Star Wars fans feel the force at light saber class
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the light saber.
At a recent class, Alain Bloch, the self-proclaimed Jedi Master at Golden Gate Knights, demonstrated a slicing technique. He has a background in martial arts and stage combat.
‘‘Always be mindful of the presence!’’ he said, donning a Luke Skywalker outfit and a green light saber.
With Star Wars movie music coursing through the dance studio, his disciples clutch their neon-glowing light sabers.
These self-proclaimed ‘‘Star Wars geeks’’ slice and parry as they follow Bloch’s lead, and get a little exercise, too.
People in a recent class in the city’s South of Market district, including a couple on a date, said they embraced their quirkiness and had even converted some of the skeptical into the ‘‘Jedi order.’’
‘‘At first they giggle because they think it’s a little silly. Then they’re like, actually that’s kind of cool,’’ said Julio Reyes, a student. ‘‘Then they start asking more questions.’’
Not all Jedis-in-training are rooting for the good guys. Some came to embrace ‘‘the dark side of the force.’’
‘‘I just love Vader, period,’’ said Darth Vader-clad student Gary Ripper. ‘‘Just his voice, the way he moved, the power of him. I just liked the powerfulness of him.’’