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4/14/2014

Lightsaber Combat: Form V: Shien/Djem-So

Form V: Shien/Djem-So
Form V: Shien / Djem So, also known as The Way of the Krayt Dragon, or The Perseverance Form, was the fifth of seven forms recognized as canon by the last Jedi Council for lightsaber combat. It was developed by practitioners of Form III: Soresu who felt that the defensively-minded form would unnecessarily extend time spent in combat by forcing its users to wait for an opportunity to strike rather than create their own openings. Form V combat was characterized by power attacks and defense immediately followed by a counter-strike. Shien, considered the classical Form V, was more adept at blocking blaster bolts, whereas Djem So was developed later and intended for lightsaber combat. Both Shien and Djem So were designed to use an opponent's attack against them, as evidenced by Shien's focus on returning blaster bolts to their origin and Djem So's emphasis on immediately striking back after a blow. Although some Jedi felt that Form V encouraged aggression and domination, that sentiment did not stop many Jedi from practicing the form. Form V was developed sometime prior to the Great Sith War, which began in 3996 BBY, and it continued to be used for millennia, during the Jedi Civil War, New Sith Wars, Clone Wars, and beyond. Like the other lightsaber forms, it saw use among both the Sith and Jedi. Knowledge of the form survived the Great Jedi Purge initiated in 19 BBY and into the era of the New Jedi Order. Probably the most popular form of lightsaber combat next to Ataru, Shien/Djem-So has been used by the two central figures of the Star Wars Saga: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. It is the preferred form for wielders of large statures, due to  the use of brute strength over agility. 

Advantages of Form V: It is great for defense, as it was built off of Soresu. It is basically Soresu applied with a countering Makashi mentality. It is great for overpowering your opponent and is completely reliant on brute strength.

Disadvantages of Form V: It is horrible for fighting agile and quick opponents, as it is reliant on brute strength. It can be outmaneuvered easily, but Form V covers this with its defense. Foot work is not very good with this form unless you are a perfect master of the form.

Notable Master of Form V: Shien: Sith Apprentice turned Jedi Galen Marek "Starkiller"

Notable Master of Form V: Djem-So: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker

In my next segment, I will cover the sixth form of lightsaber combat devised due to the dark side tendencies of Form V: Form VI: Niman. Until then, I'm Jedi Master Ryan Vickers, May the Force be with you!


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