How to Become a Real Jedi

For some people, fandom simply isn't enough. Some have asked: "How do I become a real Jedi?" The answer is that there are several online groups which actively practice the philosophies from the movies as a real and operational religion, and as there is still an active online community it appears that the numbers are still relatively strong.

The case for or against the Jedi philosophies being religious is outside the scope of this article; rather, these are general guidelines for those who really want to make contact with these practicing Jedi in order to explore the religion as a spiritual path, and does not focus on any particular group.

In addition, it is also important to note that there are many training groups that are not directly associated with the Jedi religion, but instead offer self-development, conflict resolution, guardianship, and metaphysical training.


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    Watch the films. Nothing can prepare you for becoming a real Jedi better than having an understanding of the philosophies which made the idea of the philosophies somewhat religious. Though it was not George Lucas' intent to start an entirely new religion, he did have an intent to awaken the audience's spirituality in a way which transcended religion. Looking for these tidbits is a great start before making contact with the practicing Jedi.
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    Search for a group. Finding the right group--one which expresses its philosophy in a way which agrees with what you yourself believe to be true--is essential. It's best to look at multiple sites before you make your decision. And above all, don't feel pressured to take any oaths before you're fully willing and ready to do so. Some groups require that you take an oath before they will teach; others have absolutely no formalities, and will accept anyone who wants to learn. There are advantages to both, as well as disadvantages. Use your best judgment, but again: resist the urge to be one of the community until you've read through some of what they believe and see if it fits. This step can take a long time!
    • Remember, some training groups may not use the word "Jedi" to avoid copyright conflicts. Try keywords like "flow arts training", "guardian alliance", "jedi training intensives", and also "jedi training" from the Egyptian word related to the origins of the word Jedi.
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    Join a great group. When you've found a group you're comfortable with, join it! Keep looking if it's not a perfect fit, and accept that each practitioner in the Jedi faiths are on their own tangents much of the time.
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    Follow the instructions. For most groups, the instructions can be found on their web site, though they are often buried in forums. Keep sight of the goal, and be prepared to dig through years of posts in some cases. It's not easy, but it is worthwhile.
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    Take up a fencing or Kendo class. Ever wanted to sword fight like the jedi do? You will be able to learn the light saber fighting techniques that the actors in Star Wars learned and self-defense, too!
    • In addition, practice Tai Chi and Qigong. These ancient internal martial arts forms give practitioners power through the development of Chi or Qi, an energy force in the body believed to be able to provide healing, and greatly increase the power of a martial artist in all activities. Do a search for Shaolin Monks Qigong to see a National Geographic Special on the secret powers of Qi.


  • Really do the study. Though it's not the Jedi training that Luke Skywalker went through (you will not, for example, learn to levitate rocks or lift a jet fighter out of a swamp with your mind), they are very serious about the way they believe. The lessons they teach are designed to bring about an awareness of the Jedi spirituality. Question the aim all you want, but don't simply claim to have gone through the experience of study without actually studying: they'll know if you're lying.
  • Don't be obnoxious. Remember that these people are genuine about being Jedi. They have every right to believe what they do, just as much as you have a right to believe as you do. Being critical of any religious group (Jedi or otherwise) without a degree of acknowledgment of their right to believe is a good way to earn the ire of these serious Jedi. It is a Jedi belief, in most cases, that other religious beliefs are completely valid.
  • Be genuine. Nothing allows you to find a group close to your personality than simply being yourself.
  • Don't assume you know better. The people who have achieved their goals within their group and hold a teaching title of rank are people who have very likely been right where you are: new, understanding a lot more than anyone gives credit for, and yet needing to jump through the hoops necessary to be considered a Jedi. Some groups consider you a Jedi from the first day... but you don't have a rank.
  • Interview the group's leaders. Lots of people don't realize that joining a new religion shares some commonalities with joining a new company. It's a relationship, and for it to work, you need to ensure that your own needs are met (in this case, spiritual needs). You also need to gauge whether or not the group you're with will be somewhat like you, or if you would be uncomfortable hanging out with them. This can be vital, as if you're not comfortable then you're likely to feel unfulfilled.


  • Though the groups are religious, that doesn't mean you should immediately trust them. Don't give out personal information unless it really makes sense to do so. Even religious groups have con artists.
  • Not all groups are the same. Some embrace both the Light Side of the Force and the Dark Side. Ensure that you know and understand the kind of group you're getting into.
  • Before joining any religion, ensure that you understand that you do have other options.

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