The Default Protagonist of Way of the Samurai 4 using Ge-dan stance
|Other Names||Down Stance (WotS)
Bottom Stance (WotS2)
Lower Stance (WotS3)
|Notable Users||Way of the Samurai
Way of the Samurai 2
Way of the Samurai 3
Way of the Samurai 4
|Notable Styles||Tenshin Swordfighting|
|Actual Stance||Gedan-no-kamae (下段の構え:げだんのかまえ)|
|First Appearance||Way of the Samurai|
|Latest Appearance||Way of the Samurai 4|
Ge-dan, Lower Stance or sometimes shortened to Lower, is one of the several sword stances initially introduced Way of the Samurai. It is actually the Japanese sword stance, Gedan-no-kamae.
In Way of the Samurai SeriesEdit
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This position is adopted when the sword is held out in front of the body pointing at the waist in kendo, or at the knee or sometimes the ankle in kenjutsu.
It is considered a variant of chūdan-no-kamae and therefore appearing as a defensive posture, but instead it is used to deflect blows and create striking opportunities. This stance is used as a transition from chūdan-no-kamae to a tsuki (thrust). It is called the Kamae of Earth (地の構え, chi-no-kamae) in Yagyū Shinkage-ryū.
In the Italian school of swordsmanship, gedan-no-kamae is known as porta di ferro "iron door". It is seen as the most defensive of all postures. The German school of fencing refers to stance as alber "Fool's guard"; as it serves to bait the foolish with apparent weakness.