Jedi Bootcamp

Some people go to the gym, others work out with light sabers. Xeni visits LA Jedi, a group of Star Wars trufans who gather regularly in a Los Angeles area park to refine their sabering skills. And this isn't just for adult guys, either -- we meet Padawan moms, 10-year-old Jedis in training, and female Sith warriors.

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email:
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8 Responses to Jedi Bootcamp

  1. Bonnie says:

    Xeni, this is an awesome piece! Thanks for doing it!!! You make one heck of a cool Jedi, and your Yoda impression ain’t half bad either!

  2. License Farm says:

    Beyond the sabreplay, is there any discussion of the philosophies that supposedly go into being either Jedi or Sith? I’m not going to Google them now, but I’m fairly certain there are treatises out there on both, considering that a substantial portion of Australia identified on their census as Jedi.

    Xeni, how do you walk around in fur in L.A.? I realize it’s winter and you’re always in the height of fashion, but it doesn’t ever get quite cold enough to justify that extravagance, does it? You’ve got kids in shorts there!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is very similar to Japanese Kendo, but it lacks anything that would make Kendo worthwhile. Kendo teaches the swordplay, but is also very focused on creating a warrior (philosophy is a huge part of Kendo).

  4. GuabaMan says:

    Light sabers are overrated, give me a blaster any day!
    Xeni’s wears fur because of her coolness 😉

  5. Geno Z Heinlein says:

    > Xeni, how do you walk around in fur in L.A.? …
    > it doesn’t ever get quite cold enough

    Oh, you have no idea, my friend, no idea! I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, and there isn’t a day that goes by without a zillion complaints about the freezing temperatures in the US Southwest. Of course, in Vegas, freezing means a low in the mid-40s Fahrenheit.

    Accordingly, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish to kidnap all the complainers and send them to Wisconsin for a couple of weeks, just for comparison purposes…….. 😉

  6. JoshuaZ says:

    Wow, I’m applying to grad school and was considering UCLA. This is a very good reason to be around LA.

  7. devophill says:

    “Not everyone is a nerd…” Cosmoe Draven(?)

    I beg to differ, “Cosmoe”.

  8. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Could be that’s what his mother named him.

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