NYC teacher brings love for ‘force’ into classroom with 1st ever ‘Jedi Academy’

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FLUSHING, NEW YORK – What started out as a crowd-sourcing effort is now reality for Pre-K teacher Andy Yung and his class of Jedi’s-in-training at PS244 in Flushing, Queens.

The first of its kind, the afterschool enrichment class combines the love of Star Wars and fitness.

“It’s more about showing our kids that there are different ways to stay fit and active,” Yung told PIX11 News. “Other than the standard that they know, that they’ve learned in gym class or anywhere else.”

Every class starts out with a standard warm-up, which includes stretches, planks, two rounds of lunges and a few laps around the gym.

The Padawans eventually duke it out with a choreographed battle that follows the principles of Tai Chi with the same movements and health benefits.