New York Jedis meet to practice lightsabering

A group of Star Wars trufans in New York meets regularly at a dance-studio to practice their lightsaber "fighting" -- doing yoga, meditation and then lightsaber choreography.
"The thing is, when you hold a lightsaber, you want to use it!" says General Sun as he flips the switch on his lightsaber. It powers up with the signature hum of voltage, like an electric razor on mescaline, and the tube radiates solid white. "So the new ones have the noise chip, and they're thicker," he says. "They're made for dueling." Behind him, the other customers glance nervously at the growing circle of swordsmen and their blades.

"The nerd element of being a Jedi is pretty obvious," Cyran Oghma says. "We're all huge nerds. But it's more than that, more than Star Wars. If you base yourself on a character who has high personal ethics and a high level of skill and confidence, there is no way that's not going to influence who you really are."

Link (Thanks, Bonnie!)


  1. Might be a little nitpicky, but what’s with all the links to WIRED stuff? It’s like… I get the mag, read it, and then the next two weeks is full of Boing Boing reposting it… every month…

  2. “New York meets regularly at a dance-studio to practice their lightsaber “fighting” — doing yoga,…”

    Yoga, he’s the green guy, right?

  3. The New York Jedi are a great group.

    The Calgary Star Wars Fanforce has been running a lightsaber combat class for about 2 years now. We are lucky enough to have found a martial artist who has developed a lightsaber program based on Chinese and Western sword work. It really is a lot of fun.

  4. Yeah the headline should probably say “Jedi” instead of “Jedis” just because that’s our style guide rule for it, and I don’t want to upset Master Yoda….again. ;-)

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