Company launches UK's first Jedi training lessons ahead of new Star Wars spin-off

Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 1:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 4:41 pm

Fancy training to become a Jedi? Of course you do - and here’s you’re big chance. An online services marketplace is giving Star Wars fans a chance to learn the ways of the Jedi, with a new professional Jedi-training service.

Yes, you read that right: Bark.com is offering professionally-taught Jedi training prior to the release of the new Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hits UK cinemas on May 25.

The Jedi, for those who don’t know, are an ancient organisation from the fictional Star Wars universe. Jedi masters include Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Jedi training sessions will cover four main subjects; physical conditioning, basic Jedi history, mental strength, and lightsaber practice.

It’s expected that one-on-one sessions will start at around £150 per person, with group training at £100 per person for up to six people, however prices are subject to availability and will vary by teacher.

Bark.com’s Star Wars experts will also be offering stand-alone lightsaber training, which focuses solely on the fighting aspect of Jedi training. Classes will be taught in groups of no more than eight people, with prices starting at £45 per person for one hour.

Yoda lessons

Bark.com - an online platform which helps to connect customers with local service professionals - has employed the help of Star Wars enthusiasts from around the world to create the comprehensive Jedi course and is currently recruiting for more Jedi trainers.

Those that wish to instruct must be martial arts experts that identify with the Jedi religion.

At one time, Jediism was the fourth largest reported religion in the UK as per the 2001 Census with nearly 400,000 people stating their religion as Jedi, surpassing Sikhism, Judaism, and Buddhism.

“Star Wars is not just one of the biggest film franchises of all time, it’s one of the biggest cultural phenomena of the 21st century – which was proven last year when The Last Jedi took nearly $220m on its opening weekend,” says Kai Feller, co-founder of Bark.com.

“Star Wars was a huge part of growing up for so many people around the world, and I’m sure most of them wanted to be a Jedi.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see how many more Star Wars super fans we get signing up to become pro trainers.

“We can’t wait for the service to launch fully, and for Solo: A Star Wars Story to hit cinemas!”