The Lightsaber form III was a defensive form. The practitioners of this form normally had prolonged fights. It also restricted the practitioners from doing offensive moves. Jedis were always outnumbered in battles, and the defensive and lengthy fights did not help them in battles.
To overcome the weaknesses of form iii, Jedis developed two lightsaber forms at the same time, Form iv and form v. The lightsaber form iv was an offense-based form, and Jedis developed it from scratch. However, Jedi created form v to overcome the weaknesses of form III
Let’s find out about lightsaber form v, its weaknesses, and who used that in detail.
Lightsaber Form V – Shien & Djem So
The lightsaber form V is also known as Shien & Djem So, and the Perseverance form. Jedi Order also remembered this form as the way of the Krayt Dragon, named after a reptilian creature native to Tatooine. Form V has two varients, Shien and Djem So.
Although both variants have different purposes, both variants are a modified form of form iii. Form V is an aggressive lightsaber form. Although, It is less aggressive than the form iv as it balances out both the defense and offense aspects of combat.
As we know, lightsaber form iii was good at defense against blasters. But, this defense did not help them in defeating the enemy. So, they created the classical variant of form v, Shien. Shien came earlier than its counterpart variant and was effective against blasters.
Shien users can keep their defense up without compromising on their offense. Shien allows the practitioners to leap swiftly toward their enemy while blocking all the blasters on the way.
They called this technique “Shien Deflection.” A master of Shien can easily deflect the blaster with his lightsaber back to it come from or redirect it to a desirable position, also known as “Barrier Blades.”
This form was also effective against the counterattacks of multiple opponents. Shien users keep in mind that they are outnumbered. They must keep their defense up while leaping for offensive maneuvers.
The Shien opening stance is to hold your dominant leg back for a powerful forward stroke. The user holds the lightsaber with both hands and keeps the lightsaber above his head. The lightsaber blade angle goes behind the user’s head.
Some Shien practitioners held the lightsaber in reverse style for better leaping strikes. This reverse style is called Reverse Shien.
Sith lords have their own version of the fifth form’s Shien variant. The Shien stance was the same for Sith lords as Jedis. The lightsaber fighting and blaster deflecting styles were identical. We do not get enough details on how a Sith Shien differed from a normal Shien.
Djem So, Variant
Soresu Jedi masters who wanted to address the weaknesses of form iii created the second variant of form v. This variant is known as Djem So. While Shien addressed the issues of blasters, Djem So enabled the Jedis to make offensive counterattacks from the defensive stances.
It is an elegant form that balances out both aspects of combat during the lightsaber duel. Unlike Soresu users, A Djem So’s user does not wait for an opening to strike. He blocks an attack and makes an aggressive move of his own instantly.
The intention of Djem So’s user is not just to counterattack but to push forward and dominate the fight. A Series of Force-combined parries with no openings helped the Jedis to defeat even skilled enemies.
Djem So is an aggressive form that is more effective against a single opponent than its counterpart variant, Shien. It relies on its brute strength like the Ataru form. However, Djem So is more focused, quick, and precise like the Makashi form. At the same time, the defense of this form is strong like the Soresu form.
Shien & Djem So Weaknesses
Both variants of form v addressed the weaknesses of lightsaber form iii. But, even this form was not invincible. Both Shien and Djem So have their own shortcomings.
While Shien was effective against enemies with blaster guns and multiple opponents, it completely failed against a skilled solo enemy. Likewise, Djem So was an aggressive form but needed precision like Makashi. During the fights, it lacked mobility.
Quick movements were not possible with precise attacks. The user had to depend more on their footwork. So, Jedis went deeper into this knowledge to find a perfect lightsaber form. They developed the 6th lightsaber form, also known as Niman.
Who Used Shien and Djem So
The Jedi order created the first variant, Shien, about a Millenia ago. Since then, Jedis and Sith Lords have been using it. From the Great Sith Wars to the Jedi Civil War and then the Clone Wars, form v had been one of the major lightsaber forms used by Jedis.
Vrook Lamar and Kavar are the notable Jedis during the era of the Jedi civil war who practiced Shien and Djem So.
The Clone Wars series features many Jedis using Shien & Djem So form. Some famous names are Cin Dralling, Plo-Kloon, Garth Ezzar, Luminara Unduli, and Kaazdan Paratus. But what about the famous characters of the Star Wars Saga?
Anakin Skywalker was an expert Shien & Djem So user. He also knew Ataru, but he preferred to use Form V during the Clone Wars. Even after becoming Darth Vader, we watched him using this form. He mostly crushed his enemy with his Force-combined brute strength.
Anakin’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano, also used the Shien form. She was the only Jedi who appeared on screen and used a reverse Shien fighting style. She wielded two lightsabers and held both in reverse grip style.
Master Yoda is also a famous name who mastered Shien & Djem So. He preferred to use Ataru, but he mastered all the seven lightsaber forms, including Shien and Djem So.
Count Dooku was a master of Makashi form, but he learn both Ataru and Shien & Djem So, like Yoda. He even trained General Grievous and IG-100 guards in Shien & Djem So form.