What do you do when you want to improve upon your Jedi skills? Attend a lightsaber academy of course! And one lifelong fan of Star Wars, Ron Schmitt, has introduced just such a course for martial arts students.
Star Wars: the Force Awakens broke records at the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $238 million and positive reviews. Itâ€™s also inspiring local people to see if the force is strong with them.
â€œWhen youâ€™re in there watching the movie and you see the movements, youâ€™re going, oh I know how to do that, and you understand how the movements work and it helps you get into the movie even more than it did before,â€ said Ron Schmitt, who first saw Star Wars when he was six years old.
â€œWalking out of there, I knew I wanted to be a Jedi Master,â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s my destiny. And then I come to find out that thereâ€™s no such thing as lightsabers and thereâ€™s no such thing as Jedis.â€
So he trained in the next best thing, the martial arts. But sometime last year, he found a way to bring his childhood dream back to life.
â€œIt kind of started out as a joke when my students had bought a combat dueling lightsaber,â€ he said. â€œSo I started kind of spinning around, doing some moves, and next thing I know Iâ€™ve got a group of people coming around and theyâ€™re like, you need to make this a real thing.â€
Learn more about this Jedi academy by reading KWQC’s article.