I was reading through this article on the choreography of lightsaber fights in Star Wars fan films, when the following section prompted me to wonder if any of the Star Wars movies showed someone punching somebody else?

  1. Don’t Stop When You Get in Close – ...when two fighters are locked face to face, weapons crossed, that’s not where fighters stop to push and talk, but precisely where they immediately act to instantly employ a grappling or disarming technique that results in a killing move! ... if you find yourself close enough to just reach out and punch your opponent in the face with your hand, well, you are also close enough to do far worse with your weapon.

Upon searching for an answer, I found this scene where Lando gets punched in one of the animated series (though admittedly not during a fight or in the face), and that there's something called a Force Punch which isn't a real punch by my count. I certanily can't think of any straight out fist fights from the films, but maybe amidst the lightsaber swigns and blaster shots someone felt like bruising their knuckles on someone's cheek.

  • I want to say this happens in one of the young Obi-Wan fights, against Maul or maybe Anakin? I will try to find it and provide an actual source. – Zoneman Jul 13 '15 at 16:14
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    i think obi-wan gets elbowed? there are definitely some kicks in the new trilogy. – Himarm Jul 13 '15 at 16:18
  • @Himarm: You mean the one that isn't even out? (jk) – ThePopMachine Jul 13 '15 at 17:38
  • @ThePopMachine those arnt the new trilogy yet since they havnt even come out!. – Himarm Jul 13 '15 at 18:03

This happens in the fight between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. The fight can be found here:

Maul lands a number of kicks throughout the fight, especially early, but around 1:27 you can see Qui-Gon backhand Darth Maul off of a ledge while engaged in a lightsaber duel.

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    It's not part of a lightsaber duel, but there is a scene in TESB where Han punches Lando in the face, immediately before Han is dragged away to be tortured: "You're a real hero, aren't you? My old friend." (punch) – Royal Canadian Bandit Jul 14 '15 at 8:58
  • @RoyalCanadianBandit Han also engages in hand to hand on Endor in RotJ. The group stumble upon a few scout troopers and Han wrestles him to the ground. – CBredlow Jul 15 '15 at 0:17

Spoilers below.

Not from the movies, but there are a plethora of punches on Republic Commando series. One recieved by Kal Skirata, while performing the traditional Mandalorian war ritual / dance, thrown by Ordo (this punch can pass unmarked as unintentional). Another one was received by a to-be Imperial ensign, thrown by, if I recall, Null commando Mereel. Another one, received by ARC trooper Maze, second in command of Arligan Zey, thrown by Ordo. Another one received by a deserted clone trooper (could be Spar), thrown by Darman. Another one, or rather quite a beating if you will, received by Kal Skirata again, performed by Darman.

I can't recall but Tahiri, while she was the apprentice of Darth Caedus, could have received a punch from Mirta Gev. She was sure to have received an unconsciousness from the same woman, however, if by other means.

I could quote but I don't have access to my library right now unfortunately.

Tip of the day: Try not to upset Mandalorians.

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