The double lightsaber technique, called Jar’Kai in the Star Wars franchise, is an advanced approach that many force users spend years mastering.

Double lightsaber combat, sometimes referred to as Jar’Kai, is a technique that has been used by many Force users throughout the Star wars franchise. The double lightsaber fight was first seen during Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and since then many characters in the canon have attempted to master such an advanced approach. Jar’Kai is a very effective lightsaber technique, although when used by untrained people it can be more deadly to the user than to their enemy.

Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and assassin Asajj Ventress are arguably the most notable Jar’Kai practitioners in canon today. They each use the double lightsaber technique in different ways, using different shapes of lightsaber depending on their expertise, choosing to reverse their grip on one or both sabers, or using a shorter blade (Shoto) in the left hand. In fact, little is known about the origins of Jar’Kai at this time, although canon literature continues to develop, the art form will surely receive more attention soon.


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The technique was first called “Jar’Kai”, in the mobile game: Star Wars: Galactic Defense. While not one of the seven forms of lightsaber combat, Jar’Kai is a technique that can be used in conjunction with these forms. Using two lightsabers is a skill that many Force users train, but only a few really master. Many of these Jar’Kai experts are some of the best lightsaber duelists in the world. Star wars frankness, and their commitment to the approach made them very formidable opponents.

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Jar’Kai likely derives its name from the town of Jar’Kai on the planet Atrisia, which has been reintroduced into the Star wars cannon in Star Wars Propaganda: A Persuasive Art History in the Galaxy (2016). Jar’Kai is an advanced fighting technique that can be learned and perfected over a long period of time. Those who focus on the lightsaber duel tend to become the most invested in learning the Jar’Kai technique. For this reason, it is likely that this approach was more commonly used during the High Republic era, when many Jedi and Sith roamed the galaxy.

Many Force users have found ways to incorporate their own favorite lightsaber shapes while using two lightsabers. While Jar’Kai mostly finds himself rooted in the Niman lightsaber form, the approach lends itself quite well to Ataru, with his more aggressive and broad approach. Ahsoka Tano is known to use Djem So, a variant of the V-form, in which she holds her lightsaber freehand in an inverted grip. Meanwhile, Asajj Ventress had found a way to incorporate the Makashi form by wielding two lightsabers, likely influenced by his master, Count Dooku, in this case due to his skill in practicing this form.

Star wars writers will surely continue to explore the Jar’Kai combat technique as the canon continues to expand. With Disney + ‘s Ahsoka series on the horizon, there is no doubt that double lightsaber fights will be prevalent in the future. As the saga continues, perhaps more will be learned about the strengths and weaknesses of the Jar’Kai combat technique.

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