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Light saber class in San Francisco

Golden Gate Knights instructor Alain Bloch teaches during class in San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the light saber. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Light saber training

A group of dedicated Star Wars fans, the Golden Gate Knights, participate in a light saber training class in San Francisco to practic the fight choreography seen in the movies.

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