Chūdan-no-kamae occasionally Chūdan-gamae, or simply Chūdan as it is shortened to in many Japanese martial arts. Hassō-no-kamae frequently shortened simply to hassō and occasionally called hassō-gamae, is one of the five stances in kendo: jōdan, chūdan, gedan, hassō. Download Bujinkan Kenjutsu Kamae (sword postures).

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It provides a balance between attacking and defensive techniques. 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 kenjutu 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.


The center of gravity should be centered between both feet.

The shinai is held with the hands in front of the waist, with the tip of the weapon pointed at the opponent’s throat. Traditional styles of kenjutsu also use this as a basic stance, the only variation being the footwork.

Hassō-no-kamae – Wikipedia

Generally, a much more grounded base is required for proper cutting with power, stability, kehjutsu focus. Some traditional styles may even assume zenkutsu dachi for their footwork. The purpose is to reduce the possibility of an ai-uchi simultaneous strike, usually resulting in mutual deathwhich often occurs harmlessly in kendo whoever the judges believe struck the earliest gets the pointsbut is generally undesirable in actual combat.

When indicated, hidari or migi wil be prefixed to the stance, e. These are the most standard kamaeand the most widely practiced.

Kenjutsu kamae vs HEMA guards (xpost WMA)

This posture is known as Eisenport or Iron Gate in German martial arts from the 14th through 16th century. This posture is most similar to Posta di Breve or Short Guard in Italian martial arts from the 14th through 16th century. In the late s Camillo Agrippa renamed it to Terza or Third.


Agrippa’s numeric naming conventions were widely adopted by the start of the 17th century. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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