Created by Esak Garcia, Jedi Fight Club is an opportunity for passionate yogis to step into a world of practice that has assisted numerous people in having a more complete and fulfilling experience of yoga. This introductory weekend is an opportunity to sample JFC style training to see if it is right for you. Many people take on Jedi training as a lifestyle and do it as part of their ongoing practice well after the training. During this 3 day intro in Philadelphia, you will practice homework exercises designed to deepen yoga postures. This is for any and everyone and therefore you do not need to have any prior advanced yoga experience. JFC is guaranteed to inspire your practice and support you to move forward. This JFC will be led by Esak Garcia.
1520 Sansom St 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States
- A weekend of Jedi Training with Esak, including Jedi homework, 26&2 class, e84 Intermediate classes, and the 84 Asanas class (commonly referred to as the ‘advanced’ class)
No accommodation is provided, however, there are AirBnB options, hotels, hostels, and guest houses in the area. We will provide housing assistance upon request, like pairing you with roommates, or finding a local student to billet with.
What’s not included
$250 USD ~ Full Weekend
- If flying, please arrive and depart from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL.)
- Arrive early enough to make it to our first class at 4pm on Friday
- Our last class ends at 2:30pm on Sunday.
Friday, July 8
4pm orientation / discussion (free, open to public)
6-7:30pm 26&2 class (Open to Public Click Here to Register)
Saturday, July 9
9:30am Backbending practice
11am 84 Asanas class
4:00pm Workshop on 26&2 technique
5:30pm Jedi training
Sunday, July 10
10:00am Backbending practice
11:00am Jedi training
1-2:30pm e84 Intermediate class
(you will be taken to Jedi Fight Club’s website)
Register Here for the Posture Workshop Only on Saturday July 9th at 4:30pm.
To complete your registration, please submit a payment of $250 USD now. We will not receive your registration without a payment. Your payment reserves your place in the training. Payments are refundable for 30 days (minus transaction fees). All payments become non-refundable and non-transferable on June 8, 2022. After you submit this form with your payment, you will receive a registration confirmation email with additional information.
In the event that we must postpone the event due to COVID-19, a natural disaster, or any other event that closes the studio or disallows Esak to travel, AND the refund deadline has passed, we will refund 50% of your payment, and transfer 50% of it (minus transaction fees) to a future training or event on esakgarcia.com.
What will I learn at JFC?
You’ll learn training techniques for developing handstands, leg-over-the-head asanas, backbends, and lotus asanas, and more. You’ll be taught how to incorporate more advanced elements of training into your daily practice. More important than advanced postures, being an advanced practitioner entails having advanced practice habits and an adept mindset.
At Jedi Fight Club we also cultivate these qualities:
- How to be of service to others through your yoga practice (Karma Yoga)
- How to develop your postures beyond your perceived limits (Change Your Mind philosophy)
- Nutritional recommendations for yogis in training, and for a yogi lifestyle
Where does Jedi Fight Club come from?
Jedi Fight Club developed alongside the yoga asana championships that were introduced into the USA in 2003. While preparing for yoga competitions, several students of Mary Jarvis began to dedicate themselves to extended hours of training. Caught up in the fun and excitement of yoga exploration, I began to sustain a yoga routine of 7 or more hours a day for weeks and even months at a time.
Mary Jarvis created the concept of complementing a daily yoga practice with ‘homework’ while healing herself from a serious car accident. Her discoveries provided the foundation of Jedi fight Club style training.
Today JFC has evolved beyond the competitor training model and is now open to all yogis who are interested in developing as a yogi. At JFC we love to work hard, but we also like to keep it light-hearted and fun.
Esak Garcia’s Bio
I was born and raised in Boulder Colorado. My father is Mexican-Catholic, and my mother is American-Jewish. My cultural and racial mix has helped me to know that there are many ways to see the world. I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese and I’ve learned how to think and communicate differently with each of these languages.
As a young woman my mother learned yoga from Islamic Sufis, and although she identifies strongly as Jewish, she is more of a yogi then anything else. I didn’t receive a religious education, but I would sometimes attend synagogue and mass where I always felt like I was watching from the sidelines. As a teenager I took an interest in Buddhism, and for part of my university years I traded the college dorms for a Korean-Zen boarding house.
When I was a young child, my mother collected government welfare support, and then as a young adult I attended Yale to study political philosophy. I’ve lived the lifestyle of the world super-elite and I’ve also blended into Brazilian favelas and lived hand-to-mouth for much of my early adulthood. Today, although I don’t possess wealth, I feel that I have access to everything.
I became interested in yoga as a high school athlete at the age of 17. I used yoga to condition myself to play baseball and American football. I didn’t expect to stick with yoga as I have, but the fact is I have never been able to put it down for long. I keep practicing because it feels good. I’ve always been a physical person, so while I was in school I used yoga as a diversion from all the intellectual stimulation. After University I lived in Brazil for several years and it helped me to stay injury-free as I explored martial arts. For many years yoga was in the background and it served as support for the other things I was interested in.
Then in 2001, I attended Bikram’s Yoga College of India teacher training, and my priorities flipped. Yoga was placed in the foreground and I became very excited about exploring the depths of the physical yoga practice. In 2005, I became the 1st male champion of the Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup, an international yoga asana championship. Since then I’ve been conducting yoga workshops, retreats, and trainings, all around the world.
In 2006 I began to study A Course In Miracles, and Egyptian Mysticism. These studies have helped me to understand and apply the Spiritual and philosophical parts of yoga
Among my accomplishments, I’m proud to say I’m a founding board-member of USA Yoga and the International Yoga Sports Federation, the creator of Jedi Fight Club, and creator of the e84 Teacher Training Diploma Program. I studied the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira for over 10 years, and I’m a student of Egyptian Mysticism to this day, making frequent trips to Egypt.
My family has owned and operated a Bikram yoga studio in Boulder, Colorado since 1994.
One of my favorite things in life is being the father of 11-year-old Osiris.
My yoga studies and explorations, along with an innate calling, have made it clear to me that the purpose of life is to develop spiritual awareness, and not to survive or better myself materiallity. I don’t have any material goals for my life. I’m on a journey of Self-revelation and discovery through yoga, relationships, reflection and inquiry. It’s my honor and privilege to share these things in all the work I do. Please join me.
If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to get in touch.