shien1 “The way of the Krayt Dragon”, form five, Shien (Shee-n) is perhaps the most well known Light Saber form. Also know as The Pereseverence form, Shien was developed from Soresu and harmonizes with Ataru and Makashi. Not as acrobatics as form four, form five shares many of the tight movements of form three. Shien is the first hybrid form of Light Saber combat and is one of the most versatile and adaptive. Though Shien focuses on deflection it does however possess strong saber to saber applications.

   Like Ataru, Shien has two distinct expressions. It’s second expression is that of Djem So. Where Shien’s focus is on deflection, Djem So’s main application is saber to saber combat and immediate counter attack. Keeping with the philosophy of Shien the Djem So variant utilizes the fluid reposte. The maneuvers are designed to turn an opponent’s energy and attacks against them, answering an attack with power, force, and strength. The philosophy of form five is to dominate your opponent with overwhelming force. Shien may share the aggression of Ataru, however Djem So is about strength and power. The model Shien / Djem So stylist is former Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

darth vader

   Shien / Djem So training has the following elements; drawing in, power generation, reverse grip variations, fluid movement training, heavy dueling, feints, maneuvers, Jar’Kai level two, strength and conditioning, Shien Dulon and concepts.