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Old 06-14-2006, 06:10 AM   #10
david evans
Dojo: Newcastle Iwama Aikido
Location: Newcastle
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 32
Re: Bokken - from the spine or not?

Christian Boddum wrote:
If your back is straight , then your bokken can go all the way down to your "behind",
if not it will hit something on the way down there !
The exaggeration will introduce you to the centrifugal power that starts the cut,then it ends centripetally (going inwards),
if you start from jodan position you may not get the feel of it,later on you should get these powers going from jodan position.

Two questions:

1. Is bokken an exercise in posture and stance, which of course it is, but more-so as an end unto itself?

2. And, if "later on you should get these powers going from jodan", why the emphasis regardless of experience?


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