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Waki-gamae (脇構?), sometimes shortened and called simply waki , is one of the five stances in kendo.
Waki-gamae is a stance involving the swordsman hiding the length of ones own blade behind their body only exposing the pommel to the opponent.
This stance was common when there was no standard length of sword and was often used as a deterrent to any opponents who did not know the range of the sword being hidden and could be used as a sort of bluff technique. It also serves to conceal the orientation of the blade to one's opponent, as to give him no hint about your own intention for the next attack.
Black☆Star used this stance in an irregular manner while fighting Mifune to counter his Infinite One-Sword Style and the Jumbled Lineup technique. It can be assumed since Mifune also practices a style of kendo that he's aware o the stance and Sid Barrett since he's knowledgeable on the stance.
Practitioners of Waki-gamae
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 57