The Default Protagonist of Way of the Samurai 4 using Chu-dan stance
|Other Names||Middle Stance (WotS), (WotS3)
Center Stance (WotS2)
|Notable Users||Way of the Samurai
Way of the Samurai 2
Way of the Samurai 3
Way of the Samurai 4
|Notable Styles||Mushin Swordfighting|
|Actual Stance||Chūdan-no-kamae (中段の構え:ちゅうだんのかまえ)|
|First Appearance||Way of the Samurai|
|Latest Appearance||Way of the Samurai 4|
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Chu-dan stance, Middle Stance or sometimes shortened to Middle, is one of the several sword stances initially introduced in Way of the Samurai. It is actually the Japanese sword stance, Chūdan-no-kamae.
In Way of the Samurai SeriesEdit
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This is the most basic stance in kendo which balances attack and defence. If correctly assumed, the trunk (do) and right wrist (migi-kote) are hidden from the opponent. The throat is visible, but the extended tip of the sword threatens a thrusting enemy with a likely counter-thrust. The head (men) is the only clearly open target, but this too is easily defended. If the kamae is not broken, the user can step into striking distance of the opponent whilst maintaining good defence.
A beginner learns this stance first in order to learn the correct striking distance, issoku-itto-no-maai.