The dual saber style of Jar'Kai permits a Jedi to fight with two lightsabers, one in each hand, as seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones when Anakin Skywalker dueled Makashi-user Count Dooku. One of the blades in the wielder's hands is used for attacking while the other one is used for defending, such as parrying, or for more offensive power. Often, the Jedi wields a short lightsaber (very rarely referred to as a "lightdagger") as a main-gauche instead of a normal lightsaber to gain more balance. This technique was possibly inspired by Kendo's "Nito-ryu" fighting style, which also uses both a short and long sword, and the Japanese art of Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, famous for making dual sword techniques integral to its style. In the book Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, Master Maruk says those who practice dual sword wield have a tendency to rely too deeply on their swords-
Jar'Kai was first used by Xendor and the Legions of Lettow for the obvious reason that two blades would be more aggressive (the same rationale later adopted by Sith like Darth Maul for using Exar Kun's invention, the dual-bladed lightsaber). Its name, Niman, is even inspired by the triumvirate of Kashi gods of Xendor's old human planet Kashi [this last sentence, although referenced, does not have a connection to the above about Jar'Kai.

Many Jedi train to use the Niman style in the hopes of gaining a basic knowledge of the dual-bladed attack, but very few Jedi ever totally master Jar'Kai. Serra Keto, Sora Bulq, Asajj Ventress, Komari Vosa, Darth Revan's Force Ghost, A'Sharad Hett and Joclad Danva (who can be seen wielding two lightsabers in the background during the Battle of Geonosis), the Dark Jedi Boc, the Dark Underlord (unusual for using obsolete alchemically enhanced Sith swords), and the Emperor's Hand Jeng Droga are all practitioners of Jar'Kai (Count Dooku, while occasionally seen in promotional material wielding two blades, states in Labyrinth of Evil that he dislikes using multiple blades).


Known Practitioners in {JoF}:

Aldro Koon using Jar'Kai against Ghajnm

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