Martial artist opens world’s first Jedi lightsaber academy

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Most of us have seen at least one of the Star Wars movies and in some way, shape, or form have been fascinated by the ideas and concepts put forth.  From the aerial maneuvers that the flying crafts are able to execute to the futuristic gadgets, such as the lightsaber, and especially “the force”.  It seems that whether or not you are a fan of science fiction there is something here for everyone that includes but is not limited to action and adventure as well as romance.

One gentleman, Ron Scmitt, became increasingly fascinated with the idea of becoming a Jedi master but realized early on that this simply was not possible so he began training in martial arts, eventually opening his own academy which now caters to a very non-traditional traditional martial arts crowd.  Speaking with KWQC-TV in Illinois he had this to say:

When you’re in there watching the movie and you see the movements, you’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,” said Ron Schmitt, who first saw Star Wars when he was six years old.

“Walking out of there, I knew I wanted to be a Jedi Master,” he said. “That’s my destiny. And then I come to find out that there’s no such thing as lightsabers and there’s no such thing as Jedis.”

“It kind of started out as a joke when my students had bought a combat dueling lightsaber,” he said. “So I started kind of spinning around, doing some moves, and next thing I know I’ve got a group of people coming around and they’re like, you need to make this a real thing.

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That is exactly what he did and thus the birth of Dubuque Lightsaber Academy.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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