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Star Wars fans feel the force at lightsaber class

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  • Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Block, left, and Gary Ripper, dressed as Darth Vader, demonstrate light saber moves during class in San Francisco on Sunday.

      Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Block, left, and Gary Ripper, dressed as Darth Vader, demonstrate light saber moves during class in San Francisco on Sunday.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber.

Alain Bloch is the self-proclaimed Jedi Master at Golden Gate Knights. He has a background in martial arts and stage combat.

Clutching the neon-glowing lightsabers, the self-proclaimed "Star Wars geeks" slice and parry as they follow Bloch's lead, and get a little exercise too.

People in a recent class in the city's South of Market district, including a couple on a date, say they embrace their quirkiness and have even converted some of the skeptical into the "Jedi order."

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