Friday, February 12, 2016

Okay, best thing ever: Star Wars nights at local karate/kenpo dojo, February 12 and 26

It’s just like a Star Wars movie, live, happening right in front of you! Only with better acting and dialogue, probably.

Strongsville’s AA Kenpo Karate Studios, following the lead of various similar classes and cosplayers nationwide, now offers “Jedi Lightsaber” classes, a sort of modified form of Japanese swordsmanship tied in with the Star Wars film series.

It’s actually pretty clever, really; arguably one of the best ideas George Lucas had in all of Star Wars was to tap into the Asian martial-arts traditions and conflicts of good master/bad master, an Eastern vibe that most mainstream movie critics didn’t even take very seriously as drama at all until CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON came along. Lucas was way ahead of mainstream tastemakers on that score.

AA Kenpo Karate’s dojo will hold two Star Wars nights, one on Friday, Feb. 12, with a Jedi class first, then followed by a screening of STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES. Then on Friday, Feb. 26, the Jedi class will accompany STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH.

One need not be a current student of AA Kenpo to attend, participate and enjoy, said  Master Alan C. Babinec. Kids who join in can be ages 4 to 12. The “Lightsaber class” happens from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and then afterwards the movies unreel with snacks and ice cream.

For a young Jedi to take a swordsmanship lesson costs $5. Viewing the movie is a $10 admission. The martial-arts lesson plus the movie, thus, is $15.

Because of limited space in the dojo, advance registration is requested on the website Go to the “Parents Night Out” section

AA Kenpo Karate is located at 13211 Prospect Road in Strongsville. Phone 440-572-3113.

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