Kendo: Obsession with “aligning” — does it really matter? If so, are you doing it right?

  1. You step forward with your right foot and then go down with your left knee.
    In this case, your knees will likely be ahead of the line and the distance will be proportional to the length of your legs. Then you put your Men within your reach yet far enough so you don’t have to smell at your Men when you do Rei. The distance between your knees and your Men will be proportional to the length of your upper body and arms.
    Imagine a very tall person and a very short person doing it.
  2. You step backward with your left foot and then go down with your left knee.
    In this case, your knees will likely be right on the line, no matter how tall or short you are. The distance between your knees and your Men is still proportional to the length of your upper body and arms (that’s why I don’t think it’s important to align Mens in the first place), but at least you can offset the line-knee distance by first stepping backward.

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