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Ataru means to jump.
Where Djem So calls upon the force to augment
the strength of the user, Ataru uses the force to augment the speed and agility
of its user. An Ataru expert is just as comfortable fighting in the air as they
are on the ground.
The Ataru form requires a great supply of energy to stay airborne and battle at
the same time. The combination of jumping and swinging the saber lends to
unpredictable turns and flips.
Also known as the Aggression Form or the Way of the Hawk-Bat, (raptavian: reptile
and bird hybrid) the athleticism necessary to be effective in this style
normally makes this a young mans form. Even using the force to assist, many an
impressive young Ataru stylist aged out, to favor a form that didn't demand so
much of their endurance to execute.
Ironically the most famous Ataru master is also the oldest Jedi to ever live in
recorded history, the one and only Master Yoda!
The transmission of Ataru is done by way of the dulon. The dulon is a single
person exercise where multiple opponents are imagined and several Djems are
strung together along with various transitions in a combat exercise.
The advantage of the dulon is no partner is needed for training. Ataru
practitioners can become well skilled even spending long periods in exile from
Because of this advantage the dulon has been known to be adopted as a training
exercise for the other forms as well, but in the most classical schools the
dulon is reserved as the means of transmission for Ataru and Juyo forms only.
The disadvantage of the dulon is the combat application of patterns can become
forgotten and the practicality of movements gets exchanged for aesthetic only.
While impressive to watch, the dulon must retain its combat training purpose.