"It is simple, and its simplicity is strength."

The Way of the Sarlacc. A form of determination and precision. In my many sparring sessions with Kit, I was able to see the true nature of this form. Like a Sarlacc, the determination to digest for a period of 1000 years is exemplified by this form. Persistence and simplicity are its bedrock, and this is due to its history.

This form exemplifies change. The change from blades to lightsabers was a long one, and as such, the old masters of the blade have left their imprint in this style. Parries, attacks and body zones exemplify this form, unlike most other forms. It is often why we teach our younglings this form to begin with. To learn the history of the blade and the basics of saber combat.

Many masters look down on this form. Erratic, raw, simplistic. These are all words used to describe the father of saber combat. And yet, observing true masters of the form is like watching water flow over the falls. It is constant and unyielding, and yet so very simple.

When in combat, Form I encouraged deliberate tactics, calling for continuous, step-by-step advancement while cutting off the opponent's angles. This tactical mindset and movement of the body allow for Shii-Cho to be used against multiple enemies with dangerous efficiency. However, against one opponent, your body movements are a waste of energy; and could turn out to be a fatal mistake.

The Live Combat Form is much more functional, the attacks being diagonal strikes at each respective body zone, the goal being to increase speed and reduce actual movement, a weakness I mentioned earlier. The body target zones are as follows; head, right arm and side, left arm and side, back, right leg, left leg. Deliberate strikes are the way of this form, and it would be wise to remember as such.

Be careful however. The Dark Side has no qualms with infecting even the most fundamental ideologies and forms. The form fosters an emotionally-heated mindset, which results in the considerable temptation to execute combat with lethal intent. A Jedi’s greatest challenge is to respect the symbiosis of life, something I will bring up later.

To Summarise:

  • This form is simplistic and raw, your emotions are channelled through the blade

  • It is more suited for multiple opponents and blades. A one-on-one will allow your opponent to find the fatal flaws in your guard

  • Parries, body movement is key. Diagonal strikes to the body points will allow you to conserve energy that you may desperately need.

  • Training can include practising simple parries and strikes, sparring against multiple opponents, and using a remote. Blast deflection basics are learnt through this form, remember that.