Geeks Flock to Class on ... Light Sabers
San Francisco aficionado teaches eager young padawans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Block, left, and Gary Ripper, dressed as Darth Vader, demonstrate light saber moves during class in San Francisco, Feb. 10, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – 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. The "Golden Gate Knights" club is run by self-proclaimed Jedi Master Alain Block, who has a background in martial arts and stage combat.

Clutching the neon-glowing light sabers, the 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, say they embrace their quirkiness and have even converted some of the skeptical into the "Jedi order."

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Feb 22, 2013 2:34 PM CST
Monkey see monkey do.
Feb 22, 2013 12:21 PM CST
The Dark Side shall not stand for this. A clear violation of a treaty on training aliens in the force. Earth looks like it needs a second moon.
Feb 22, 2013 8:29 AM CST
oh FFS! Can we have ACTUAL links to AP stories?! Just so we know you didn't make this up.