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Shien
This variation of Djem So centers on a stance in which a Jedi holds the lightsaber roughly around hip-level, and pointing the blade up (or down) at roughly a 45-degree at the opponent. This stance is reminiscent of the Kendo stance chûdan-no-kamae ("gedan-no-kamae" for the down position), which is the basic stance in Kendo. The position of the blade allows for the Jedi/Kendoka to attack or block incoming attacks with relatively little movement. As such, a number of attacks are possible- it can be swung in a fast arc while the Jedi punches his saber-hand at his opposing combatant (a "men" strike in Kendo), in a stabbing motion ("tsuki"), or can be swung at almost any strike zone to attack or parry swiftly. Luke Skywalker is shown to use this form briefly while engaging Darth Vader from underneath the stairs of the Emperor's throne room, after being taunted into attacking by Vader's comments about turning his sister to the Dark Side. The first appearance of this form was in I, Jedi, where it was used by the Dark Jedi Nikkos Tyris and Adi Gallia (the Jedi Exile may have been another practitioner, but the canonicity of that is uncertain). The Force-users were known as the Jensaarai (the Saarii-Kaar) encountered by Corran Horn. This form was developed by an Anzati Dark Jedi during the Clone Wars, eventually killed by Corran's grandfather. Horn was almost defeated by this style before distracting the Saarii-Kaar with a mental projection of her master, allowing his wife to stun her.

Adi Gallia uses a personal variation of this form, holding her saber vertically instead of horizontally, almost as if this form is aiding the combat of others.

Practitioners

Known practitioners in {JoF}:


Aldro Koon using Shien against Ghajnm

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