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Chudan no Kamae
This basic stance in Kendo is known as Chudan no kamae.
Let's start from the feet and work up. The key here is to work on your footwork. Footwork takes time to develop. It will feel weird at first, so you must consciously work to have proper footwork.
Next, Tenouchi (grip).
2. The left hand grips the end of the tsuka (handle), such that the pinky covers the very end. There should not be any tsuka past the pinky. Grasp firmly, but not to the point that your knuckles turn white. The left hand is the power hand.
3. The right hand grips right below the tsuba (sword guard). The Shinai should rest less firmly in your right hand then your left. As most people are right handed, you must keep this in mind. The right hand is the guide hand.
4. Your wrists should be turned in such that both thumbs point towards the ground. 5. You should hold the sword such that your left hand is a fist away from your body. The top of your left hand should align with the bottom of your navel.
6. The tip of your Shinai should point towards your opponent's neck or your own neck, when you do not have an opponent. Beginners tend to point higher, so it is a good idea to use a mirror when figuring this out. 7. Your arms should not be extended and stiff. Instead, make a circle with your arms.
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