Ahsoka Tano’s lightsaber form is called Form 5, specifically a variant of the form called Djem So, which was taught and inspired during her time as Anakin’s Padawan.
Ahsoka Tano is one of the beloved characters of the Star Wars Universe. Her first introduction to the universe took place during the Clone Wars animated series, which was created by Dave Filoni. When she was first introduced into the universe, her reception was tentative. However, as fans of the universe began to come around to her snarkiness, insecurities, hot-headedness, she became one of the beloved characters.
More so, as she was Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan and destined to eventually battle the infamous Darth Vader. Additionally, Ahsoka storyline within the universe marks one of the first, if not the first, coming-of-age female story arcs featured. The initial animation was voiced by Ashley Eckstein. Her first live action appearance, however, was portrayed by actress Rosario Dawson in the The Mandalorian.
Who is Ahsoka Tano?
The inception of Ahsoka Tano is credited to the Star Wars creators, George Lucas and television and film director, animator and general all-rounder, Dave Filoni. Her initial conception was not the fully realised character of Ahsoka Tano. However, for avid fans of the universe, her inception is related to the character of Ashla, who, in the story, was introduced as the young apprentice of a master named Sendak. Sendak was the master of a ragtag crew working on the fringes of the galaxy.
The aim of the character was to appeal to the young female audience base of Star Wars. While the character of Ashla has remained in the world of the story. Ahsoka Tanos is believed to be the reimagined character which is based on Ashla. The biggest reason suggested for this is the naming principle of Star Wars characters. Lucas is believed to be intentional in naming his characters. Ashla, means the light side of the Force. Therefore, the name would not match the storyline of the hot-headed, snarky apprentice of Anakin, who would eventually work closely with Darth Vader.
However, Ahsoka, is a name believed to reference Ashoka the Great, who was an Indian emperor in the third century who ruled with tyranny. His most prolific sadistic act was creating Ashoka’s Hell, which was a chamber where it was believed people were tortured through lessons that Ashoka had gained after travelling to hell and back. However, after a war that saw over 100 000 people die, it is believed that Ashoka converted to Buddhism, later being known as Ashoka the Righteous. Hence Ashla’s storyline was tweaked and her name was reworded to Ahsoka by screenwriter, Henry Gilroy.
What is Ahsoka Tano’s fighting style?
Considering that Ahsoka was trained by Anakin Skywalker, she was mainly taught to use the lightsaber Form 5 in combat. Ahsoka, specifically learned to use a variant of Form 5 known as the Djem So (gjem-so). A variant of Form 5 favoured by Ahsoka’s master. The focus on this lightsaber style of combat alternates between a strong defence and is followed by a counterattack. Hence, the belief that Djem So also has roots in Form 3 and Form 4 of lightsaber combat; Form 3 due to the offence, and Form 4 due to the defence. The key to an effective Form 5 combination is believed to be being on the offence until the perfect time to strike.
As a result of her lightsaber Djem So combat style, Ahsoka is known for her signature stance of always using two lightsabers. One being a regular lightsaber on her dominant hand, and a shorter lightsaber, known as a shoto blade, in her off hand. Ahsoka’s Djem So preference differs slightly from the more favoured variant of Form 5 known as Shien (shi-en), which is the use of a backward grip on the lightsaber.
Ahsoka combines the Shien with the Djem So. This is as the use of the backward grip gives her extra mobility when using the shoto blade offensively or defensively. Additionally, the unconventional manner in which she holds the blade places her opponents on the backhand, as they need to adapt to her combat style. Moreover, the use of placing the lightsaber at the back gave her extra protection from a blindside attack from the back.