We do love our obscure holidays here at Rocks Off, as well as setting up playlists for them, but this is the first time we've gotten to tackle a holiday exclusive to our own city. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Mauro Hamza.
Hamza, is the coach for the 2012 United States Olympic fencing team, which has just made him cooler than any single person we have ever personally met. In addition to owning and operating the Salle Mauro Fencing Academy here in town (which we are totally going to call for availability), he also instructs at ice where he is seeking to start an NCAA fencing program.
Two years ago, Mayor Bill White declared December 26 Mauro Hamza day, and commanded that all observe we had a damned superhero level sword fighter here who may or may not fight crime under the guise of night. Not one to disobey an official city decree, we're doing Hamza the honor of presenting our top favorite sword fighting themes.
Always open with Final Fantasy if you can, that's our motto. Our favorite video game clash of blades has got to be the beginning of Dissidia: Final Fantasy. You see all the swords in that picture? That's only half of the people going toe to toe in an epic struggle between good and evil. It's not easy to rival Nubuo Uematsu, but Takeharu Ishimoto and Tsuyoshi Sekito have done it.
Admittedly, the fight between Wesley and Inigo in the Princess Bride is the better fight, but no one quotes that one. They quote the showdown between Inigo and Count Rugen where Inigo finally avenges his father. So that's our choice.
Geez, between Flash Gordon and Highlander we're surprised that the entire rock soundtrack industry didn't collapse after the death of Freddie Mercury. Hard to tell which is the better work, honestly, but since we're picking best sword fight themes and not best laser battle themes we're going with "Princes of the Universe" from Highlander.
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