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 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.

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Japanese kenjutsu is a popular form of martial arts that specifically emphasizes swordsmanship. While it originated out of feudal Japan, it's since found its way into the modern world. If you're thinking about learning kenjutsu, though, you should familiarize yourself with the five different guard postures.

The most basic stance, it allows for a balance between attacking and defense. Students learn this posture first so they know the correct striking distance. Your hips should remain forward and shoulders relaxed. Gedan-no-kamae is the low posture used in kenjutsu. To perform this posture, the practitioner places his or her sword out in front of their body, pointing it at either the waist for kendo or the knee for kenjutsu.

With this posture, the practitioner places his or her left foot in front, while holding their sword upright in a near-vertical position with the hilt in front of their right shoulder. Waki-gamae is the side posture used in kenjutsu. It involves hiding the sword behind the practitioner's body, exposing only the sword's pommel to the practitioner's opponent. Waki-gamae was a popular stance before there were restrictions regarding blade length.

As such, practitioners would use this stance to hide the length of their sword, essentially luring their opponent into striking distance. Furthermore, it allows practitioners to make surprise attacks by concealing the movement of their sword. Sold Out. Japanese Katanas. Korean Jingums. Training Swords.

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