En Garde, Jedi!

Are you a fan of the Star Wars movies?  Were you one of those children or adults that instead of wishing that Hogwarts was real, wished that you could train to be a Jedi instead?

If you live in San Francisco, then you can make your dreams come true. Thanks to LudoSports you can now train in the art of the Jedi at their new competitive Lightsaber School.


Founded 10 years ago LudoSports has schools all over the world, including in Italy, England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and Russia. Now it’s opening its first school in the United States – in San Francisco, the same city where George Lucas’s film company Lucasfilm is currently situated.

The school teaches the seven forms of Lightsaber combat, including Shii-cho, Makashi, Soresu, Ataru, Djem-so, Niman and Vaapad. The classes follow rules similar to those in fencing and martial arts, and assign specific uniform colors for students’ Lightsaber skill levels, just like with karate belt colors.

Jim Collum, foreground, and other students work on light saber skills during a Golden Gate Knights class in San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) ** Usable by LA and DC Only **

Though some might think Lightsaber battles are just for kids and cosplayers, LudoSports Academy takes Lightsaber training very seriously and sponsors local, national and international competitions for the trainees.

Classes begin in San Francisco on Saturday at Studiomix on Van Ness Avenue. Good luck and May the force be with your training.


Paula reigns from the small country of New Zealand. She is a self-proclaimed geek chic who prefers DC over Marvel and loves to wear superhero tshirts on a daily basis, not to mention her Batman high-top sneakers. She also can be found at her version of The Daily Planet - her book review blog "The Phantom Paragrapher"