As I read, Jedi learn early on to 'force shield' themselves so that another Jedi cannot turn their Lightsaber off during battle.

Is there a in-universe explanation as to why Obi-wan Kenobi didn't do that in Revenge of the Sith with Grievous Lightsabers?


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Using the Force requires you to gain mental focus, ideally by meditating, but in a pinch (such as during a fight) by simply concentrating quite hard. By going on the offensive constantly, Grievous was able to rattle Kenobi sufficiently that he wasn't able to use his Force powers. Note that as soon as Obi-Wan is able to get a little physical distance, he's able to use a Force push.

As to why, specifically he didn't just flip Grievous' lightsabers off, that would seem to require a level of concentration and precision that needs far more than a second or two of focus. Attempting such an intricate move in the middle of a fight would likely result in his immediate death, and that's assuming that Grievous doesn't just beat him to death with the handles.

It was almost like fighting four different people at once. Obi-Wan’s lightsaber blurred as he blocked and parried, but he knew he couldn’t keep that up for long. Time for a different approach. He leaped, flipping high over Grievous to land behind him.

Grievous didn’t have to turn; he just rotated his mechanical body until he faced the other way. But even doing that took time and threw off his attack, just enough to let Obi-Wan’s lightsaber swirl past his guard. Two of his four arms dropped to the floor, still gripping their stolen lightsabers.

Before Grievous could adjust, and attack with his two remaining lightsabers, Obi-Wan reached for the Force. He lifted Grievous into the air, throwing him against one of the beams that supported the upper level. The impact shook the lightsabers out of his grasp. They landed on the floor of the control center, while Grievous slid past the edge of the floor and fell to the level below.

SW: Revenge of the Sith - Junior Novelisation


In the films, grievous says:

I've been trained in your Jedi arts by Count Dooku

So if it's so important, I'm assuming Dooku went through this on day one of training.

  • He may have been trained in the Jedi dueling arts, but as he was not Force Sensitive and more than half droid, I don't think he could use the Force shield Jan 31, 2016 at 13:30
  • What source confirms he wasn't force sensitive?
    – Robin
    Jan 31, 2016 at 13:35
  • It's explained here: scifi.stackexchange.com/a/42958/3804
    – AncientSwordRage
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:08
  • Nothing is referenced in those answers, just conversational. There must be midichlorians in general grievous, Qui-Gon Jin says explicitly in Phantom that all living things have them. It is also implied that the concentrations of midichlorians are what dictate force-affinity, so the fact that grievous is mostly mechanical should not affect anything.
    – Robin
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:33
  • In what is now Legends canon, Grievous was given blood from Sify-Dyas, and it failed to give him any ability with the Force. See Are Midi-chlorians able to be infused or transplanted?
    – phantom42
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:55

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