Luke Skywalker loses his hand.
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
lightsaber combat, was the act of cutting off an opponent's weapon hand.
Application and Description Edit
Darth Kruhl uses cho mai against Rikkar-Du. 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.
Notable Examples Edit
5,000 BBY, in their first duel, Saes Rrogon used cho mai on Relin Druur.
3,951 BBY, aboard the Hammerhead-class cruiser, Harbinger; Darth Sion initiated cho mai against Kreia.
confrontation between Meetra Surik and Darth Traya, the former used cho mai against her after weakening the Sith Lord.
990 BBY, Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Bane severed the weapon hand of Johun Othone while they dueled in Belia Darzu's stronghold.
22 BBY, Obi-Wan Kenobi used cho mai against Zam Wesell when she tried to shoot him in the back in the Outlander Club.
22 BBY Jedi Master Mace Windu used cho mai against the bounty hunter Jango Fett shortly before beheading him.
22 BBY, Count Dooku, alias Darth Tyranus, used cho mai against Anakin Skywalker in a duel during the Battle Of Geonosis.
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.
21 BBY Anakin Skywalker used Cho mai against bounty hunter Twazzi when she tried to punch him.
20 BBY Asajj Ventress used Cho mai against General Grievous in the Battle of Dathomir (Clone Wars). She severed on of the general's arms off in an attempt to defeat him but failed.
20 BBY Nightbrother Savage Opress used Cho mai against Tatsu when he called him a coward in a duel.
20 BBY, Obi-Wan Kenobi used Cho Mai against Nightbrother Dathomirian Zabrak Savage Opress the during Skirmish on Florrum.
19 BBY, Anakin Skywalker used cho mai on Darth Tyranus shortly before killing him through on the Separatist flagship Sai cha . Invisible Hand
Battle of Utapau, Obi-Wan used cho mai twice against General Grievous.
At the end of the
Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker again applied cho mai on Mace Windu, as he saw only a brief opportunity to prevent the death of his soon to be his master.
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.
A cho mai maneuver combined with Jung ma
3 ABY, Darth Vader severed Luke Skywalker's right hand during the duel at Cloud City.
4 ABY, Luke Skywalker returned the favor during his rematch with Vader during the Battle of Endor.
10 ABY, a brief but fierce duel, Luke Skywalker proved victorious after cutting off the hand of a reborn Darth Sidious during the Battle of Pinnacle Base.
 Jaden Korr, like his former master Kyle Katarn, was quite skilled in applying cho mai just after winning bladelocks.
Lumiya, the Dark Lady of the Sith, used this technique on Luke Skywalker during their duel at the Roqoo Depot.
Elke Vetter lost her hand to Darth Talon.
Darth Kruhl applied cho mai against Rikkar-Du in between application of two brutal shiim marks. He then killed Rikkar-du.
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