An Academy dedicated to Lightsaber skills, power and responsibility may seem on the face of it just a dream come true to Star Wars fans everywhere, but this dedicated space teaches students much more.
“You start off learning about the lightsaber skills, but as you go on it brings people out of their shells” explained the Academy’s creator Luke Boyton during a recent interview on 702 ABC Sydney.
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The love of Star Wars itself creates a level playing field for children with special needs and adults alike at the Sons of Obiwan Lightsaber Academy in the NSW Central Coast suburb of Tuggerah. The Academy tutors students through the use of Star Wars role-play and reconnects people of all walks of life.
“When I first started [the Academy] I thought it would be 85 per cent kids and 15 per cent adults; it actually ended up being 85 per cent adults, 13 per cent special needs and the other 2 per cent kids,” Luke explained further, “Our credo at the temple is that everyone is equal – it’s giving them a place where they can walk in forget the world and be themselves.”
As a high school teacher with experience working with behaviour learning support and welfare, Luke said the Academy is a positive place to impart life lessons to the multi-age students who attend.
“We teach lightsaber combat and that’s great, but there’s lots of life lessons that we work into the classes while they’re distracted and having fun,” Luke said, “we live in a culture of destruction; by doing an activity like this it reconnects people.”
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