Re: Lightsaber Kumitachi thread
As I understand it, Lucas basically "sampled" a Kurosawa film (or possibly two or three) to make Star Wars.
I don't know anything about the "martial art" of the Jedi's (I can't help but laugh when I say that).
I guess Lucas actually said that Kurosawa was a heavy influence on the movie/s. However, after watching "The Seven Samurai," I can't believe that there's any authentic martial principles taken from Kurosawa--drastic difference between sword fights that last one cut and sword fights that are fought like a dance: 1,2,3,4, and 1,2,3,4, and high,low, right, left, and low,high, left, right...
However, when the Death Star grips the ship with Obi, Luke and cast in the tractor beam, that was definitely "enter when pulled."