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Old 06-14-2006, 06:15 AM   #11
Karen Wolek
Dojo: Kingston Aikido
Location: New York
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 322
Re: Bokken - from the spine or not?

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.

"Try not. Do...or do not. There is no try." - Master Yoda
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