For future reference, since there still seem to be a few confused people, poise does exist and it determines how well your hyper armor works. There is a reason there is a numerical value shown on your player status screen, it is so you can get the correct amount of poise to hyper armor through certain attacks. This value is dependent on what weapon you're using and what weapon class you're going against. You can search up the values pretty easily and i'd REALLY recommend it because getting staggered out of your hyper armor makes trading significantly more difficult. It usually takes a relatively low amount of poise to hyper armor through light attacks from straight swords,curved swords, etc. though this is influenced by your weapon, you might need more poise to tank through light attacks while using one halberd than another halberd.