Gunbuster Top o Nerae!
(Gunbuster Aim for the Top!)
Is there really an 'Octagonal Fighting Stance?'
Happo Biraki (or eight-fold stance) is credited to Japan's greatest swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. His form was based on his use of two swords, and it is said that when this stance is executed correctly, there is no possible opening for an attack.
The number 8 has a superstitious significance in oriental mythology, so there are often references to the number in the martial arts.
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