Jeet Thune-Do

( Jeet Thune-Do is presently only practiced by Drake Rylan. He is the only one capable of teaching it. )

Philosophy

Born by Rylan's desire for a lightsaber form that allowed him greater control of a fight's cadence and position through a defensive motive, Jeet Thune-Do is a dangerous art that contradicts many established lightsaber schools. Rylan designed its maneuvers with the idea that a Jedi must not only defend himself, but the space around him, and that by taking responsibility of an opponent's maneuvers he can further establish his own command of the conflict.

First Appearance

Rylan first revealed his progress in Jeet Thune-Do during the daring escape of Darth Imogen from Coruscant. In his brief duel with Celia Zatel, Rylan engaged the Sith Lord in the tight confines of the detention hall and effectively kept her from freeing Imogen for some time. In the stairs, during the pursuit, Rylan used the complicated throws and physical maneuvers to disable several Mandalorian Commandos dispatched by the Sith without maiming or killing them.

—"It's the first time I've seen a lightsaber style that doesn't use the lightsaber all that much." - Tabris Longuine to Drake Rylan. —

Defensive Maneuvers

The existing forms of Lightsaber combat instruct that a defensive guard be established with 3 'rings' or tiers. The third ring is the ideal guard, with each ring progressing closer toward the Jedi and imposing more danger upon him.

Jeet Thune-Do abandons this completely.

According to the mandate of Jeet Thune-Do, the Jedi must accept the consequences of his inability to solve the conflict and his decision to resort to violence. As such, the Jeet Thune-Do establishes that the Jedi's most effective guard is the close guard, and he must insist on fighting in close quarters to ensure his ability to limit accidental damage in combat.

This guard is established not only through swift, powerful parries, but by a series of strikes with the hands, feet, elbows, and knees, to limit the opponent's range of motion and effectively dictate the strength and angle of attacks through body control.

Against multiple opponents, Jeet Thune-Do emphasizes the use of specific strikes on the closest opponent designed to steer him into the path of the others, shielding the Jedi from harm and providing an obstacle in their line of sight to strike around. As before, this form emphasizes combat with multiple opponents to be conducted in perilously close-quarters.

Attacking Maneuvers

When the Jedi attacks through Jeet Thune-Do he is encouraged to do so with enough force to end the contest as quickly as possible. The longer a battle extends the greater the danger for accidental damage to be inflicted, and for the opponent to do more harm to the Jedi or himself through his efforts.

Jeet Thune-Do's attacks are mostly comprised of powerful two-handed blows from uncommon angles and close proximity, essentially challenging the weakest aspect of an opponent's guard in an effort to defeat it. These attacks can be coupled with one-handed probing maneuvers, and chained together should the situation warrant it.

Because Jeet Thune-Do is so heavily based upon defense, however, the Jedi is encouraged to only attack when an opening clearly presents itself and to otherwise focus his energy on dictating his opponent's movements and controlling his opponent's offense until an opening presents itself.

Due to the close proximity between the Jedi and his opponents, the style also has an extensive range of difficult, but elegant throws, trips, tosses, and grapples designed to be effective in lightsaber combat. The Jedi is responsible not only for bringing his opponent down and controlling his blade, but in controlling his own in the course of the throw to avoid accidentally killing his opponent.

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"Jeet Thune-Do"
Style Translation "The Way of the Thune"
Physical Characteristics
Multiple Opponents Strong
Ranged Combat Weak
Unarmed Combat Very Strong
Lightsaber Dueling Very Strong
Prolonged Combat Strong
Acrobatics Weak
Historical Information
Affiliations Jedi
Known Masters Drake Rylan
Known Apprentices None

Philosophical Creed

Defend with Confidence
By inviting the opponent close, the Jedi must remain confident against even the most intense flurries of attack. Confidence allows the Jedi to quietly assert his control on the duel through specific defenses and by baiting his opponent into attacking as he wishes him to.
Strike Assertively
When an opening reveals itself the Jedi must take that opening and end the conflict. Prolonged fights increase the chance of grievous injury to all parties through fatigue and frustration. By committing himself to violence the Jedi has accepted responsibility for these things and fights to combat them.
Command the Conflict
Through powerful defense and confident counters, the Jedi controls the direction and pace of the conflict to suit his goals. The more frantic the assault of his opponent, the better. Confidence is utterly paramount in this style, dictating amongst other things the fight's outcome.

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