Within SiFi canon, Jar’Kai (J-aar K-eye) was originally developed by a Yovshin swordsman of Atressia, the ancient city where dual blade fencing was created. The contemporary form was called Niman, not specifically related to Niman the sixth classical Light Saber Dulon. However it was stated that the practice of Jar’Kai was found within Niman. Adopted by the Legions of Latou, Jar’Kai was soon incorporated into the Niman formula. This makes Jar’Kai a personal favorite of Dark side swordsmen. Recently Jar’Kai has become a blanket term used to describe dual Light Saber fencing combat and tactics, commonly now introduced in form four, Ataru. Today there are many who believe that the Jar’Kai fighting method is another Dulon. This is incorrect, Jar’Kai is more of an expression of a Dulon formula.

   Though used by many, Jar’Kai was predominately  practiced by many Dark siders. There are many variations of Jar’Kai sword play. Many choose to wield two Shoto blades yet there are some who fight with two standard length blades. Another variant is a standard blade paired with a Shoto used in the non-dominate hand. Furthermore the reverse grip is also favored. Jar’Kai can also be implemented with sabers as well as the Saberstaff.

   Jar’Kai is excellent for multiple opponents and offers an extra attack or defensive option. The use of the secondary weapon involves the redirecting of an opponent’s weapon. Moving the weapon offline allows you to counter with your primary saber. Yet Jar’Kai requires greater skill for power and precision  are weakened for one fights single handed. Also this method of sword combat, the wielding of two sabers, is difficult and often one becomes reliant upon the weapons sacrificing other combat methods. A Jar’Kai specialist must always be mindful off ALL blades during combat.

   Expressing real world applications, Jar’Kai is closely related to many stick fighting and weapon based martial arts. This also includes variations of rapier and dagger sword fencing. There have been many masters throughout history, in many cultures around the world. Perhaps the most famous is Japanese sword saint Miamoto Musashi. Many in the A.F.A. elect to use two paired shoto sabers, but this is not mandatory and students are free to explore and express what works best for themselves.

   The AFA formula for Jar’Kai has three distinct levels. Training includes;

  • Dulon applications
  • Striking methods
  • Stances and postures
  • Flourishes
  • Attack angles
  • Weapon variations
  • Dueling