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Chūdan-no-kamae (中段の構え:ちゅうだんのかまえ)
Chu-dan
The Default Protagonist of Way of the Samurai 4 using Chu-dan stance
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Other Names Middle Stance (WotS), (WotS3)
Center Stance (WotS2)
Notable Users Way of the Samurai
Kenji
Donald Donatelouse
Madame Murasaki
Hyuga
Way of the Samurai 2
Mifune
Goshiro Muto
Tessho
Way of the Samurai 3
Nameless
Shinnosuke
Dona
Sensei
Way of the Samurai 4
Sensei
Notable Weapons Chuyo-tou
Kakkazan
Aizome
Nidai-Kikumasa
Mumei-tou
Oborozukiyo
Moderate Blade
Kikusui
Samurai Sword
Bokuto
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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Middle Stance, or Chūdan-no-kamae, is one of the five Kendo sword stances: jōdan, chūdan, gedan, hassō and waki.

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.