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FLUSHING, QUEENS (PIX11) -- A long time ago in a galaxy far – well actually not that long ago or that far away.

It’s at PS244 in the Flushing section of Queens where a movement is underway.

Pre-K teacher and Star Wars fanatic Andy Yung is on a mission to launch a Young Jedi Academy, an after school program that will teach students how to get fit – the Jedi way.

“I want parents out there to see that there are other ways that their children could live an active lifestyle even if its light saber choreography,” Yung told PIX11 News.

Yung himself knows a few things about light saber choreography having been a fan of the franchise for years.

The teacher had long wanted to incorporate his teachings with the so-called “force.”

“I walk around Flushing and I see a lot of people doing Tai Chi and they use their swords,” he said. “That can easily be done with a light saber as well so Star Wars has a connection to fitness and I wanted to bring that into our school.”

If Mr. Andy meets his online funding goal on his DonorsChoose.org page which will be used to purchase balls and light sabers among other things, the Young Jedi Academy will start out as a pilot program with 14 students as early as next month.

Watching “Star Wars” film, he revealed, isn’t a prerequisite.

To donate to Mr. Andy’s Young Jedi’s in training, visit their site