What is a Bokken Jedi? Who are canon Bokken Jedi?

21 September 2023
"Ahsoka" episode 6 Far Far Away has introduced a novel concept that could potentially reshape our understanding of the Jedi Order within the Star Wars universe. 

Here's a comprehensive discussion on the concept of "Bokken Jedi":

The Bokken Jedi Context

Before the release of episode 6, titled “Part Six: Far, Far Away,” a recurring theme in the "Ahsoka" series revolved around the essence of being a Jedi as Sabine was slowly being drawn back into being Ashoka's padawan. 

The series showcased characters that didn't fit neatly into the binary of Jedi and non-Jedi. 

For instance:

  • Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson): Trained in the Jedi Temple as a youngling and later as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan. Despite her departure from the Jedi Order, she embodies the traditional Jedi values more than many within the Order.
  • Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno): Termed as a Dark Jedi, Skoll, once a part of the Jedi Order, became disenchanted with the state of the universe post Order 66 during which the Jedi were massacred by the Empire. Both Skoll and Hati seem to tread the line between Jedi and Sith however they seem to have different motivations. Skoll firmly declares to Hati that she is NOT a Bokken as he did not train her to be a Jedi.
  • Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo): Undergoing Jedi training in "Ahsoka," her lack of evident Force-sensitivity and her age make her an unconventional Jedi apprentice.
  • And Ezra... trained by Kanan Jarrus.

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Introducing the Bokken Jedi

In episode 6, the term "Bokken Jedi" emerges during a conversation between Skoll and Hati on the planet Peridea. Skoll describes Ezra Bridger, who became aware of his Force-sensitivity post Order 66, as a "Bokken Jedi."

He elaborates that Bridger, having never been trained in the traditional Jedi manner, belongs to a "breed of Bokken Jedi, trained in the wild after the Temple fell." When Hati identifies with the term, Skoll clarifies that she isn't one, as he personally trained her out side of the ways of the Jedi.

The term "Bokken" in the Japanese art of kenjutsu refers to a wooden sword used for training. Skoll's reference seems to suggest that Bokken Jedi might not be "real" Jedi in his eyes. Despite his disillusionment with the Jedi Order, Skoll appears to hold its teachings in high regard. He perceives the new generation of Jedi, those trained post the Order's fall, as distinct from those like himself and Ahsoka who underwent traditional training.

By Skoll's definition, prominent Jedi figures like Luke Skywalker and Rey would also be categorized as Bokken Jedi. However, their power and significance in the Star Wars universe challenge the notion that they might be any less than traditionally trained Jedi.

Which Jedi are considered Bokken in Star Wars Canon?

Luke Skywalker, Verla, Sabine Wren, Ezra Bridger, Leia Organa, Grogue, Rey Nobody Skywalker, Ben Solo, Enyo, Voe, Hennix, Tai. 

Some of these Jedi were introduced in the novels, comics and films and shows!


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