- "The art of Teräs Käsi is about control and mastery of one's self"
- ―Joclad Danva
Teräs Käsi, or "steel hand" in Basic, was an unarmed combat discipline. It was created sometime prior to 3,678 BBY on the planet Bunduki by the Followers of Palawa, refugees of the planet Palawa, which was devastated earlier in a war somehow involving the Jedi Council. The Followers of Palawa created Teräs Käsi solely to defeat Jedi, and presumably, ensure that another world would never be destroyed by the actions of the Council. The Followers of Palawa studied the Force and Midi-chlorians, even though they themselves were not necessarily force sensitive.
Teräs Käsi enabled a user to develop extreme speed, and an aptitude for anticipating strikes, most notably shown by clone assassins. In addition to this, Teräs Käsi taught non force sensitives how to close their minds to Jedi and Sith, thus protecting themselves from mental based attacks. Teräs Käsi also had a developed set of fighting skills, and Nine Edicts. Some lightsaber duelists used Teräs Käsi techniques in combat, most notably Darth Maul. Jedi Master Anoon Bondara was also a master of Teräs Käsi techniques, which he coupled with his lightsaber ability to duel. Jedi Knight Joclad Danva was also a Teräs Käsi practitioner. Jedi Master Plo Koon was believed to be a Teräs Käsi practitioner as well, since he was a master at hand-to-hand combat. It is not known how Jedi could have been trained in Teräs Käsi, as the Followers of Palawa did not appear to be on friendly terms with the Jedi.
Many of the techniques and attacks of Teräs Käsi were named after various animals around the galaxy, suggesting that practitioners of the martial art took inspiration from the way animals moved.
- Aryx slash was named after the aryx of Cerea.
- Charging Wampa was named after the Wampa of Hoth. The move involved charging at your opponent, attempting to hit them in the jaw, followed by a simultaneous hit of both arms on the opponents neck.
- Dancing Dragonsnake was named after the Dragonsnake of Dagobah.
- Death Weave
- Gorax smash was named after the gigantic gorax species.
- Gronda stomp was named after the Corellian gronda
- Gundark slap was named after the gundark species.
- Leaping veermok was named after the leaping movement of the veermok.
- Nexu Grin was named after the nexu of Cholganna.
- Rancor Rising was named after the rancor of Dathomir.
- Riding Bantha was named after the beast of burden of the the same name.
- Screaming squill was named after the scream of the squill.
- Shenbit bonecrusher blow was named after the shenbit bonecrusher.
- Slashing Wampa was named after the wampa of Hoth.
- Sleeping krayt was named after the dangerous krayt dragon.
- Spitting Rawl was reputed to be the most powerful attack in the arsenal of unarmed combat techniques belonging to a Teräs Käsi Master. It consisted of a sideways flip, bringing one's feet down on the opponent three times before bashing with both fists at the same time in a vertical fashion.
- Steel hands was a technique which was eponymous with the martial art itself.
- Striking Sarlacc was named after the dreaded Sarlacc.
- Anoon Bondara
- Usu Cley
- Clone assassin
- Joclad Danva
- Phow Ji
- Arden Lyn
- Darth Maul
- Celjo Mi
- Zan Pike
- Zu Pike
- Nova Stihl
- Bultar Swan
- Kar Vastor
- Vohu Ohi
- Eaden Vrill
- Neaed Fisto
Behind the scenes
The words teräs käsi are Finnish and mean simply steel hand. However, the phrase "steel hand" in Finnish would be a compound word, therefore forming the single word "teräskäsi."
Teräs Käsi is based on/inspired by a real-life fighting style called Silat.
In Steve Perry's novel The Musashi Flex, a prequel to his Matador book series, Teräs Käsi is briefly mentioned as one of the fighting styles practiced by the novel's main character.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic, Blood of the Empire Act 1: Shades of the Sith
- Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
- Kinect Star Wars (Mentioned only) (Ambiguously canonical source)
- HoloNet News Vol. 531 55 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
- MedStar I: Battle Surgeons
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game
- Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight (Mentioned only)
- "And Leebo Makes Three"—Star Wars Insider 128 (Mentioned only)
- Death Star
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Shadows of the Empire novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi
- Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire toy line
- Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
- "Be the Jedi in Three New LucasArts Games"—Star Wars Insider 36
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive
- Masters of Teräs Käsi: Prima's Official Hints and Tips
- Power of the Jedi Sourcebook
- Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience: Prima Official Game Guide
- Threats of the Galaxy
- Galaxy at War
- Totally 20: The Phantom Menace
Notes and References
- Teräs Käsi Order of Star Wars Galaxies, a Star Wars Galaxies fansite
- Steve Perry discusses his views on Teräs Käsi
- Unlocking the Secrets: A Guide to Role-Playing a Teräs Käsi Artist