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Jedi Training for SW:E

Training Regime

Level 1 Training

  • Pass tests of balance, endurance, climbing, jumping, and swimming.
  • Learn and understand the Jedi Code and the tenets.
  • Train and master basic centering exercises.
    • Train and master the Pushfeather game.
    • Train and master using the Silent Meditation technique.
    • Train and master a basic Mental Maze.
    • Train and master a more advanced Mental Maze.
    • Train and master an advanced Mental Maze.
  • Train and master basic use of a lightsaber, such as the deflection of blaster bolts.

Level 2 Training

Level 3 Training

Level 4 Training

Level 5 Training

Basic Training Aids

Mental Maze

A mental maze was a toy used to help train Jedi younglings in the use and manipulation of the Force. They were metal spheres of varying sizes which a person would project part of their self into. The smaller the sphere, the more complicated it would be to get out of; however, once a youngling got the hang, it could be easy.

Pushfeather

Push-feather was a game created by the Jedi for the purpose of developing the Force sensitivities of their young students. The idea of this game was for a student to move a feather with the Force. The purpose of this game was to attune a student to the slightest changes in balance and pressure. It taught students that it was often better to use an opponent's own energy against him or her rather than blocking the opponent's energy with greater energy.

Silent Meditation

Silent Meditation was one of the many meditative techniques found in the Jedi Order at the time of the Clone Wars (other forms included "tidal breathing" and the common seven-second relaxation technique). Taught to young pupils by the wise Master Yoda, the centering exercise was described as thus:

"Eyes half closed, tongue curled up to just touch the roof of the mouth: the Force running in a wheel from the top of one's head, spilling down through one's spine, then the marrow of one's thighbones, then draining from the pressure point in the soles of the feet to discharge."

Countless students have used this technique, often in dangerous situations, such as while on an enemy planet shrouded in the dark side of the Force.

The Jedi Code

There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.

Meaning of the Code

  • There is no emotion, there is peace
    Emotions are a natural part of living. As the great sagas have shown us, Jedi are not immune to feeling emotions. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Master Yoda both openly express their sorrow when they discover the death of younglings at the newly-appointed Darth Vader's hand. This tenet is not to say that emotion does not exist but that it ought to be set aside. Emotions must be understood first, and it is a young Jedi's duty to explore his feelings. Unless a Jedi can confront his thoughts and feelings, he will never achieve peace. Emotions, then, are not to be overcome or denied, but rather understood and dealt with. A'Sharad Hett reminds the young Anakin Skywalker of this during their campaigns together during the Clone Wars. Hett points out that Anakin's anger is understandable, but he must face it. This tenet could be modified to read "Emotion cannot take away my peace."
  • There is no ignorance, there is knowledge
    A Jedi must be circumspecting and try to understand the world that is surrounding him. That ignorance does not exist is, of course, a flat-out lie or gross misunderstanding. Ignorance is a part of life but it must not be feared. For more knowledge to light their way, the Jedi Temple Archives contains possibly the single largest source of information in the galaxy, but this tenet also reminds the Knight that knowledge can be taken from the most unusual places. The great Master Yoda demonstrated this to the young Luke Skywalker on Dagobah when he acted like a fool, and when he acted childish in front of younglings. This performance was meant to teach Luke and the younglings the simple fact: even the foolish can be wise. Indeed, while instructing younglings, Master Yoda was often heard to remark that "Truly wonderful the mind of a child is." This tenet is what gives the Jedi his open mind and ability to accept what other beings would tend to see as unacceptable. In other words, this tenet points out that often a Jedi must use not only his rational mind but also his intuitive mind in order to ascertain the truth of a situation. This tenet is embodied by Qui-Gon Jinn's statement to Anakin Skywalker to "feel, don't think." Dexter Jettster would further demonstrate this notion: "I should think you Jedi would have more respect for the difference between knowledge and wisdom."
  • There is no passion, there is serenity
    This tenet is essentially a repetition of the first. But this refers more directly to situations of extreme stress in which a Jedi might be tempted to react strongly. That a Jedi must draw his weapon only in defense is an expression of this tenet. While emotions and intuition must be understood and utilized in a Jedi's daily life, he must never act rashly. Passionate use of power leads to the dark side. A Jedi must always act with a calm hand and an even temper.
  • There is no chaos, there is harmony
    This statement reflects the cosmology of the Jedi Order. Whereas uninitiated beings see the universe as a chaotic and disconnected place, a Jedi realizes that all things are interconnected and, more importantly, interdependent. While an uninitiated being sees sorrow and tragedy in the workings of the universe, through the Force, a Jedi is able to interpret and understand even the most painful of life's events. Without this cosmology, surely the first tenets of the Jedi Code would be meaningless. After all, how could one possibly forsake love and compassion if he did not understand the truth of the universe: there is no chaos, there is harmony. Every event has a purpose. As the great Jedi Master Yoda told Anakin Skywalker once, "Death is a natural part of life." Minor inconveniences such as failure, disappointment, and disagreement are also inevitable and should be taken in stride. Jedi do not deny the fact that tragic and terrible things happen; they merely point out that tragedy is simply another part of life.

Without this tenet, all other tenets of the Jedi Code would be meaningless.

  • There is no death, there is the Force
    A Jedi, like many ancient feudal knights of various empires, must always be ready for death. As a warrior not only in combat but also in day-to-day life, it is easy to fail and fall. As Qui-Gon Jinn pointed out to the young Anakin Skywalker, it is quite possible to kill a Jedi, and it happens often. The sense of loss is often even greater for one who feels it with the Force. Death, however, is not a tragedy and is merely a part of the life cycle. Without death, life could not exist. This tenet represents a darker side of the Jedi Order, the side that accepts, indeed embraces, death, rot and corruption of corporeal forms. As such, Jedi do not fear death nor do they mourn it overmuch; a Jedi, after all, must celebrate death if he is to also celebrate life. While sources disagree on this point, it is noteworthy to point out that this tenet does not support vegetarianism among the Jedi but, some scholars argue, it does in fact support omnivorism among Jedi.

Other tenets

  • The Jedi are the guardians of civilization, yet must not allow civilization to destroy needlessly.
  • A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for aggression or personal gain.
  • The lightsaber is the symbol of the members of the Jedi Order.
  • Jedi respect one another and all life forms.
  • Jedi must put the needs of the community above the needs of individuals.
  • A Jedi must protect the weak and defenseless from evil.
  • Jedi must always cooperate in battle or crisis.
  • Jedi must not have wants; self-reliance must be shown.
  • Jedi are forbidden from ruling others.
  • A Jedi Master may not have more than one Padawan.
  • A Jedi will not kill an unarmed opponent.
  • A Jedi will not take revenge.
  • A Jedi does not cling to the past.
  • The Jedi do not believe in killing their prisoners.

Following the Code

  • Self-discipline
    • Conquer arrogance
    • Conquer overconfidence
    • Conquer defeatism
    • Conquer stubbornness
    • Conquer recklessness
    • Conquer curiosity
    • Conquer aggression
    • Conquer external loyalties
    • Conquer materialism
  • Responsibility
    • Practice honesty
    • Honor your promise
    • Honor your Padawan
    • Honor your Master
    • Honor the Jedi Council
    • Honor the Jedi Order
    • Honor the Law
    • Honor life
  • Public service
    • Duty to the Republic
    • Render aid
    • Defend the weak
    • Provide support

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