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Lightsaber Instruction

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Lightsaber Forms


 Form I: Shii-Cho- (The Way of the Sarlacc)

It is the most basic form of lightsaber combat -- and the most ancient. For this reason, it is the first form of lightsaber combat that most Jedi learn. It was developed as the Jedi transitioned from using traditional fencing swords to using lightsabers. The moves of Form I focus on disarming one's opponent without hurting him. Its wide, sweeping motions are useful when facing multiple enemies, but do not work well against lightsaber-wielding opponents.

Notable Practitioners: Kit Fisto, Luke Skywalker, Yoda



Disarming Slash

The "disarming slash" in practice.

  • Disarming Slash: A strike directed at the opponent's weapon in an attempt to rip it out of their grasp or destroy it.
  • Sarlacc Sweep: A wide sweeping attack in which the duelist struck against multiple enemies. 



Form II: Makashi (The Way of the Ysalamiri)

This style was developed when the Jedi began fighting Sith and other lightsaber wielders. It emphasizes precision, simple footwork, and preventing disarmament, and thus is a strong defense against Form I. Curved-hilt lightsabers made it easier to control the one-handed fighting style.

After the Sith were all but destroyed around 1,000 BBY, lightsaber duels became uncommon once again, and few Jedi studied Form II. Those who did admired it as the most elegant form of lightsaber combat.

Notable Practitioners: Count Dooku, Darth Vader


  • Contentious Opportunity: A tactic based upon recognizing and exploiting an opening in the opponent's defense before swiftly moving to strike the exposed enemy.
  • Makashi Riposte: A defensive technique where the duelist slightly alters the angle of an opponent's attack before quickly retaliating with a counter strike.



Form III: Soresu (The Way of the Mynock)

It was developed to defend against blasters. It is characterized by tight, efficient movements that shield the Jedi's body, using the lightsaber primarily as a defensive weapon to deflect blaster bolts. The practice of Form III is an important reflection of Jedi philosophy, as it emphasizes the Jedi belief in calmness and non-aggression. A Jedi using Form III must center herself in the Force in order to anticipate her opponents' movements and successfully block blaster fire.

Notable Practitioners: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker



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  • Circle of Shelter: A technique where the duelist creates a protected area around themselves and their allies, making it difficult for enemies to penetrate.
  • Deflecting Slash: A technique where the duelist redirects the momentum generated by deflecting an enemy projectile into a slashing attack at an adjacent target.
  • Pass The Blade: The duelist deactivated his blade (TrĂ kata) as he attacks, bypassing the opponent's block before igniting it into the hapless foe.
  • Unbalancing Block: The duelist caught the opponent's blade with his own before momentarily deactivating it, causing the opponent to stumble and leave himself open.
  • High Ground Defense (Sokan): Usually involves environment, combatants made use of large amounts of terrain, trying to maneuver their opponents into vulnerable areas during the course of battles that involved Sokan techniques.
  • Unhindered Charge: Rapid movement towards the opponent, ignoring difficult terrain and obstacles.


Form IV: Ataru (The Way of the Hawk-Bat)

Form IV, is an answer to the weaknesses of Soresu. Form IV and V were developed side by side.Both were highly aggressive combat forms, the former focusing on speed and agility, the latter on strength and attack moves. Form IV is an aggressive, acrobatic style. A practitioner of this form channels the Force to achieve high-speed movements, impossible leaps, and deadly strikes. To an outsider, it appears as a wild rush of movement. Its use of acrobatics makes Form IV difficult to master and dangerous to attempt. Even with the aid of the Force, a Jedi risks expending too much energy in a short burst of offensive strikes, leaving himself open to attacks if he cannot defeat the enemy quickly enough.

Notable Practitioners: Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn



  • Hawk-Bat Swoop: Was intended to allow a combatant to quickly strike their opponent without giving them a chance to react.
  • Saber Swarm: Numerous short strikes were aimed at the adversary.
  • Spinning attack: The flying duelist would hover in one spot and spin wildly (Trispzest), lashing out at multiple opponents.

Form V: Shien/Djem So  (The Way of the Krayt Dragon)

It was developed out of Form III, utilizing its precise defensive motions to create a more offensive fighting style. Its basic premise is using one's natural strength to dominate an opponent. 

The first variation, Shien, focuses on deflecting blaster bolts back at targets. This allows a Jedi to defend herself while simultaneously using the enemies' weapons against them.

The second variation, Djem so, applies the same principle to lightsaber duels. It focuses on blocking an enemy attack, then using that energy to segue into a counterattack.

Notable Practitioners: Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker


  • Barrier of Blades: Defended the user from blasterfire and redirected some of the incoming blasts.
  • Falling Avalanche: An overhand power blow that crashed down upon an opponent with incredible force.
  • Fluid Riposte: A smooth transition from parrying an attack to a counterstrike.
  • Shien Deflection: Simultaneously deflect weapons fire and leap towards an opponent.


Form VI: Niman (The Way of the Rancor)

While forms IV and V proved highly effective, many more conservative Jedi were put off by their aggressive focuses, and set to work creating a form that balanced all the other focuses with overall moderation, in better keeping with Jedi philosophy. Form VI is a synthesis of elements from the five previous forms. It is especially popular among Jedi who do not focus on combat training, as it is easy to master and execute -- for this reason, however, Jedi who have mastered other forms may view it as inferior. The basis of Form VI is combining lightsaber combat with other Force techniques. For example, a Jedi may use telekinesis to push away enemies, allowing her to better manage a group of fighters by facing them one at a time. Form VI is the primary fighting style of Jedi who dual-wield lightsabers.

Notable Practitioners: Darth Maul, General Grievous



Pushing Slash JATM


 A Selkath Jedi applying the "pushing slash" technique.











  • Draw Closer: It consisted of the duelist telekinetically seizing an opponent and pulling the enemy into the path of his/her blade.
  • Pushing Slash: The duelist would slash an opponent before blasting him aside with a Force push.



A Gand Jedi implementing the "Twin Strike".

  • Twin Strike: A duel-wielding, Jar-Kai, strike where the character simultaneously swings both lightsabers to act as a strong-attack. Both lightsabers meet the target or object.
  • Rising Whirlwhind: A duelist swings his lightsabers about his body, creating a brilliant whirlwind.


Form VII: Juyo/Vaapad "The Way of the Vornskr)

Juyo drew on the agile footwork of Makashi, the tight, aggressive motions of Shien, and the fluid style of Niman.  Form VII is the most difficult of the traditional lightsaber forms, both physically and emotionally. Rather than ridding themselves of emotions, practitioners of Form VII channel them into the fight, attacking with chaotic, furious, and unpredictable moves to catch their opponents off guard.

Notable Practitioners: Mace Windu, Darth Maul


During the time before the Clone Wars, Mace Windu developed Vaapad -- a variation on the traditional Form VII fighting style, Juyo. Its premise was turning the Jedi into a conduit, channeling an opponent's negative emotions back at him.

Only a few Jedi were allowed to learn Form VII, as it was thought to bring its practitioners dangerously close to the dark side.

Notable Practitioners: Mace Windu, Agen Kolar,



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