Boston Jedi is a Boston-based lightsaber stagecombat club. We are looking to get Star Wars fans together to create and practice with lightsaber props to create visually engaging stagecombat for audiences, whether that's 3 people in a hallway, a stage in front of a room full of people, or an outing on Boston Common..
In July 2017, we shifted into a community-theatre stance: we now have 5 performances a year that we work towards, with approximately 10 week rehearsal schedules. Beginners are welcome at the first 3 weeks of a rehearsal schedule with the expectation that, if they come regularly to Thursday practices, will be ready to perform in that season's performance.
We start with drills to practice fundamentals. Nothing like constant repetition to build a good foundation!
From there, we split into small groups. In the early weeks of a rehearsal schedule, we're working on developing new choreography - either coming up with a brand new sequence, or extending an older sequence with more material.
In the later weeks, we are focusing on mastery: not just merely memorizing the choreography, but learning it cold. Being able to move fluidly with your partner takes a lot of practice! This is where the earlier drills on fundamentals really pays off. The last 1-2 weeks are dedicated to show run-throughs.
We are not a cosplay group, although some of our members do SW cosplay. Likewise, we are not a roleplaying group, although some of our members do SW RP.
We are not affiliated with Lucasfilm in any way, although we are encouraging our members to create a costume and apply for membership in one of the Lucasfilm-recognized groups: the 501st Legion (as a specific Sith Lord), the Rebel Legion (both specific and generic Jedi), or The Dark Empire (as a generic Sith).
Safety is paramount at Boston Jedi. You are responsible for your own safety and your partner's safety at all times.
Boston Jedi welcomes all fans. We will not tolerate any harrassment: reports of harrassment will be promptly investigated, and violators will be disinvited from returning. Our full anti-harassment policy is online.
Come to learn, come to teach! Everyone has something to contribute. If you know experience with stage combat, dance (of any form), or any martial art, your knowledge is definitely applicable. Even if your only experience is "I've watched the Star Wars films", that's still valuable, and we'll want your opinion.
Likewise, no one here is the be-all and end-all master of lightsaber stage combat. Everyone needs to be open to learning from other people.
Boston Jedi's charter was adopted in July 2016. Dave Leung, dcltdw at gmail dot com, is our current President. Boston Jedi is dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone; our full anti-harassment policy is online.
Dave and Meg started the club, practicing in Ten Hills Park in Somerville, MA. Later, the club moved its practices to MIT in Cambridge.
Directors deal with the creative side of things: what should the show look like. Producers deal with the how: okay, if the Director wants X and Y, then let's have these people practice from 7:15-8pm and those people practice from 8pm-8:30. Overall, the Director is in charge, and delegates to the Producer, so it's clear how decisions are made. Directors will typically have zero to small parts in a performance. Producers should likewise have small parts, but this can be a bit more relaxed than for directors.
Boston Jedi is a club that is light on officers, and we consider this a feature. Our only real officer is the club president, who is responsible for the general direction of the club who also chooses the next show's Director. We also have a webmaster, who is responsible for website maintenance.
Beginners' Nights are held the first 2 weeks of a rehearsal
schedule. Our upcoming dates are: Thu, Jan 18, and Jan 25.
If you can make one of those nights, then just show up! Dress comfortably. We have loaner sabers, as we do not expect new members to have their own stunt saber.
There is no committment in coming to a Beginners' Night. Hopefully you'll want to join us for a performance, though! We plan on accommodating all beginners for a performance: you'll be given a small role appropriate for a beginner. You will only need to come to Thursday practices to be ready for the performance.
We hold our practices every Thursday, from 7:00-8:30pm, at MIT Building 34, 1st floor, which is at 50 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA. Spectators are welcome at any of our practices.
Sure, drop a line to Dave Leung, club president, via dcltdw at gmail dot com.
If you're interested in purchasing a saber, Boston Jedi, as an entity, does not recommend any particular saber vendor. However, individual members have written up their suggestions:
We have 5 simple macro sequences. Also available in mini printout size. We use these like scaffolding or muslin: they are very useful for quickly sketching out a draft of a fight. Later on, we may decide to replace parts.
For beginners, the one page PDF reminder is now available.
All non-1v1 choreo are named after Star Wars system names. Placeholder names: Coruscant, Dagobah, Endor, Felucia, Geonosis, Hoth, Ilum, Jakku.
Choreography we are no longer actively using, but we may return to someday and re-use parts of:
Our original 1v1 Choreo PDFs are named after the radio alphabet.
Our main sequence , which is a modified combination of 6 1v1s.