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

(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."

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)
Jim Collum, foreground, and other students work on light saber skills during a Golden Gate Knights class in San Francisco, Feb. 10, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Block, right, teaches during class in San Francisco, Feb. 10, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
Gary Ripper, dressed as Darth Vader, walks past a Yoda doll during Golden Gate Knights class in San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Block teaches during class in San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
Sophianna Ardinger meditates after a Golden Gate Knights class in San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
Student Aaron Cheng jumps over a light saber swung by fellow student Starshine Medeiros during a Golden Gate Knights class in San Francisco, Feb. 10, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
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