|Form VI: Niman|
For superior balance, use the Niman form. This form has no specific strengths, but no weaknesses either.—Kavar, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Is Form VI the most worthy of study? No, but in general it is the most practical.
Form VI attempted to balance all elements of lightsaber combat, combining the techniques from Forms that came before into a less intensely demanding combat style. In practice, Form VI was a combination of older forms (Forms I, III, IV, and V), and all of them in moderation. In the blending, much of the individuality was lost, but the strengths were spread evenly, and there was little weakness in it. Due to its "jack-of-all-trades" nature, the success of this form was largely dependent on the practitioner's intuition, improvisation, and creativity in combat rather than the rote responses derived from other forms. This broad generalization made Form VI well suited for diplomats, as they could spend their time training in the areas of politics and negotiation instead of combat training.
It is often referred to as the diplomat's form because it is less intensive in its demands than other disiplines, allowing Jedi to spend more time developing their skills in perception political strategy, and negotiation.
Niman was not a weak form. While many other lightsaber forms bolstered the wielder's abilities in one area, while leaving him vulnerable in others, Niman was capable in all situations but had no dramatic strengths. It provided no edge in battle, but achieved its worth in not leaving its wielder as exposed as some of the more aggressive forms. Its strength was its balance. The form was also considered a basis for more 'unorthodox' fighting, as Jedi who used it were less frequently using automatic reflex than constantly thinking and often had time to invent unusual strategies for combat. It also provided a decent defense versus enemy Force powers and blaster fire.
Sometimes, sparring with another one could achieve a state of meditation, and the Niman form was one of the best such techniques. Its great strength was the way it allowed the Force to flow through its practitioner, revitalizing him even in the middle of combat. The philosophy of Form VI was "the leaf swept in the winds of the Force." Users of this lightsaber form achieved a mindset of one who was not troubled by their surroundings, but simply rode the current of the surrounding turmoil, being well-balanced within.
Form VI, also called Niman, is the current standard in lightsaber training.
The form was named after Niman, the twin trinities of Kashi gods. Its forerunners were both two-bladed styles, one developed by the Royale Machetero of Kashi Mer, and the other the original Jar'Kai, develped by the Yovshin Swordsmen. It was adapted by the Legions of Lettow after the Great Schism into current Jar'Kai form of combat. Form VI was in turn adapted from Jar'Kai.
It remains unknown how common Niman was in ancient times, but several Jedi masters were known to have practiced the form, Zez-Kai Ell, Vrook Lamar, and Kavar being among their number. The style was even utilized by the Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Exar Kun.
By the time of the Clone Wars and the following Jedi purge, Form VI was the standard form within the Jedi Order. This combat discipline was often referred to as the "diplomat's form." Unfortunately, all of the Form VI practitioners at the Battle of Geonosis were killed. As a result, full masters of other lightsaber forms sometimes considered Form VI to be insufficiently demanding.
The Jedi Council maintains that Form VI best suits the role of contemporary Jedi Knights. After all, a Jedi Knight who is overly trained in martial combat might be at a loss to resolve a complex political conflict or a sensitive trade disagreement.
Some of the most prolific masters of the style during the ancient times included the Sith Lord Exar Kun and the Jedi Masters Zez-Kai Ell, Vrook Lamar, and Kavar. Another practitioner was the Sith Blademaster Kas'im, who mastered it along with the other six forms. Johun Othone, the former Padawan of Lord Hoth, prominently used this form to survive the various battles of the Ruusan campaign, though a decade later, as a result of laxed training, he used it to a more limited effect during combat, nearly being beaten in an attempted kidnapping and hindering the efforts of Sarro Xaj in their duel with Darth Zannah.
While Niman was not a weak form, it proved ineffective in the pitched combat of the Clone Wars, as demonstrated during the Battle of Geonosis, where all Form VI practitioners died. Among these unfortunate casualties were Sarrissa Jeng, Sar Labooda, and Joclad Danva.
Darth Sidious' Sith apprentice, Darth Maul was also a Niman practitioner, having learned the form during years of intense training at the hands of his Master. Count Dooku appeared to have enough knowledge in the style to train the Kaleesh cyborg Grievous in it, as well as Grievous's IG-100 MagnaGuard bodyguards. Obi-Wan Kenobi was known to have utilized some of the styles stances in combat.
Jedi Master Cin Drallig was considered the most prolific instructor of Form VI, as he was of the five forms below it, teaching Niman to thousands of students during his Jedi career. However, despite his mastery of the style, he was easily cut down by Darth Vader's use of Form V during the Great Jedi Purge.
Despite the limited battlefield benefits provided by Form VI, it remained in use up until and beyond the ressurgence and takeover of the Galactic Empire, a notable practitioner being the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Krayt.
Behind the scenesEdit
In the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the Jedi Masters could teach the Jedi Exile the Niman form only if she was a Jedi Sentinel or the Sentinel's corrresponding prestige classes, the Jedi Watchman or Sith Assassin.
It was speculated that Coleman Trebor was a practitioner of this form since he was quickly killed by Jango Fett and since he was described as being a "diplomat." However, it has been stated that he focused on Form III.
While Darth Sidious is believed to be a Form IV user, no source has confirmed his lightsaber form. Due to comments from Nick Gillard that Sidious has been shown to use several different forms proficiently, it is possible that he has mastered most of them, including Form VI.
Niman, along with the other lightsaber forms, appears in Star Wars: Galaxies as part of moves and techniques employable by Jedi characters. This has not definitively been clarified to be canonical. 
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Darth Bane: Rule of Two
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
- Labyrinth of Evil
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Jedi vs. Sith: Essential Guide to the Force
- Order 66: Destroy All Jedi
- Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fightsaber: Jedi Lightsaber Combat
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Order 66: Destroy All Jedi
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Labyrinth of Evil
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Threats of the Galaxy
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Darth Bane: Rule of Two
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- ↑ Jedi vs Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
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- ↑ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Legacy Era Campaign Guide
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