Vaapad is the older than Shien by only a few years.
In the same way Obi Wan returned from Naboo to report
of Qui Gon's death by the saber staff of Darth Maul, he voiced his concern,
shared but unmentioned by Yoda and his protégé Mace Windu, that it was obvious
the many Jedi trained in Soresu would not be prepared to face the new Sith
Determined to build a form to face the threat of the
confirmed saber staff wielding Sith, and whatever else may arise, Yoda and
Windu began to formulate and systematize Vaapad.
As to be expected, a system developed by Yoda will
have a name more poetic than literal. Vaapad means to struggle against the
unknown. It was a system of fighting for an unknown enemy.
Also known as the Patient Form or Way of the Bantha
(large hairy mammoth beast used to transport large cargo, long distances)
Vaapad took considerably longer to teach and was still in process of design
when all efforts stopped.
Not knowing the source of training Darth Maul
received, or where, it was a form of questioning the unknown.
Vaapad was built as they faced new challenges. The
goal was to have a form prepared for saber staff, Makashi masters, four armed
cyborg monsters and who ever the mysterious Darth Sideous may be.
The next generation of Jedi would be more suited than
any before for whatever the future held.
Unfortunately very little of this form was ever seen.
The only exception was Mace Windu's confrontation and attempted arrest of
Based on Yoda's earlier encounter with Dooku, where
he had to use Force Absorb against Dooku's surprise attack of force lightening,
Mace Windu had been prepared for the possibility he may also have to defend the
Not knowing Force Absorb, Mace Windu was still ready
to receive the full Sith master's attack on his blade.
Mace Windu is the only example available for Vaapad,
and the battle above is the only example of its application at work there is on
Yoda and Windu planned to keep Vaapad secret until it
was finished, and they had a class of Initiates who had completed Shii Cho, and
were ready to begin the long exposure to Vaapad. Not knowing who could be
trusted even among their own ranks they worked in secret.
Before any could ever learn this form, Mace Windu was
killed and Anakin murdered the entire population of the Jedi Academy on
Corisant. In a matter of hours all the work that went into Vaapad was lost. All
that was left was stored in the Jedi archives, the system as it was up to that
point, recorded by Yoda and Windu for later instruction.
Yoda could have begun Luke on Vaapad on Dagoba, but
time was short, to short to bother finishing the last parts of a form, mostly
recorded already, and by that time unnecessary.
All the cards had been played; there were no more
Palpatine was public, and Vader was his disciple.
Palpatine would attempt to corrupt Luke to kill Vader and take his place. Vader
would attempt to convince Luke to join him and overthrow Palpatine.
Luke's training would be one of character; to deny
both, and be willing to care enough for the relationship he lost with his
father to be willing to be martyred, to in fact be Niman.
In doing this it was Yoda's hope Anakin would remember
the woman he loved more than his Jedi oath, and that would awaken his detached
heart to act to save Luke and destroy the Emperor.
Yoda was wise in all things.
What is known about Vaapad is that it is a Kai form,
like Jar Kai, but it is not transmitted through Jar, it is taught by the
There is an attacker and victor of each exchange.
This is also the only form to have attacks from the
other weapon styles. Each other form is transmitted against opponents using the
To learn Vaapad there must be a proficiency in the
other forms to mimic the necessary attack for each Djem.
Also the two swords in Vaapad do not match, as in the
case of Jar Kai. The left hand sword, Moon arm, holds the shorter Shoto Shien
style blade. The Sun arm holds the standard length blade.
Both blades point forward, no reverse grip is used in