- "Cho mai translates as "to cut off the weapon hand." Because this strike instantly ends an opponent's ability to use a weapon but does not kill, cho mai is always a preferred move in combat."
- ―Cin Drallig
Application and DescriptionEdit
Cho mai was a precision technique as it demonstrated the skill of a swordsman. Considered honorable among Lightsiders, it allowed for a victory by causing minimal physical damage. Darksiders consider the mark to be merciful as such individuals prefer to kill opponents rather than maim.
In lightsaber combat, cho mai was often performed by simply driving the opponents blade aside before cutting at the wrist. Other methods include altering the angle of one's parry to catch the opponent's wrist instead of the blade or sliding the weapon inside an opponent's guard during a bladelock to cut off their hand. An even more vicious method consisted of grabbing the opponent's wrist and holding it in place while cutting it off. Executing cho mai was often a question of recognizing an opening and exploiting it, attacking when the opponent left their weapon hand vulnerable. Jedi Knights commonly used it against blaster-wielding opponents.
In 3951 BBY, aboard the Hammerhead-class cruiser, Harbinger, Darth Sion initiated cho mai against Kreia. During the confrontation between Meetra Surik and Darth Traya, the former used cho mai against her after weakening the Sith Lord.
In 990 BBY, Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Bane applied cho mai on Hetton shortly before finishing him off on Ambria. Shortly afterwords, he severed the weapon hand of Johun Othone while they dueled in Belia Darzu's stronghold.
In 22 BBY, Obi-Wan Kenobi used cho mai against the bounty hunter Zam Wesell when she tried to shoot him in the back in the Outlander Club. Later on, Count Dooku, alias Darth Tyranus, used cho mai against Anakin Skywalker in a duel during the Battle Of Geonosis.
In 21 BBY, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker used cho mai against Tactical Droid TV-94 when he tortured Eeth Koth and during the First Battle of Saleucami. In that same year, he later used cho mai against bounty hunter Twazzi when she tried to punch him.
Later on, Nightbrother Dathomirian Zabrak Savage Opress used cho mai against Tatsu when he called him a coward in a duel. Shortly after, Obi-Wan Kenobi used cho Mai against Savage during the Skirmish on Florrum.
In 19 BBY, Darth Vader assailed a secret meeting of surviving Jedi with the first to die by his blade being the Jedi Knight Sia-Lan Wezz, having been impaled by the Dark Lord before cutting of her hand as she fell dead, adding insult to injury. That same year, Vader utilized cho mai in combination with a lightsaber throw to sever the hand of Bothan Jedi Master Kai Hudorra during the failed ambush at Kestavel.
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- "Fightsaber: Jedi Lightsaber Combat"—Star Wars Insider 62
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III ("Vader, Darth")
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Crosscurrent
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ Darth Bane: Rule of Two
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Massacre"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revival"
- ↑ Star Wars: Purge
- ↑ Star Wars: Dark Times 32: A Spark Remains, Part 5
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Dark Empire
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
- ↑ Legacy of the Force: Tempest
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 3: Broken, Part 3
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 13: Ready to Die