Chile’s ‘Star Wars’ school to teach kids martial arts

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2011, 14:45 PM IST

Washington: A ‘Star Wars’ school called ‘The Jedi Temple’ in Quilpue, Chile, is set to give kids a unique way to study martial arts.

According to BBC Mundo, 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, reports a news channel.

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.

In the classes, the children are given a chance to breathe life into a Star Wars`` phantom (sometimes inherited from obsessed parents), by wielding light sabers made popular by Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, according to Vanguardia.com.

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.

ANI