Let’s be honest, the first time you saw Star Wars, you wanted to be able to grasp a lightsaber and swing like you’ve never swung before.
And now you can.
Because Alain Bloch, a 32-year-old software engineer from San Franciso, and lifelong Star Wars fan, has decided to start his very own combat choreography school, designed around the Jedi and Sith weapon. Speaking to Hero Complex, Bloch has been explaining the reasoning behind his new project.
“There are a lot of really awesome costuming groups in the Bay Area, but there was no one that was doing reenactments of the lightsaber battles that you find in movies, which I find to be some of the most exciting parts of them. So I went around and was actually looking for somebody who could possibly teach me how to do this sort of choreography.”
That somebody was Matthew Carauddo, a fencing instructor and martial artist. Carauddo was also a fan of Star Wars, he trained Bloch, and the duo founded Golden Gate Knights. It has been two years, and and the lightsaber school is still going strong, meeting once a week, and averaging 25 students per session.
“We have people who have their own lightsabers and really want to learn how to use them and look cool flourishing them around. We have people who are into film who want to learn how to do some choreography for their film projects. And we have just a lot of people who are interested in fun weekend activities who want to come out and do something interesting.
“The lightsaber is a very iconic element to Star Wars It’s the sword. You see that in all sorts of stories and movies — it sort of represents this force of change. And there’s a virtuous element to the light saber; it’s made of light, and only those who are keen to the Force can wield it effectively.”
Source: Hero Complex