In lightsaber combat, cho mai was the act of cutting off an opponent's weapon hand.
The cho mai was considered honorable among the Jedi, as it showed respect to an opponent by causing minimal physical damage, but it also demonstrated the skill and mastery of the Jedi in question. The strike was considered merciful by Darksiders, as such individuals usually prefered to kill opponents rather than maim.
In lightsaber combat, cho mai was often performed by simply driving the opponents blade aside before cutting at the wrist, as Darth Vader demonstrated against Luke Skywalker on Bespin. A more defensive application is simply altering the angle of one's parry to catch the opponent's wrist rather than the blade when he attacked, a method Obi-Wan Kenobi applied against Grievous during their duel on Utapau. Kenobi also applied a somewhat more aggressive method when he slid his blade inside Grievous' guard during a bladelock and cut off the cyborg's hand. An even more vicious method consisted of simply grabbing the opponents wrist and holding it in place while cutting it off, as Anakin Skywalker demonstrated against Dooku onboard the Invisible Hand, removing both of the Sith Lord's hands.
However, executing the cho mai was oftentimes more a question of recognizing an opening and exploiting it, simply attacking when the opponent left their weapon hand vulnerable. Darth Traya was victimized by such cunning opponents on two seperate occasions, losing both hands. Such was usually the case against blaster wielding opponents.
In 19 BBY, Darth Vader assailed a secret meeting of surviving Jedi. The first to die by his blade was the Jedi Knight Sia-Lan Wezz, having been impaled by the Dark Lord. He then executed a cho mai strike as she fell dead, adding insult to injury.
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