What is Jedi Fight Club?
Jedi Fight Club is a playful name for a 1-2
week long clinic designed to deepen yoga asanas.
At JFC people learn a style of training that
entails a daily yoga practice plus a series of
"homework" exercises that focus on backward
bending. These exercises can be practiced year
round as a complement to your yoga practice.
Further, we create a community environment that
is fun and conducive to deep yogic exploration.
Jedi Fight Club also offers Weekend
introductions as a fun way to be introduced to
this style of training to see if it is the right
thing for you.
JFC developed along side 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, some would 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 Jedi Fight Club has evolved beyond the
competitor training model and is now open to all
yogis who are interested in exploring deeper
yoga asanas, in particular the series of
postures know in the hot yoga world as the
"Advanced Class." As opposed to the traditional
beginner's hot yoga sequence of 26 postures and
2 breathing exercises, the Advanced Class is not
universally accessible. Today the focus of JFC
training is on developing the skills that are
used in the Advanced Class that are not present
in the beginner's class; specifically: arm
balancing, leg-over-the-head, lotus and deep
What will I learn at Jedi Fight Club?
You will learn training techniques for
developing handstands, leg-over-the-head asanas,
back bends and lotus. You will also learn how to
practice an expanded 26&2 class; in other
words, you will be taught how to incorporate
elements of the Advanced Class into your daily
practice. The expanded 26&2 class is JFC's
version of an "intermediate class."
At JFC 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 (Raja Yoga).
Nutritional recommendations for yogis in
training, and for a yogi lifestyle.
The defining qualities of Hatha yoga (technique,
stillness and breathing), allowing one to
practice perfect postures regardless of physical
What's the daily schedule?
-Morning Yoga Class
-3-4 hour "homework" session(s)
-Evening Yoga Class
This is about 6-7 hours of Yoga practice a day
so, please make sure you are physically prepared
to practice two Bikram classes each day,
otherwise your ability to participate will be
The schedule will vary from day to day and clinic
to clinic depending on the needs of the group.
During the clinic we will likely have field trips
and offer demonstrations to the public. Please do
not expect to know ahead of time the exact
schedule, it will adjust from day to day as
During the clinic participants are asked not to
take on any other commitments so that the yoga
practice can be the priority. When you are not
on the yoga mat, your time will be spent
resting, nourishing yourself, getting bodywork,
and getting ready to practice again.
What does my payment include?
-Coaching from Esak Garcia, 2005 Bishnu Ghosh Cup
-Accommodation for the entirety of the clinic*
-Surprise outings and field trips
-Catered lunch and dinner (certain clinics only)
-Fresh juice daily (certain clinics only)
-Smoothie daily, which includes Raw Power© protein
and Synergy© green powder
-Daily Shots of E3Live©, and/or other super food
supplements (certain clinics only)
-An opportunity to demonstrate your 3 minute
routine to the public (for competitors)
*The accommodation will range from slumber-party
style to hotel or retreat center beds. For most
clinics we like to arrange 24 hour access to
massage from a live-in massage therapist.
Accommodations are not provided for JFC
What should I know about the food?
When possible, we cater meals so that
participants can focus completely on yoga. In
addition, when possible we serve daily fresh
juices and smoothies. Esak advocates a mostly
raw food diet because it enhances flexibility
and energy, but there are no strict rules about
what you can and cannot eat during Jedi Fight
Club. It is highly recommended that you reduce
your use and dependence on caffeine and refined
sugar before coming so that you will have an
easier time working into deeper postures. I
recommend 30 days without any caffeine or sugar
prior to arriving.
1 strict rule:
Any sort of recreational drugs, cigarettes, and
alcohol will not tolerated during this clinic,
even when away from the group. You will be asked
to leave the clinic immediately for violating
Payment & Registration?
There is a non-refundable registration fee
required to hold your place in the clinic.
Registration priority will be given to those who
sign up first. Most trainings are limited to 20
participants. The cost of participation, beyond
the registration fee, will vary from clinic to
After you are registered you will begin to
receive orientation materials.
Lastly, please remember that the effects of this
training are cumulative, and that only sustained
practice over time will accomplish profound
results. The Coaching Clinic is only an
introduction to a way to deepen yoga asanas. The
results will be profound if you continue to apply
what you learn beyond the clinic.
"The turning point in my practice was the
training you gave me. I continue to benefit
every day. I was hoping that you saw my wheel
and remembered when you taught me that and saw
me do it for the first time. It was def a
struggle then, now a 'given'". ~ Kim Tang, Palm
"I just wanted to thank you for a great 2
weeks. All of the hard work is definitely paying
off as I am feeling stronger than ever, getting
closer and even into postures I couldn't a month
ago. I feel like I have entered a whole new
(fun) world of yoga and I love it." ~ Courtney
Hurley, Voorhees, NJ
"I love that I was surrounded by like-minded
people. I learned tons at all three of the JFCs
I've gone to....After attending JFC I felt
extremely confident and ready for competition,
and I gained an understanding that allowed me to
progress rapidly in asana practice. Esak's
training philosophy resurfaces frequently and
provides motivation for me as I continue to
train." ~ Max Rosenberg, Washington, D.C.