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4/03/2014

Lightsaber Combat: Form I: Shii-Cho

FORM I: SHII-CHO

Form I: Shii-Cho, also known as The Way of the Sarlacc or The Determination Form, was the first of the seven forms of lightsaber combat. This combat form was developed during the transitional period within the Jedi Order from ancient metal swords to more contemporary lightsabers. Shii-Cho was intended to cater to these new weapons, establishing the basic motions and target zones utilized with a lightsaber. As Shii-Cho was effectively an experimental combat form, and was created prior to the emergence of Dark Jedi and Sith Lords, it did not address the issue of lightsaber-to-lightsaber combat, and was quickly replaced by Form II: Makashi. Despite this, Shii-Cho continued to find a niche as a training form, with almost every Jedi duelist receiving some instruction in it, and including elements in their own combat styles. Shii-Cho was considered an effective fall-back option when no other form or combat style would do. In combat, Form I lightsaber combat was wild and raw, relying on deliberate tactics and being primarily aimed towards disarming rather than injuring foes, in keeping with Jedi philosophy. Basic initiates in the style demonstrated rather clumsy performance, though in the hands of a master, Shii-Cho was fluid but highly randomized and unpredictable. This form focuses on the 6 target zones of the body, presented in the picture below: 

Zone 1: The Head
Zone 2: The Right Side of the Body
Zone 3: The Left Side of the Body
Zone 4: The Back and Chest
Zone 5: The Right Leg
Zone 6: The Left Leg

All basic attacking zones are easy to predict and block as well. Shii-Cho helps a lightsbaer duelist with defense more so than offence. Originally developed by Jedi, Shii-Cho was not intended to wound or kill their opponent. There are such maneuvers as the disarming slash, which threw your opponents lightsaber out of their hand. 

Advantages of Form I: It's basic and anyone can learn it, even master it. It is great against multiple opponents and is intended to confuse your enemies.

Disadvantages of Form I: It is horrible against single opponents, as it is not meant for dueling. Most masters of this form add a more dueling-centric form to their skills before fighting someone one-on-one. It is horribly basic and predictable, as there are 6 main attacks that this form has to offer.

Notable Master of this Form: Jedi Master Kit-Fisto 

In my next segment, I will discuss the answer to Shii-Cho's lack of use against single opponents, the dueling-centralized Form II: Makashi. I am Jedi Master Ryan Vickers, May the Force be with you.


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