Unarmed combat

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"You were at Galidraan…tell me, how did one mere man kill so many of your kind?"
"With his bare hands."
―Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus, speaking about Jango Fett[src]

A Wookiee defeats a stormtrooper in unarmed combat

Unarmed combat, martial arts, or hand-to-hand combat was a type of fighting employed in close quarters and in which no weapons were used. Most species practiced this kind of combat, and a number of sentient species and cultures also developed it into different martial arts proper. A person who practiced martial arts was known as a martial artist, and an expert was called a martial arts master.[1]


"There is no man who is my equal in hand-to-hand combat. Except perhaps, if the stories are true, a Jedi Knight."

The Echani martial art was an unarmed combat discipline known to be taught to military special forces throughout the galaxy.[2] The Jedi also supplemented their skills in lightsaber combat with unarmed combat training.[2] Furthermore, some Force organizations like the Followers of Palawa created their own martial art, the Teräs Käsi.[3] In technologically advanced civilizations, the need to train soldiers in hand-to-hand and melee combat was a result of research breakthroughs in blaster-deflection, such as the personal energy shields.[4] Warlike people such as the Mandalorians trained in a variety of fighting techniques, including unarmed combat;[2] they were known to develop shields which resisted physical attacks.


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