Sunday, November 17, 2013

May the Force Be With You

Jedi Training In A Galaxy Near You

     So what do you do when you can’t get to Disneyland or Walt Disney World but you know you need to keep your Jedi training in top form? Well, if you live in Idaho, the force is strong in Meridian at Jedi Training Camp at the ATA Academy. Students from all over come to this Dojo located in a galaxy far, far away to learn the ways of the force and help protect themselves from “the dark side.”  Lisa Strader, who has dressed up as Princess Leia for the past ten year said that their Jedi camp is basically what kids of all ages do at home when they play Star Wars but they are able to take it to that next level.  

     The directors of this ATA Academy had the original idea for the Jedi camp as a way to get students into the Meridian, Idaho ATA Academy during the fall break. Ten years later it has grown from three characters and a dozen kids to over thirty Jedi in training.  The instructors incorporate not only the martial arts moves the ATA Academy is known for but also ways of respect and courtesy while letting the students have a great time with their favorite characters from the movie. 

     Not able to make it to Idaho to train as a Jedi Master? What if you could bring Jedi Training right into your own home? Thanks to the generosity of 115 Kickstarter backers, a newly launched Jedi Camp can do just that. The 6 episode web series not only brings out the love of Star Wars in all of us, but also deals with the bullying epidemic through this creative outlet.

 In addition, if you are lucky enough to live in Southern California, you can attend Jedi Training and be taught by real Jedi Masters the ways of the Force!  The first of its kind in Southern California, at this Jedi Training students learn to build and use their own Light Saber, Yoga Training, Meditation, Sword Play and much more all while sending a message that teaches children not to bully.
     Is the Force strong where you live? Do you know of a special place where children of all ages can live out their dreams all while having the Force make a positive impact on their lives? Be sure to let us know so we can spread the word throughout the galaxy!

Gayle is a Disney Gal that loves churros for breakfast, still gets giddy with delight at the first sight of the “Disneyland next exit sign”, loves the overwhelming emotions and memories that come with each and every return to the Happiest Place on Earth and dreams of one day being the Captain of the Jungle Boat. To learn more about Gayle, click here

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