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"Sai cha comes from the ancient words for 'separate' and 'head', and as you might expect it describes the act of using a lightsaber to behead an opponent."
Cin Drallig[1]

Mace Windu using sai cha on Geonosis, beheading Jango Fett.

In lightsaber combat, a sai cha was a rare instance when a Jedi beheaded their opponent. In general, sai cha was reserved for either droids or biological opponents that presented a great danger and resisted non-lethal subduing attacks (such as cho mai). Only individuals like Simus with great strength in the Force were able to survive it, and even in his case it may have been impossible without the particular physiology of the Sith species.

It was one of the lightsaber techniques known as The Marks of Contact.[2]

Notable uses[]

"Do you think you'll still be able to call on the Force after I've separated your head from your body?"
Asajj Ventress to Luminara Unduli[src]

A Jedi beheading a battle droid.

Darth Maul uses Sai cha on a defenseless Pre Vizsla.

Anakin Skywalker uses sai cha on a defenseless Count Dooku.

Behind the scenes[]

Beheading of opponents is normally not available in Star Wars computer games, because of censorship and rating issues. However, in Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, beheading and general dismemberment are possible using the "Saber Realistic Combat" function which is accessible through a cheat code. In some cases, enemies don't even need to be attacked if they are running right toward the player, simply by turning in their direction. It is also available in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.

In the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious kills both Saesee Tiin and Kit Fisto this way, and proceeds to decorate his desk with the deceased Master Fisto's head.[21]

In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "Eminence" and "Shades of Reason," the Cartoon Network airings of the episodes had censored the scenes where Savage Opress and Darth Maul performed sai cha on the Black Sun leadership council and Pre Vizsla, respectively. The cut sequences were restored on the DVD/Blu Ray release.


Sai cha is made possible in Jedi Outcast via the "Saber Realistic Combat" function


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