Some people have asked, “Why train with lightsabers and in the other arts of the Jedi?”
I counter, “Why not?”
Like the photo above states, the lightsaber is the most amazing fictional weapon ever devised, if not for the only reason that the sword would be the most powerful weapon in the galaxy instead of the gun, rifle, turbo laser or blaster. Like most young boys who saw Star Wars in 1977, I became fascinated with the lightsaber and the Jedi. In my younger years, I was in no position to be able to follow up on my own ideas of lightsabers and the Jedi, but I have since reached a period of my life where I could devote some time and energy into my love of the Star Wars galaxy.
Some quick googling will show you that the lightsaber styles of the movies were based upon many established sword and martial arts styles, such as kendo, iaido, escrima, kenjutsu, and fencing. Like most who desire to learn the ways of the saber, some additional research showed me that trying to learn how to wield a lightsaber from one of the established teaching styles would lead to frustration. This was due to the differences in construction of a conventional sword, foil, or katana compared to the construction and operation of a lightsaber. Not to mention that you weren’t going to learn the spin maneuvers of a lightsaber from anyone but a practitioner in the arts of lightsaber combat, as they are fairly useless as a combat style without the enhancements of the Force.
Besides the physical aspect of lightsaber manipulation, there is also a spiritual aspect. Many who practice the martial arts now do it for reasons other than learning self-defense. They do it to learn more about themselves, to practice a moving mediation technique, and to learn how to get in contact with their spiritual side. The constant repetitions of dulon, or katas, allows the user to make enlightened forays into the Force and themselves.
Yet another reason to train in the art of the Jedi Knight is to make yourself a warrior. Even in this day of civilization, you need to be able to protect yourself and those around you while you are waiting for the local law enforcement to reach you and provide support to you. A common way of thinking about this is that there are three types of people in the world: the shepherds, the sheep, and the wolves. The shepherds, or the warrior Jedi Knights, are there to protect the “sheeple”, people who think that nothing bad will ever happen to them, from the wolves of humanity. Which group would you choose to be in?
The Modern Jedi Knights believe that, in order to be a fully-capable and appropriately trained Jedi Knight, you need to train the three aspects that make up you as a person: mind, body, and spirit. The mind is trained through meditation, practicing of the arts, and the acquisition of wisdom acquired through direct experience. The body is trained through physical training in the martial arts and other fitness programs. The training of the mind and body together, along with the leading of a compassionate life, trains the spirit to be connected to the Force. As you can see, all aspects need to be trained in order for one to be able to achieve enlightenment through the Force.
Be certain to consider your reasons for becoming a Modern Jedi Knight. The Jedi as a group are awesome and epic in their power and capability, but if that is the reason you are interested you are looking at the wrong group. If you were to take away the Force powers and the lightsaber, would you still want to be a Jedi? That is the question you need to ask. If you can answer “yes” to that question, and you are comfortable with acting as a servant at certain times in your life and training, then perhaps you do have the proper mindset to become a Jedi. As Yoda has said, “Adventure. Heh! Excitement. Heh! A Jedi craves not these things.” If that is the only reason you want to become a Jedi you are almost certainly destined to fail.
The Modern Jedi Knights don’t believe in reinventing the wheel. There are many websites out there from established groups that we believe are at the pinnacle of their respective groups. Instead of trying to recreate their work, we will simply point you in their direction. By linking to them you have the Modern Jedi Knight “Seal of Approval”. That means that we have a direct and personal experience with them and feel that they are teaching in the same ideals that we believe. There are many regional groups that work on training with lightsabers and in the arts of the Jedi, and you can find many of them in the Partners section of this website or links to them in specific sections of the Modern Jedi Knight website.
I hope you will join us and help us as we proceed down the path laid out before us.