu Anthony travels monthly to his hometown of New York City to train with his Sifu and on occasion even further to train with other instructors.
Darth Telos: Knight
Darth Razor (Michael Gerstel) was Born in 1972 in Germany and is currently a teacher at a vocational school. Saber has been working with TPLA since 2012, becoming an official Apprentice in 2013 and being TPLA longest continuous student. Michael had no experience in martial arts or weapon combat when joining TPLA and has proven that with hard work and perseverance, high levels are attainable in the system. Since taking up the LED saber, Michael has also begun learning German longsword and practices with a local HEMA group.
Razor became a member of the TPLA Council in 2016 as Community Outreach Leader and is now the Dean of Students and works with our online teaching programs and forum.
Darth Razor: Knight
Benjamin Judkins: Knight
Benjamin Judkins is an instructor in the TPLA (Terra Prime Light Armory) system of Lightsaber Combat running the Ithaca Sabers enclave in Ithaca New York. His background is in the Southern Chinese martial arts and he is an instructor in Wing Chun Kung Fu. Professionally Judkins is a social scientist who studies (among other topics) the development and function of martial arts in the modern world. He is co-editor of the journal Martial Arts Studies (Cardiff University Press) and co-author of The Creation of Wing Chun: A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts (SUNY Press).
General Sun (Damon Honeycutt) a transdisciplinary warrior/artist who holds advanced degrees in both creative and analytical fields of study in tandem with professional experience that is multifaceted, informed and worldly. Starting his training in martial arts and music at the age of eleven, manifesting in a career that has taken him to perform in over twenty countries working with Dance companies such as Pilobolus, Nai-Ni Chen, and Scapegoat Garden. My work now is focused on teaching, researching and cultivating embodiment practices and their relationship to the creation of music, dance and performance. My main teachers include Paul and Suzee Grilley, Hu Jian Qiang, twice all-around Wushu champion of the People’s Republic of China; Beijing Opera performer Qi Jian Guo, and Paulie Zink, the western inheritor of Da Sheng Pigua Men. I have now returned to teaching my arts in the service of transmission and community.
Damon is also the author of the very first Lightsaber solo form or "Dulon" and versions of his set are practiced by thousands world wide. He was a founding member of the premier lightsaber group, the New York Jedi. He joins TPLA to further his creative path in the lightsaber and it's training.
Jared Miracle has over twenty years of experience in the martial arts and serves as a TPLA Council Member. He left home at seventeen to pursue training in Japan. His primary focus for much of that time has been the classical Japanese weapon arts and jujutsu. He has also boxed at the professional level, studied praying mantis kung fu in China, and wrestling in Mongolia, among other ridiculous ideas. Jared wrote his PhD. on the anthropology of martial arts, much to no one's surprise. He is a lifelong Star Wars obsessive and a member of the 501st, a worldwide costuming organization with a charity-driven mission. He proudly flies the banner of the Jolly Roger Squadron: 'All guts, no shields.' He is the Author of Now with Kung Fu Grip!: How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts for America.
Daniel has been studying Chinese martial arts and physical culture seriously since 1993. He began with Cailifoquan (Choy Li Fut) and Wu Taijiquan and branched out into Zhi Neng Qigong. He currently practices Chen Taijiquan under Chen Zhonghua and holds in instructor’s diploma as a Qigong teacher under Ken Cohen. In recent years Daniel has become very interested in swordplay using the traditional Chinese Jian. He’s also part of a group of scholars from around the world who founded an academic research area called Martial Arts Studies. Originally from Montréal, in Canada, Daniel Mroz creates and directs original contemporary theatre. He is the director of the BFA in Acting and the MFA in Directing programs in the Theatre Department of the University of Ottawa, where he teaches stage acting and directing in both English and French.