The Jedi Temple Is Open for Business... in Chile

By Rob Bricken in Movies, Nerdery
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm
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...huh? From Fox News Latino (also: There's a Fox News Latino? ...huh?):

A Star Wars school called "The Jedi Temple" opened in Quilpué, Chile, to give children a unique way to study martial arts.

The school, which begins its second session on March 17th, is training 20 children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old and is split into a beginners and an advanced course, BBC Mundo reported.

Combining what it considers the values of the Jedi -- wisdom and nobility -- with yoga and tae kwon do, the school believes it is providing its children something valuable along with the fun and entertainment of living a dream. 

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A genuine Star Wars experience is provided by "an exact replica light-saber, that has the sounds and the light reminiscent of the movies," William Berrueta, the creator of the school, told BBC Mundo.

The idea for "The Jedi Temple" was borne out of a visit to Chile by Star Wars: The Exhibition in March of 2009. It was the first time a display of props from the entire Star Wars series was made available for public viewing in Chile.

Obviously, Death Star PR is very upset about this development, but he shouldn't worry. As he himself points out, if their lightsaber training is anything like Yoda taught -- where children are blindfolded, given lightsabers, placed right next to each other, and then told to swing those lightsabers around wildly -- I doubt many of them will manage to graduate. At least not with all their arms.

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