- "An elegant way to work around the opponent's offense."
Form II, also known as Makashi, The Way of the Ysalamiri, or The Contention Form, was the second of the seven classic forms of lightsaber combat. Developed for the purpose of lightsaber-to-lightsaber combat, to address the failings of Form I, Makashi was the most duelling-centric of the seven classical forms. Relying on precision and efficiency over Shii-Cho's wild, sweeping motions, Form II allowed an initiate to defend himself against an opponent with minimal effort, while placing a heavy focus on avoiding disarmament.
Makashi is elegant and focused, and is based on balance and footwork to outmaneuver opponents. Fluidity, precision, and economy of motion were applied, rather than strength, with Form II bladework heavily utilizing jabs and light cuts rather than hack and slash movements. The form was at its fore when engaged in combat against a single opponent.