[Indi]android: Becoming One with the Force at the Indy Lightsaber Academy

September 28, 2018
Two instructors at ILA square off with their lightsabers ignited.
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For every kid who’s swung a broomstick in front of the mirror, who’s practiced flips on the backyard trampoline while scream-singing “Duel of the Fates,” who’s perfected their Darth Vader breathing – there’s been one consistent thought: I wish I had a lightsaber.

Ok – maybe I’m projecting, but there’s a reason one of the most popular weapons in all of pop culture has been so enduring. Lightsabers are cool.

In the past, the fantasy of taking down waves of Stormtroopers or deflecting blaster bolts is something Star Wars fans have been resigned to just dreaming about. But more and more programs are popping up to make that fantasy a reality.

How can you wield a lightsaber in real life? It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you.

But it is something the Indy Lightsaber Academy in Indianapolis will. For the past few years, the group has been holding weekly lessons and participating in the occasional competition. The curriculum is a mix of aerobic exercise and martial arts, all to show you how to fight with your saber with the best form and technique. Plus, you get a workout in the process.

On this episode of [Indi]android, we’ll dive a bit deeper into ILA and get to know the people teaching the next class of padawans.

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