Even though I’ve been a Star Wars fan for many years, I’ve only recently discovered that there are different fighting styles that Jedi Knights use. Not only that, but there are seven different forms, and each Jedi ultimately chooses which style they most identify with, though they will use whichever one serves their purpose at the time.
The loremasters out there are probably thinking: Well, duh. What Outer Rim asteroid have you been hiding on? But I honestly had no idea, and to tell you the truth, I think it’s awesome. The more I dig around and learn about the Star Wars universe, the richer it becomes.
Anyway, this overview of the seven fighting styles is a fairly simple explanation, and is mostly for me to keep it straight and remember the basics. If you’re new to it, here’s a basic introduction:
The Way of the Saber: 7 Forms of Lightsaber Combat
- Form I: Shii-Cho. The basic moves all younglings learn.
- Form II: Makashi. Also called Contention Form. Count Dooku is a practitioner.
- Form III: Soresu. Also called Resilience Form. Obi-Wan is a practitioner.
- Form IV: Ataru. Also called Aggresion Form. Yoda is a practitioner.
- Form V: Shien & Djem So. Anakin Skywalker is a practitioner.
- Form VI: Niman. Darth Maul is a practitioner.
- Form VII: Juyo & Vaapad. Mace Windu created and uses the Juyo variation Vaapad.
The next time I watch any of the films, I’m going to look very closely at the lightsaber duels and see if I can recognize the forms.
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