David Evans wrote:
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?
The bokken never extends down my back, no. That would make Sensei cringe.
If your bokken was way back behind you, wouldn't that leave you wide open in front? I guess I don't understand why you would want your hands to be that far back, also.