One very important aspect of Samurai sword fight is combat stance. There have historically been numerous styles of fight each having a unique stance for sword fighting.
We have been working on the idea of stances to be used in the combat system of Tale of Ronin, Hachiman.
Different Ronin belong to different schools of swordsmanship, some of which master their own styles and stances.
Selecting actions for combat follows selecting the appropriate stance first.
This video shows the basic popular stances: