David Evans wrote:
If your bokken was way back behind you, wouldn't that leave you wide open in front? .......
What do others think?
Its an exercise!! Allowing the development of some but not all of the requirements of Aikido.
Yes it would leave you wide open in front.
But in front of what?
As Peter has already said, when a partner is present then you do not drop the sword down the back.
Not everything is technique.