One of the best lightsaber duelists in the Star Wars galaxy, Obi-Wan Kenobi also owes his survival to his ability to drastically change his fighting styles depending on the opponent, as in Episode I and III. Explanations.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, we imagine that you’ve been glued to your screen for some time (more or less) watching the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, broadcast on Disney+, where the Jedi master finds (among other things) the one who was once his apprentice.
In the Star Wars saga, Obi-Wan has proven himself to be one of the greatest lightsaber duelists. In Episode I, he managed to defeat the yet very powerful Sith Lord Darth Maul. In Episode III, he ended up killing General Grievous. And, further, managed to gain the upper hand over Anakin by inflicting a severe defeat on him during their duel on the planet Mustafar.
Below, for fun, a little excerpt from the duel in episode I…
The ultra fans certainly know the anecdote, but not the laymen. Obi-Wan has actually changed his lightsaber fighting style.
Initiated in the Jedi arts of combat by his master Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), Obi-Wan was trained in a style of combat dubbed “form IV”, known as Ataru, which is characterized by a very aggressive and very fast fighting style. Little focused on defense, this style of combat, used by his master, will be fatal to the latter, against Darth Maul. In the wake of this fight, Obi-Wan changed his style by adopting a more defensive posture, called “form III” or Soresu.
Although the change is obviously not made explicit in the film, it was however highlighted in an issue (62) of the review Star Wars Insider dated October 2002, in which the author David West Reynolds precisely returned to the seven different forms of combat with the lightsaber.
In his article titled Fight Saber: Seven Deadly Forms of Combathe thus explained that the transition to the style Soresu allows Obi-Wan to become an expert at parrying and deflecting enemy blows, highlighting his ability to survive with this style during the Clone Wars.
It is therefore this fighting style that helps him defeat Anakin in Episode III, who uses a very aggressive style. Fascinating all the same to see how the Star Wars universe is ultra codified, and that everything, or almost, has a meaning.