Re: Bokken - from the spine or not?
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.
Though this would seem to be the case, you are actually extending with the left hand - pushing outwards, while your right hand does not pass the back of your head. In my opinion, it really is an effective cut that does not leave the front open.
What do others think?