Jedi are masters of telepathy, telekinesis, and physical combat.

When two or more Jedi attack one target, why do they all crowd around to physically confront him?

The gang should have some Jedi mentally attacking their target, some Jedi using physical force attacks (whether on the target or by smashing things into his legs/face), and some using physical combat.

One example is Qui-gon versus Darth Maul, while Obi Wan had to watch through the laser gate. The Force can cross star systems, so Obi Wan could have done telekinetic nut punches to Maul. Or, even better for their mission, scanned Maul's brain to learn his secrets while Maul was concentrating on his fight with Qui-gon.

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    Because they're dumb.
    – Valorum
    Apr 6, 2015 at 19:55
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    @Richard - you should always attribute your quotes :) Apr 6, 2015 at 19:58
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    Possible dupe; scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/19211/…
    – Valorum
    Apr 6, 2015 at 19:59
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    See, when my Sith apprentice and I attack a Jedi, it goes like this: 1) I choke the Jedi while lifting them several feet into the air, then 2) she throws her lightsaber into the air, neatly slicing the distracted Jedi in half. Then the Jedi's Padawan usually screams, which is always fun.
    – Omegacron
    Apr 6, 2015 at 20:46
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    @Omegacron It seems like you're missing out on a lot of fun, though. Do you save the "telekinetic nut punches" for the Padawan, or what?
    – KSmarts
    Apr 6, 2015 at 21:56

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Although I do not know if there is a direct answer to this question, I do have some ideas that might explain the general use of force powers in battle.

Very simply put, I believe the use of Force abilities to offensively attack an opponent brings the user closer to the dark side, and goes against the Jedi's ultimate goal of disarming or incapacitating the opponent.

At a very high level, force moves are generally very aggressive when directed at another being (force push/pull or telekinesis are popular in the movies.) The Sith actually use the force in nearly every fight in the movies (Ex. Force Lightning by Sidious, Force Choke by Vader, Force Push by Anakin/Dooku/Sidious). The Jedi actually use non-combative force powers in combat that may not get qualified as 'Force moves' in the movies, but utilize The Force the same and draw the same amount of focus by the user (Ex: Healing/Meditation/Speed etc.) First let's look at the movie examples (just prequels are enough to prove the point):

Qui-Gon/Obi-wan vs. Darth Maul - Force Leap and Force Telekinesis, and Qui-Gon uses Force Meditation during the fight.

Yoda/Anakin/Obi-Wan vs. Count Dooku - Anakin uses a Force Leap/Dash, Yoda makes use of Force Telekinesis.

Anakin/Obi-Wan vs. Count Dooku - Force Leaps to dodge

Anakin/Obi-Wan vs. Grievous - Force Telekinesis/Force Leaps

Obi-Wan vs. Grievous - Force Telekinesis/Force Leap

Mace Windu vs. Sidious/Anakin - Note that Mace's lightsaber form Vaapad is an adaptation of Juyo. See below for more on forms.

Yoda vs. Sidious - Most force moves used by a Jedi here. Force Deflection, Force Leap, Force Telekinesis.

Obi-Wan vs Vader - Force Leaps/Force Telekinesis. This is the most aggressive we see Obi-Wan with the force in the movies, possibly representing his emotional investment in Anakin as we see at the end of the battle (breaking the Jedi code of course).

The pattern here is that most of the Jedi Force uses are defensive in nature and used at times to either counter another opponent move or draw an object away or towards the Jedi.

Additionally, if you look at the saber forms of the Jedi, Juyo/Vaapad is the most aggressive of the saber form and requires a furious offense of attacks utilizing a large stream of force in addition to force attacks. This form was favored by many Sith and is the form that would gain the most from aggressive Force abilities in combat. Vaapad was similar and banned by the Jedi for its Force requirement leans in the direction of the dark side.

Lastly, I believe this there is some reference to this topic in the EU in the Heir to the Empire series.

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    Telekinetic nut punches should disarm or incapacitate Maul... and would have been way better comic relief than Jar Jar Apr 7, 2015 at 9:43
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    @DanJameson I'm not so sure reading the mind of Darth Maul is even possible. Remember the dark side clouds all things. Darth Maul's mind was likely filled with rage at the time. Also, he is a veteran and likely knows techniques to protect his mind from being read.
    – MAF
    Apr 7, 2015 at 13:44
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    When Obi Wan was separate from the battle by the laser gate, he had all the concentration and focus he needed, while Darth Maul was busy fighting. I totally buy that you can't to TK or psi attacks in combat because the other guy is right there to attack you, but when you are sitting back and not fighting you have that opening. Apr 7, 2015 at 20:12
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    @DanJameson If you are asking specifically about that fight, you must also remember that Obi-Wan was not a Jedi Knight at the time and very young. There is no evidence that suggests that Obi-Wan could read his mind even if he tried. Darth Maul was a Sith Lord as mentioned in the movie. I am not sure how you can assume a Jedi Padawan can so easily read the mind of a Sith Lord.
    – MAF
    Apr 7, 2015 at 20:25
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    @MatthewFrontino - But hypothetically speaking, let's say several relatively powerful Jedi are facing a single opponent (e.g., Yoda, Obi Wan, Windu, Koon, and Fisto vs. Darth Maul). Maybe one of the Jedi engage Maul in a duel just to keep him occupied, and maintains a purely defensive stance. Couldn't the other four combine their energies to use Force techniques and render Maul powerless, or incapacitate him? Since the alternative is to hack him apart with laser beams until he dies, surely using Force powers to capture him is the less aggressive option.
    – Wad Cheber
    May 8, 2015 at 19:08

It might have something to do with honor. Note in episode 3 Anakin was very conflicted on executing Dooku, and didn't kill the unarmed sith until after being prodded by Palpatine and giving into his own hatred. As the most powerful men and women in the universe having order and justice was most important. Their lightsabers show that a peaceful resistance is more helpful than oppression; they deflect bullets and other attacks because using it as a weapon.

I don't know much about non-movie canon, but a sense of honor has always been present in the jedi order in the movies. Its arguable that by attacking Maul physically and psychically would be poor sportsmanship because he would have too many things to focus on.

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    So, you're suggesting that I put down my sword and you put down your rock, and we try to kill each other like civilized people?
    – KSmarts
    Apr 6, 2015 at 21:54
  • @KSmarts I just want you to feel you’re doing well. I hate for people to die embarrassed.
    – Towell
    Apr 6, 2015 at 21:58

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