Don’t f*ck with a Jedi Master
In just a few days Star Wars VII will be released. If you’re as much of a sci-fi nerd as I am then you’ve already had several “nerdgasms” with each trailer release over the last year. Since Star Wars inception there has been a massive following of Star Wars fanatics. Even the nation of Australia recognizes Jedi as a religion! (seriously, I looked it up). Keeping that in mind I wasn’t surprised to find classes where someone can learn to wield a fake lightsaber (nerdgasm!) Being a fitness nut, and geek, this intrigued me. People were interested in learning to fight like a Jedi?! Fighters are usually in good shape. Fighters workout. Do Jedi’s workout? My brain started turning and I asked myself, “what would a Jedi workout look like?”
Kendo is a Japanese martial art where two opponents square off with wooden bamboo swords. It was created as a safe manner for Samurai to harness their sword fighting skills without harming one another. Sure, you wear protective gear but that doesn’t mean it won’t hurt! The fear of someone whacking you with bamboo really hard is enough to make you want to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and…dodge (you knew that was coming). Now imagine that bamboo is now a lightsaber! Something tells me Jedi might use Kendo-style training to prepare for lightsaber battles.
Almost looks like a Star Wars villain
Attend a Kendo class and you’ll notice everyone is beat and tired. A typical Kendo class averages 1 hour of intense physical exertion. Ever watch a boxing match or UFC fight? Those guys are going at it for 3-5 min. at a time and are dead tired. Now imagine someone’s trying to take your head off with a weapon for an hour. Makes for one heck of a workout using your cardio, agility, and hand-eye coordination.
“Come at me bro!”
Yoga has taken on many forms over the centuries but the underlying concept has remained the same: making the mind and body one. A yogi enhances this connection through various poses, stretches, and breathing patterns. The end goal is to have “oneness” with yourself and/or higher being. Oneness? Could this be another name for “the Force”? I think so! At least the geeky side does.
Jedi’s are required to focus their energies in order to access the power of the Force. Remember Luke training with Yoda on that mud planet? Much of his training focused on holding difficult poses while centering his mind. Once this balance is achieved a Jedi can wield the power of the Force. Now, I’m not saying Yoga will enable you to move objects with your mind but you will have a calm personality that’s not quick to anger. This will allow you to think clearly and focus. “Anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering,” said Yoda. Yoda? Yoga? Coincidence? I think not! Nice job, Lucas!
Jedi Level = Saiyan
If you’ve read any of my previous posts you know I’m obsessed with gymnasts. The strength. The power. The flexibility. Everything! They can run, jump, climb, flip, and so much more. Believe it or not I didn’t even consider gymnastics as part of Jedi training until I remembered the lightsaber battles between Darth Maul vs. Qui Gon/Obi Won and Yoda vs. Count Dooku/Sidious. I swear it looked like Cirque Du Soleil, parkour, and breakdance fighting had a love child!
Want to be a Jedi master? Become a gymnast! It’s not easy but it’ll be easier than learning to shoot electricity from your hands.