Re: Footwork differences between styles
In kenjutsu (in the styles I am familiar with) the big toe is in the direction of the strike. Straight. In kenjutsu you are normally using both hands on the sword so you have an easy reference of where your centre line is.
But if you have a straight ahead big toe in taijutsu it is easy to fool yourself that you are engaging your hips and your centre when in fact your centre is still pointing out away from the aite. By opening your foot you ensure that your centre is always engaged.
That's the logic I have always understood.