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I've always found it interesting how at the beginning Star Wars Episode III, Count Dooku was able to easily beat Obi-wan Kenobi. Soon after knocking out Obi-wan, Dooku was beaten by Anakin Skywalker in one-on-one combat. Yet, at the end of Episode III, after a lengthy battle, Obi-wan was able to defeat Anakin.

My question is, does this triangle of who beats who, have anything to do with the fighting styles each of the Jedi uses? Or maybe in the case of Dooku over Kenobi, and Kenobi over Anakin, would the master generally know what their apprentice's (or apprentice's apprentice) weaknesses are?

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Anakin was defeated because he became too proud of himself. He could of made a safe-jump instead of the artistic one and he would of eventually won against his former master. – Overmind Jul 7 at 11:32
Obiwan also had the high ground, Annikan had to lose. Of the many things from the prequels, high ground always wins and sand sucks are the two that stand out and affect me daily. – Dan Shaffer Jul 7 at 13:35
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You can find out about all the different styles of light saber combat here: Lightsaber Combat

Skywalker specialized in Form V, as the aggressive fighting form was a good match to his bold, confrontational personality type. ... Kenobi himself specialized in Soresu, adopting the style after coming to the conclusion that Ataru's lack of defensive capabilities resulted in Qui-Gon Jinn's death. While the defensive fighting form stood him in good stead against blaster-wielding opponents, his own confrontation with Dooku went less well, as Dooku's precision bladework simply worked around Kenobi's staunch defense

Vader would only find his match in his former master; Kenobi's mastery of defensive Soresu proved to be the perfect foil to Vader's all out offense. In one of the greatest lightsaber duels of their time, Kenobi would give ground before Darth Vader's relentless attack, guiding the battle to a location of his choice and seizing the tactical advantage. Darth Vader was viciously dismembered by Kenobi, and left to die on the shore of a Mustafar lava river.

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That's interesting it says that, when it seemed kenobi didn't actually lose to Dooku via lightsaber combat the second time round, it seemed he lost because Dooku managed to force choke and throw him? – Jared Nov 22 '11 at 4:01
His first confrontation with Dooku led to a stab in the upper arm, effectively disabling him. You're exactly right about the second one; it seems Dooku thought Obi-Wan was beneath him by that point, while he was eager to test himself against the much-improved Skywalker. – KeithS Jan 11 '12 at 1:27
And as for Soresu, the following is from the ROTJ novel: "thus had Ben and Yoda both instructed him: when attacked, fall. Let your opponent's power buffet you as a strong wind topples the grass. In time he will expend himself, and you will still be upright". – KeithS Jan 11 '12 at 1:32

No. Dooku did not penetrate Obi-Wan's defense. As stated, in the ROTS novel, Obi-Wan's Soresu was too good. Dooku was so strong in the force that he used the force to incapacitate Obi-Wan.

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Can you add a link, or a quote of what you've mentioned from the ROTS novel? – Mooz Jul 6 at 22:43

If I teach you as your Master or Guide, then I know your fighting style, strength and weakness. Anakin may have gained extra strength and by embracing his anger and sense of betrayal by Padme and Obi-Wan but his weaknesses were still there.

Actually, anger makes one often overlook the need to practice defense and thus leave holes that are easier to exploit. While Anakin and Obi-Wan seemed to be very evenly matched during their final confrontation in ROTS -- In actuality Anakin was probably much more deadly if he had been able to use the Force to further enhance his skill rather than channel it in just trying to overpower his former Master.

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This answer seems to be only tangentially related to the question asked. It should probably be edited to make your point more clear. – numaroth Nov 25 '14 at 19:25
You seem to be posting a series of relatively low-quality answers in a row. You might want to consider taking the time to work on a single answer and make it longer and more detailed, perhaps with a reference or two to back up your points. – Valorum Nov 25 '14 at 19:37

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