Several dozen children eagerly clutched their lightsabers Sunday as Jedi Master Alex Mason instructed them on how to use the brightly-coloured weapons.
Those unfamiliar with the world of Star Wars may think that scene sounds like a serious and somewhat disturbing environment, but that was far from the case for what was billed as a fun family event to help kids protect themselves from the alleged "dark side."
The Jedi training event was held as part of the Association for the Arts in Mount Pearl's Artfusion Festival. It also helped serve as a precursor of sorts to Arts Week in Mount Pearl.
Mason, who has some training in martial arts and learned about sword play through acting, has been a fan of the science-fiction series Star Wars for as long as he can remember. His goal Sunday was to get into the role of being a Jedi master as much as possible to help make the event more fun for the kids, many of whom were sporting Star Wars clothing and costumes.
Perhaps more importantly, he also wanted to ensure nobody got hurt while swinging the plastic lightsabers.
The kids paired up and took turns taking on attack positions and defensive stances. They started off with an overhead strike countered by an underhand block.
The children also had the opportunity to try out some attack noises, shouting "Ha" as they swung their lightsabers down and sideways.
Wet weather created some obstacles for the event, which started in Centennial Park before moving indoors to city hall. The gathering moved outside again when it appeared the rain had stopped, but that decision proved to be premature.
Given the children did not get a chance to fulfil the training requirements involved in becoming a Jedi, it was agreed the event will happen again next Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. in the same location.