I am a medieval sword fighting instructor and have won a couple of tournaments so have a different insight than people who probably know the films better but in case you are interested:
Sword (or lightsaber) fights rarely feature aiming at your opponent's sword. If someone aims a shot at your sword you just attack with your sword, their sword flies harmlessly through the air where your sword was as your sword hits them. It is like if you have your fists up and I swing a punch at your fists, just by punching me back you have made me miss whilst I get whacked on the nose.
However, when you are fighting cinematically there are various ways you can fake the fight and one of them is to aim at your opponents weapon because it looks a little more spectacular and you get energetic (and reasonably safe) clashes as the camera can swing back forth tracking you both (I have trained people for stage fighting and you can see many of my group in Gladiator at the beginning).
In the battle scenes it might look like turning off the sabre and letting the opponent miss is a valid tactic but this is only the effect of the cinematic show to make it look better. It is rather like asking why someone does not just move faster when everyone is in slow motion :-)
If they were fighting 'for real' the tactic you describe would probably be quite effective.