I don't know if this has been discussed in here before, but I've only recently, accidentally discovered that you can get your opponents to stop combat by merely pushing them out beyond the bounds of the combat area. For instance, with the Handmaidens at Telos Academy, just get them between you and the edge of the combat area (any edge, it doesn't matter), and push them beyond the edge. Once they get outside the combat area, they stop fighting you, and you win the conflict. The same applies to the Mandalorian combat challenges at their camp (ruins). In both cases, I easily pushed them all out of the combat area in no time at all. It sure beats standing there forever and getting the crap beat out of my character.
so... i usualy beats the crap out of them