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But if it's a valid kamae, and it's part of Kendo, why is it never used?
I've often wondered the same thing. I have thought that perhaps they are vestiges of an era when swordplay took place under a wider variety of circumstances than we experience today. Perhaps it is also the case that the limited number of valid targets in Kendo, as well as increased stylization of play, renders some postures less viable.
Waki no Kamae... hiding your sword, to conceal its length; maybe yours is longer / shorter / broken and you don't want your opponent to know.
A good cut from waki kamae is kesa giri, frowned upon in shinai kendo! I don't think anyone would be too chuffed getting a shinai belted across the thighs. Waki kamae and Hasso no kamae, from what my teacher said, are "street fighter" kamae i.e. real sword stuff, there is a blade, you will die kind of stuff. Hasso and waki (both off to one side) lack the straightness shinai kendo tends to be about, no? Hasso and waki both good for kesa giri, why in yonhonme there is a stalemate between the two so they both kind of "back down" with a straight men.
Also, it just screams "Tsuki me!". One of the newer guys here went into waki no kamae, i don't often get such a good chance to practice tsuki, so i did, and it was nice. Felt like a prick for doing it like but quickly ran up to him to add "That's one reason why we don't do waki no kamae in shinai kendo"...
Just my 2 bits, which are woth 0.002p by today's exchange rate.
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When the student is ready, the master appears. -Buddhist Proverb
Why so light?...The French word for sword is sabre. And we prefer light sabres. - ScottUK
the main advantage of waki from what i understand is to hide the length of your sword... not a huge advantage in kendo if you ask me... but it is also my favorite (looking) kamae... you look so vulnerable but yet you are actually quite ready.