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The Default Protagonist of Way of the Samurai 4 using Waki stance
Other Names Side Stance (WotS), (WotS2), (WotS3)
Notable Users Way of the Samurai
Enzan Toyoko
Soichiro Shiretoko
Josui Tamagawa
Way of the Samurai 2
Kuroha Yoshitaka
Way of the Samurai 4
Shigeru Moro
Notable Weapons Jukkaimaru
Notable Styles Flannel Swordfighting
Actual Stance Waki-gamae (脇構)
First Appearance Way of the Samurai
Latest Appearance Way of the Samurai 4

Waki Stance, Side Stance, or sometimes shortened to Side, is one of the several sword stances initially introduced Way of the Samurai. It is actually the Japanese sword stance, Waki-gamae.

In Way of the Samurai SeriesEdit


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Historical InformationEdit

Side Stance, or Waki-gamae, is on of the five Kendo sword stances: jōdan, chūdan, gedan, hassō and waki. It 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 type 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.

Waki-gamae is also known as the Kamae of Metal (金の構, kin-no-kamae) in the five elements classification and the Light Stance (陽の構, yō-no-kamae) in the Ittō-ryū teachings.