OT- Star Wars and Jedi Fighting Technique
Jedis use a lightsaber for fighting and they are used just as one would use a sword. However unlike a sword a lightsaber can be turned off leaving only the handle in the hand of its handler. The point? When fighting someone else with a lightsaber or something else that is able to block your light saber's movement all you have to do is turn off your light saber as yours approaches theirs and then turn it back on once you have cleared the blocking obstacle.
Beam on during the start of the strike right up to the point of the block. Beam off at the point of the block and then back on once your motion has cleared the block.
Perhaps Jedis just aren't that clever...