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Shii Cho

Cho is first in a series, also refers to a horizontal cut because the symbol for #1 or 1st is a single horizontal line: "-"

Shii means stance, position, or posture

Shii Cho is first position, the first stance any Jedi initiate must learn. Also known as the Determination Form or the Way of the Sarlaac. Roughly every Force User was taught this Form when first handed a lightsaber. This form is well balanced between offensive and defensive exchange, but requires little footwork, thus the reference to the Sarlaac, a powerful and deadly creature once one accidentally falls into its den. 

The Shii posture of Shii Cho is ironically a vertical position with the lightsaber. Held to right side by the right ear, the lightsaber is vertical. The arms tuck to the ribs so as to not be flared out where they are exposed to the opponent. 

The body is bladed sideways with the left side toward the opponent and the feet are spread slightly wider than the shoulder width. The weight is balanced between both feet so movement can be quick without sacrificing the wide base necessary to strike powerfully. 

The feeling of Shii Cho is one of observation. Keeping you full attention on the opponent to be ready to respond accordingly to any attack, or to attack if the opportunity presents itself.

Shii Cho is a So form, meaning one saber or single weapon. It can be gripped with both hands, or just the right hand, but blade can only be forward, no reverse grip at this stage.

Shii Cho is transmitted by way of the Jar, a series of attacks and defenses strung together in an interactive way that two students can follow the pattern in an infinite flow drill exchange. The first eight Jars are six counts, three defensive blocks, or Cortai and three attacks. 

There are two introductory Jars that are used with younger students to first identify the terminology of a few basic cuts and to practice the formation and timing of these basic cuts in pair. 

Sai Mok, Sweep Mok Jar

Moon Sai Mok, Sun Sai Mok

Moon Sweep Mok, Sun Sweep Mok

Sweep Mok, Sai Mok Jar

Moon Sweep Mok, Sun Sweep Mok

Moon Sai Mok, Sun Sai Mok

 

Next there are four Jars that make up the core of Shii Cho. They are identified by the zone under attack and defended. Sectional lines separate the body into zones left and right sides, and high, middle, and low. There are six zones; high left, high right, middle left, middle right, low left, and low right. The four Jars are labeled; left high, right high, left high-low, and right high-low or Moon Cha, Sun Cha, Moon Cha-Tai, and Sun Cha-Tai. 

Moon Cha Jar

Moon Cha Cortay Moon Sai Mok

Moon Cha Cho Orbital Moon Mai Cortay

Sun Cha Cortay Sun Sai Mok

Sun Cha Jar

Sun Cha Cortay Sun Sai Mok

Sun Cha Cho Orbital Sun Mai Cortay

Moon Cha Cortay Moon Sai Mok

Moon Cha-Tai Jar

Moon Cha Cortay Moon Sai

Moon Sai Mok Orbital Moon Mai Cortay

Sun Tai Cortay Sun Mai Cho

Sun Cha-Tai Jar

Sun Cha Cortay Sun Sai

Sun Sai Mok Orbital Sun Mai Cortay

Moon Tai Cortay Moon Mai Cho 

The next sets of four Jars are very similar to the first, but they include a thrust attack or Shiak. They are labeled by what zone the thrust attacks, left middle, right middle, left high, or right high. The Jars are Labled: Moon Mai Shiak, Sun Mai Shiak, Moon Cha Shiak, and Sun Cha Shiak. 

Moon Mai Shiak Jar

Moon Mai Cortay Moon Sai Mok Orbital

Sun Mai Cho Sun Sai Beskar

Moon Tai Cortay Mai Shiak

Sun Mai Shiak Jar

Sun Mai Cortay Sun Sai Mok

Mai Shiak Sun Tai Cortay

Moon Tai Cortay Moon Mai Cho

Moon Cha Shiak Jar

Sun Mai Cortay Sun Sai Mok Orbital

Moon Cha Shiak Moon Mai Cortay

Sun Tai Cortay Sun Sweep Mok

Sun Cha Shiak Jar

Moon Mai Cortay Moon Sai Mok

Sun Cha Shiak Sun Mai Cortay

Sun Tai Phrik Moon Tai Cho 

The last four Jars are more than six counts and use all the Cortai and attacks of the first four. These Jars are named after the two Jedi who engineered them as a teaching tool to bring all the positions into a fluid whole. The Field?s Moon, Field?s Sun, Shield?s Moon, and Shield?s Sun makes up the total fourteen Jars of Shii Cho. 

Field's Moon Jar

Moon Cha Cortay Moon Sai Mok

Moon Cha Cho Orbital Moon Mai Cortay

Sun Sai Beskar Sun Mai Cho

Mai Shiak Moon Tai Cortay

Sun Cha Cortay Sun Sai Mok

Field's Sun Jar

Sun Cha Cortay Sun Sai Mok

Sun Cha Cho Orbital Sun Mai Cortay

Moon Tai Cortay Mai Shiak

Sun Mai Cho Sun Sai Beskar

Moon Cha Cortay Moon Sai Mok

Shield's Moon Jar

Moon Mai Cortay Moon Sai Mok Orbital

Sun Mai Cho Sun Tai Cortay

Moon Tai Cortay Moon Mai Cho

Sun Sai Mok Sun Cha Cortay

Moon Cha Cortay Moon Sai

Shield's Sun Jar

Sun Mai Cortay Sun Sai Mok Orbital

Moon Mai Cho Moon Tai Cortay

Sun Sai Beskar Sun Mai Cho

Moon Sai Mok Moon Cha Cortay

Sun Cha Cortay Sun Sai

Kylo Ren is the most well known Shii Cho stylist. This may be due in part to his early abandonment of his formal Jedi training, and in turn joining the ranks of the Knights of Ren. Had he pursued his training further no doubt he would have come to also master one of the later saber forms


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