Sinister - I don't necessarily mean explicitly using force powers, as in the Dooku-Yoda lightening showdown. I just meant the general use of/immersion in the force that is part of any lightsaber duel. However, I am again skeptical that Maul could even then take Yoda in a straight-up lightsaber fight. I guess it all comes down to how 'over-the-hill' you think Yoda is. I recognize that he's old, but to me, his 800+ years of training and experience still seem like more of an asset than a hindrance, and I think the films bear this out. Maul might pick up a lot in the approx. 10 years that separate TPM from AOTC, but I think he'd be a toy for Yoda. I just get the very strong impression from the movies that we're supposed to think that age and experience are more important factors in ALL ASPECTS of a Jedi's life and combat than youth and sheer physical prowess. Yoda didn't seem the slightest bit hindered by his age when he battled Dooku, and all the signs in AOTC, ROTS and recent EU point to the older Masters being the most formidable of the Jedi in combat by far. If this weren't the case, you'd think you'd see a sort of "golden age" for Jedi in combat -- maybe mid-30s to mid-40s, when skill and strength are best balanced. But that's not the case -- it's the council members who are the total badasses. And everyone seems to regard Yoda as the most bad. Anyway, once again, I just point to the reductive logic of Obi's confrontations with Maul and with Dooku. If Padawan Obi-Wan is able to really give Maul a challenge, and then kill him, why would older, better Obi-Wan have a different experience with older, better Maul? I don't think we have any reason to believe that a mature Maul would represent a proportionately larger threat than young Maul. Dooku, on the other hand, is much older and more experienced and deadly. He is Maul's better, and he showed it by cleaning Obi-Wan's clock without breaking a sweat. And just as Dooku, by virtue of age and experience, is Maul's superior, so Yoda vis-a-vis Dooku, Maul or just about anyone else in the PT. With one exception, of course.