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It is widely known that the seventh form of lightsaber combat is said to be the most appropriate for a Sith warrior. But is it truly? Do the foundations of Juyo, or those of Vaapad, correspond with the core of being a Sith?

First of all let's examine what is so unique in the seventh form and what makes it so different from the other six forms of lightsaber combat: that most people point at it, whenever asked for a Sith form. It is said that immersion in the seventh form opens the gates that restrain one's inner darkness. To use it, a warrior must allow himself to enjoy the fight, he must give himself over to the thrill of battle, the rush of winning. It is a path that leads through the penumbra of the Dark Side... Clearly a path as far from Jedi philosophy, as it can ever be. But does it automatically mean that it is a Sith way?

Let's stop here, and ask what does it actually mean to be a Sith. Is it only about the Dark Side and the power, that comes with it? Or is there something more? I dare to say that it is just a tip of the iceberg, which narrow minded Jedi understand. They usually do not comprehend the true nature of the Sith. But if they finally do - they become one themselves. The truth is that it is all about control. The mind over matter. The influence over other, weaker beings - the ability to impose on them one's rule. But most of all, the triumph of a Sith's sheer will over the Force. The ability to bend reality and the eternal laws of nature to the ways that a Sith sees fit.

Knowing that, let's go back to the seventh form of lightsaber combat and find out about its second aspect - the unpredictability. A Jedi Master and the Order's Battlemaster - Cin Drallig - once said that user of the seventh form overwhelms opponents with seemingly unconnected staccato of sequences and it makes him highly unpredictable in battle. Also recalling the words of Master Yoda - dangerous it is, for its master as well as its opponent. And why is that? Because a warrior submerged in the seventh form, no longer truly exists as an independent being. He lets his body handle the battle without the intervention of his mind. What else is it, as loss of control and and total denial of being a Sith?
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