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)
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(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." (Read more Star Wars stories.)

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