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Old 06-14-2006, 06:48 AM   #8
david evans
Dojo: Newcastle Iwama Aikido
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Join Date: Aug 2004
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Re: Bokken - from the spine or not?

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Karen Wolek wrote:
Do you mean that the bokken is down your back? If so, we are taught not to do that. We start in jodan, with the bokken above your head.
Karen,

Do you mean that when you cut, even though you may begin from jodan kamae, that the bokken does not extend down your back?

I know this may seem trivial, but I am curious as to how people feel about this movement; is it superfluous? does it generate more power? does it help with alignment and give a "truer" cut? Whatever?

Thanks,

David.
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