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    Michael Duke Guest

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    Are gedan and chudan stances?

    If so, can anyone describe them to me, or give me a link to a picture?


    Thanks

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    Michael Duke Guest

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    I think I found out what they are.
    In case anyone else was wondering, chudan looks like this:

    http://www.halifaxkendo.org/images/kamae/Chudan.jpg
    http://www.shinzen-dojo.net/le_dojo/...no_kamae_g.jpg


    Gedan looks like this:

    http://www.shinzen-dojo.net/le_dojo/...no_kamae_g.jpg

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    Postures or stances (kamae) are roughly divided into "Upper level" (Jodan), "Middle level" (Chudan), and "Lower level" (Gedan). In kendo and some schools of iaido these are also the names of the actual kamae, but other ryu have different names for the specific postures within each group. Seigan, raito, in-no-kamae, etc.

    Two different ryu may have different names for the same posture, or use the same name for different postures. It can get rather confusing when reading about different schools' methods, or trying to visualize a narrative from a samurai story, but if you're in training and your sensei uses Japanese terminology in class (which I think should always be the case) you pick it up pretty quickly.
    Yours in Budo,
    ---Brian---

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