What’s Your Star Wars Major?

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day (which I don’t actually do that often) and came across a post in which a guy was talking about how he was trying to explain Star Wars to his father, but it was hard because there was so much to it. He said that fans these days had to pick a “major” (like in college) and focus on that aspect of it.

And it kind of made sense. Not many fans know everything about every aspect of the franchise (although there may be a few, lol). There’s just too much, with a lot of moving parts. Here’s just a short list of certain aspects of Star Wars one could focus on, depending on one’s interests:

  • The Skywalker Saga (kind of like Star Wars 101; it’s required for all of the others)
  • The Old Republic
  • Mandalorian history and culture
  • The criminal underworld (bounty hunters, gangsters, crime syndicates, etc.)
  • The Jedi (of any particular period, or all of them)
  • The Sith
  • The Force
  • The High Republic
  • The Comics (any number of the zillions out there)
  • Legends books
  • Canon books
  • Gaming
  • Thrawn, or any other particular character

You get the idea.

For myself, beyond the Skywalker Saga, I choose to focus on the Jedi, canon books, and the High Republic. Those are the areas I have the most interest in (one might even say an obsession with, lol). Others love the Sith, or bounty hunters, or ships, or learn Aurabesh. It’s been around for so long, and has been added to and enriched with so many shows, books, and comics, that one could make a study of it for a lifetime. It really is extraordinary. The only other fandom I can think of that compares in depth is Tolkien, as far as history, culture, and having a mythic quality to it.

It’s what I love about Star Wars–even if they stopped making new content (which is clearly not happening), I’d have plenty of areas to explore for a very long time. If I get tired of one area, I can try another area and see what I can learn and how it all ties together.

Here’s a few other other things you could make a study of:

Symbols By Era (I didn’t know Yoda had a crest!)

Clone troopers and their regiments

Droids

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Aliens, Planets and Systems, Weapons, the list goes on and on…

So, if there was a “Star Wars University” out there, what would be your major? How many minors or concentrations? Or are you going for the PhD and learning all of it? (Kudos to you!)

Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!

Lightsaber Fighting Forms

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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