A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms – Form I: Shii-Cho

The intricacies of lightsaber combat can take years—even a lifetime—to master. What novice fans do not realize, however, is that Star Wars lightsaber battles are not just simply two people trying to hit each other with the aid of tactics that are entirely improvised in the moment. Although saber duels may look like chaotic hack-and-slash […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms – Form II: Makashi

The first lightsaber combat form was Shii-Cho, which arose in the era before sabers were widely disseminated throughout the universe. Back then, those who wielded lightsabers usually fought against enemies who were forced to rely on more primitive tools. Therefore, skirmishes involving lightsabers tended to be one-sided affairs: a saber wielder against one or more […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms—Form III: Soresu

Through the ages, various lightsaber combat forms have come into being across the Star Wars universe, in response to deficiencies of earlier forms as well as to changes in traditional battlefield conditions. The first form, Shii-Cho, was created at a time when lightsabers were relatively uncommon, and, because of that scarcity, their wielders held a […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms—Form IV: Ataru

Form III, Soresu, emphasizes defense almost to the exclusion of all other aspects of combat. This form, while highly effective within its limits, has the obvious drawback of giving the practitioner few attacking options. During the era when lightsaber combat forms were developed, the limitations of Soresu form soon became apparent, and the form that […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms—Form V: Shien & Djem So

The development of the first four lightsaber combat forms can be viewed as a logical progression where each subsequent style attempts to compensate for perceived limitations in the previous one. Form V is where that step-by-step evolution gets disrupted a bit. It was not devised as a response to Form IV Ataru; rather, it is […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms—Form VI: Niman

Form VI, Niman, is all about providing the practitioner with a balanced approach to fighting with combat lightsabers. It is unique among the 7 forms of lightsaber combat in that it does not formulate any new moves or tactics, as it is fundamentally a synthesis of the five previous forms. Hence, Niman contains recognizable elements […]

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Mace Windu Lightsaber Form: Channeling the Darkness into a Weapon of Light

The last of the traditional lightsaber combat forms to gain official recognition, Form VII Juyo, is known as “the Ferocity Form” because it enables its practitioner to generate an extremely intense, even rage-filled attack on their opponent. That characteristic makes it remarkably effective on the battlefield—but also remarkably dangerous for Jedi practitioners, as the proper […]

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Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber and Combat Form

More than a few Star Wars fans will tell you that their favorite character in the third trilogy is Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa and one-time Jedi apprentice who became dreaded master of the Knights of Ren and, later, Supreme Leader of the First Order before finally breaking away from […]

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Advanced Lightsaber Combat Tactics and Styles

Lightsaber combat in its present form is the outcome of many generations of discoveries, theories, and technological innovations. One particularly consequential result of all this effort was the invention of the seven classic lightsaber combat forms. But it should be understood that lightsaber combat theory also includes certain widely disseminated ideas and tactics that do […]

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Form-Specific Maneuvers in Lightsaber Combat

Lightsaber forms are often discussed in terms of broad generalities. For instance, Soresu (Form III) is known as the style that emphasizes defense, while Ataru (Form IV) and Juyo (Form VII) are for those who prefer to go on the offensive, and Niman (Form VI) is the “balanced” form for combatants who want to be […]

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