Originally posted by Kent Enfield
I would not say it is a problem in post-renaissance swordsmanship though, because by and large 18th and 19thC fencing keeps one foot (the right foot) forward, so footwork is MUCH quicker and easier to learn.
Generally speaking, in medieval longsword if you cut from the right you end with the right foot forward, if you cut from the left then you end with the left foot forward. When people get this right it looks and works great, when they get it wrong it looks a mess.
But something I think that is important if you're taking a combative approach to martial arts, is that the most important thing is to win, even if you look messy . It just so happens that what looks most tidy and perfect normally wins.
This is of course a divergent concept with kendo - at least that's the impression I have, as it's my understanding that in kendo points are awarded when the formula for a strike comes together in the judge's eyes, whereas we might be concentrating on simply incapacitating the other person before they do it to us (in theory). Therefore there is a theoretical difference between what we and kendoka are trying to achieve.
I still think that playing by our rules we would generally do better and playing by kendo rules kendoka would generally do better (I and others in the group have had bouts with kendoka incidentally).