A “fighting style” is ultimately dependent on the weapon wielded.
Therefore, unlike Star Wars canon, our combat forms are based on the weapon class rather than the style. As of 2019 there are three weapon-classes and one sub-class in the Lightspeed-saber weapon canon, three of which are currently legal for use in competition.
FORM COROLLARIES: Form VI “Niman” / all forms
REGULATIONS: 36” max blade, 12.5” max hilt, min 25 grams/inch
Although this is the form adopted by beginners, it is not to be underestimated, as it has the largest moveset of any weapon-class. Rey-class is marked by its versatility, its practitioners changing grips frequently to take advantage of each grip when desired, and on the fly. This versatility makes Rey-class well-suited for learning, as students can learn essentially any style they wish without purchasing multiple sabers.
FORM COROLLARIES: Form II “Makashi”, Form III “Soresu”, Form V “Djem So”
REGULATIONS: See Rey-class
The 6”-8” Tyrant-class hilts are not readily available through mainstream manufacturers and must be made custom through a sabersmith. A sub-class of Rey, Tyrant-sabers can equip a 36” blade.
These are prestige weapons, wielded by some of the best fencers in the league. Too short to take advantage of more than one grip, what they lack in versatility they make up for in speed and blade-agility. Tyrant-fencers have honed their bladework to a fine art.
FORM COROLLARIES: Form I “Shii-Cho”, Form V “Djem So”
REGULATIONS: 36” max blade, 10-12.5” hilt, 8-12” span, min 60 grams/inch
The Ren-saber is long, heavy, and slow, but has the best defensive capabilities of any weapon in the Lightspeed canon. It asks an additional challenge of its wielder: not to kill themselves with their own fiery quillons.
FORM COROLLARIES: Jar’Kai
COMPETITION: Not legal (yet)
REGULATIONS: 34” max blade, 9.5” max hilt, min 25 grams/inch
Tano-sabers are the shortest and fastest of all the weapons in the Lightspeed-saber canon, and can be paired up for dual-wielding, giving them formidable offense and defense IF they are in the right hands. Tano-class is generally considered the most difficult of the four classes to master.
If Lightspeed is represented by the Starbat, then why isn’t the Star Wars form “Ataru” correlated with any of the weapon classes? The reason is that it is correlated with all of them. Ataru is about movement in conjunction with the saber, and therefore, it is a “form” adopted by the body, not the saber itself.
Okay, but what about Maul-class?
Maul-class is currently theoretical. While some starbats do use staff, they are not allowed in competition and have no regulations associated with them…. yet.