– – – Jidai Training Classes – – –
Jedi comes from the Japanese word Jidai which means “from the period” (of the Samurai). Sword Master, International Stuntman and Star Wars Stunt Coordinator Nick Gillard will be making an appearances & hosting Jidai Training classes with his apprentice at FanXperience 2014! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and interact with Nick Gillard, train to fight like a real Jidai Knight and even battle Nick Gillard himself!
Classes are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 – 3:30 PM
Nick started his stunts career in 1977, working on the classic James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Since then, he has worked on over eighty-six films & television series including: Legend, Labyrinth, Willow, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Alien, Interview with the Vampire, Waterworld, GoldenEye, Reign of Fire and perhaps most notably Star Wars Episodes I-III.
While working on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones & Revenge of the Sith, Nick was the Stunt Coordinator, training Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee and Samuel L. Jackson how to use and fight fluidly with a light saber. Galactic Productions offers you the enviable ability to be trained by the man who trained your favorite Sith Lord or Jedi Master!
For – – – $150 – – -, you will get to attend a 1.5 Hour Jidai Training Class led by Nick Gillard, who played Jedi Master Cin Drallig in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; he and his apprentice will teach you the intense lightsaber battle scenes from the Star Wars saga. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity and don’t blame Nick if you run into a Sith Lord or Master Samurai and have no way to defend yourself.
***Participants should come in comfortable attire (sweat/training pants, a t-shirt and leather soled shoes without too much grip are recommended). Participants should also bring their own training lightsabers. Commercially made replicas are often too fragile and have too many knobs on the hilt. The hilt should be smooth due to the amount of movement in the hand, so Shina’s or blunted ski poles with the basket removed are recommended. Yours should be chosen the same way you do for skiing (grip it upside down above the basket and put the handle on the floor; if your forearm is level then that’s the correct size). Otherwise, bamboo with a gaffer tape handle will do.***