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Twinkle Toes Samurai
In some media, a katana-wielding swordsman will dash toward his opponent, taking dainty little steps akin to a Japanese schoolgirl. Typically, this does not diminish his speed in any way. Mickey Mousing sound effects optional.

Based on actual kendo footwork, but exaggerated to the point of absurdity.

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Film
  • Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill during the meeting of the bosses, immediately before beheading Boss Tanaka. Justified as she was wearing traditional Japanese clothing at the time: If she didn't take those dainty little steps, she'd probably end up with a face full of table.
  • The Hidden Blade goes as far as portraying that samurai are so locked on the short-stepped shuffling gait of swordfighting that they've forgotten how to run properly. A westernized scholar races a samurai to show the superiority of the "western style" of running, which is just normal running.

Literature
  • In Snow Crash, part of the way that Hiro reocgnizes that a swordfighting opponent in The Metaverse is a kendo practicioner is the way he shuffles around.

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