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Contrary to popular belief 2016 did not take out the Nerd Noise squad despite our major celebrity status. What do fame whores like us do when we’ve felt the frigid presence of Death lurking just out of our peripheral vision? We discuss Rogue One: An ‘I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying’ Story. Because if we don’t record ourselves nerding, did we really nerd?

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Under the Black Flag members Brittany Roberts and Chris Borden with Luke LaFontaine (Center).

A few weeks ago I was able to participate in a little event maybe some of you weren’t fortunate to hear about. The combat entertainment troupe, Under The Black Flag set up a class with stunt coordinator and instructor Luke Lafontaine on wielding the legendary weapon from a galaxy far, far away.  Held at the Selma Arts Center, the event costed $50 to participate in the class itself, but for those interested in simply viewing the class there was a $10 charge to be able to sit and learn. I opted for participating and I’m glad I did. Not only did I feel like more of a bad ass walking out but I also got a workout in that stung so good the next day.

The class lasted four hours, and while it was themed to fighting with a lightsaber the one thing you have to keep in mind is a lightsaber IS a fictional weapon, but the weapon and the fighting style is based on Japanese culture. When getting started Luke showed us the basic defense movements and fighting stances. He went through how to advance and move about while keeping at the ready for attacks. After going through these he set us up with partners and began going over a coordinated fight sequence which was fun, but also integrated the different positions that were previously taught.

Luke LaFontaine instructs attendees of the Weapon of the Jedi Training Class

Luke LaFontaine instructs attendees of the Weapon of the Jedi Training Class

Next, Luke taught us an actual fight sequence then made us partner up again with different folks to practice and go through the sequence. Once it seemed we had mastered that he had some fun and added new moves into it and made us relearn it. After we had gotten fairly close to memorizing that sequence, he did it again… He added more moves to the sequence. Towards the end of it he went into what goes into stage combat, and making a fight sequence whether if it’s for fun or show. He also answered any questions anyone had on continuing their training and gave suggestions as to where and/or who to go to, etc.

Honestly, this was such a fun experience for me. I have always been interested in participating in something like this but have always been too intimidated to as I never knew if there should be some experience necessary or expected. Anyways, this class is great for beginners. Luke was a great instructor for this class. He had patience with everyone, he would make his way around the room to adjust anyone’s positions, and never shamed anyone for making mistakes. As mentioned previously, this class gave you a workout. My shoulders and upper back especially were sore by the evening.

Anyways, overall a fun experience I would absolutely join in on again if Under the Black Flag group were to host another class or even set up others. Be sure to give them a like on Facebook to keep up to date on any other events they’ll be involved with or to hire them for parties and events.