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05-03-2004, 06:11 PM
Dose anyone know where to find some good aikido patchs?

05-04-2004, 07:09 AM
I don't think I've ever seen an Aikido 'patch'.... From what I've heard patches are somewhat frowned upon... I could be wrong....

05-04-2004, 07:38 AM
The only patches i've seen are from specific dojos and are sewn onto the left shoulder of the gi.
We have one and people at seminars have commented that they like it and would like to have one for their dojo. It isn't flashy but it lets people know where we're from. I haven't heard any negative comments about patches but would be curious to know what people think.

05-04-2004, 07:43 AM
Dose anyone know where to find some good aikido patchs?

If you are asking about generic patches, call Phil Hall Martial Arts Supplies in Westminster (405 and Westminster Blvd.) or Musashi Martial Arts in Beach in Stanton. Some of the catalogs have them too.

Otherwise, check your front desk for a school patch.

05-04-2004, 08:43 AM
I do fine hand embroidery and would be happy to create a patch for anyone! I recently embroidered a friend's hakama, and am working on a kanji design for a patch for a weapons bag.
Go to my website & hit the "embroidery" link for more samples. There is one i made for my sensei in the galleries here on aikiweb,too. This one i did for my former karate teacher...

05-04-2004, 09:07 AM
Boy Scouts.

John Boswell
05-04-2004, 09:22 AM
Personally, I'm not into patches that much. I have none on my gi at all, but there are one or two decent ones out there. Here's a good link for many patches if you are into that :


05-04-2004, 11:04 AM
thank you :) there for my jacket not my gi :)

05-04-2004, 01:18 PM
Our dojo has patches, or at least *a* patch for our branch, but I've noticed that not all the students wear them. Not sure if they're optional, or what. If they are, I'll probably skip the patch just because I think the gi looks nicer without it.


05-04-2004, 01:36 PM
I prefer my patches to be on my gym bag. Just my personal preference.

09-19-2005, 02:35 PM
Our School offers a realy nice Aikido patch that is non-specific as to the style or location of the dojo. It is a simple 3 1/2" red circle, black edge with black "Aikido" Kanji in the middle. You can look at it at www.aikido101.net. As far as it being inappropriate to wear on your Gi, I think it is up to the individual or the school. I want people to recognize that I am an Aikdoka practicing Aikido, not Karate, Taewando, or Judo. Everyone knows the big three and Tai Chi but many people have never heard of Aikido. I think it is a good thing to help promote Aikido in any and everyway possible.

09-19-2005, 03:41 PM
There are a few generic Aikido patches out there, and they often show up on eBay. There is a yellow triangular patch with two aikidoka practicing, and another with a decorative orbital sphere (kind of like an atom), and the red one mentioned above. Most others are done by the schools themselves. The selection is meager, and this is probably due to the relatively small demand. Also, besides a simple patch for your school or romanji of your name embroidered on the rear of your hakama, it seems that decorative trappings of this nature are often considered vanity in Aikido, much the same as rank stripes are rarely displayed on one's obi (belt).

09-20-2005, 01:28 AM
The association that I belonged to in Tokyo had a patch worn on the left lapel. Personally I don't particularly like patches, but wore one as I was asked too ;). Here in the UK our association also has a patch, but they are optional here, I don't wear one.

At the all Japan Embutaikai and Tokyo Aikido Renmei gatherings I saw more than one club/ association with patches.

Patches aside, I prefer the plain kanji/ kana embroidery on the sleeve, I've seen many people in Japan with their dojo name embroidered along with their name on either or both, their sleeve and hakama.

I have a a couple of old dogi that I purchased in Japan with Aikido kanji embroidered on the lapel. I saw it in the shop window and liked it at the time. These days I only wear them if my plain one hasn't made it out of the washing in time.

I don't think patches are bad, there's nothing wrong with your club/ association putting patches on the gi, it's all down to personal preference.



09-20-2005, 02:54 AM
We don't have patches, but all hakamas have the wearer's name embroidered on them.

09-20-2005, 03:04 AM
Speaking of patches.... my sensei's wife use a TKD (Tae Kwon Do) dogi with patches all over. It really stand out among all the other student's shall I say austere outlook. Once I privately asked her why she uses a TKD dogi when she don't even practice TKD. She said, it was given by a someone and she said it would be wasteful not to use a perfectly good dogi. Speaking of austerity... that is by far the most austere dogi in my heart.

Personally, I am not a fan of patches. I prefer the austere look. It reflects nicely how I do my aikido, no fancy technique, just whatever is functional.


Dirk Hanss
09-20-2005, 03:48 AM
I used to have patches on my denims as schoolboy, when they had holes. It was not quite fashionable, but I was proud of being able to do it by myself, even having used (broken) 2 to three needles in our sewing machine per patch. That was in the 70's. Patchwork jeans became famous at the same time or al little bit later, but looked somewhat different from mine ;) Now they are proud of showing their holes.

No, I do not like patches or badges on keiko gi. I have one on my weapon bag.
Embroidered names or initials are something different. I am thinking about it. That looks good and might help in the locker room :D


Off topic: TKD gi are good, if they are strong enough. You don't have problems with open jackets.

Shannon Frye
09-20-2005, 11:02 AM
I also not a big fan of patches. I like the embroidered Kanji that some judo gis have on the left breast.

What might be nice is a patch or embroidery of something simple and not cluttered. Something that identified you as an Aikidoka, but not boast of a school or style. Like that big black circle that is associated with Aikido. Imtempted to paint that on my kids bedroom wall. It's simple in design, but you can get so much from it.


09-21-2005, 12:28 AM
When I first read the heading of this thread it made me think of nicotine patches and thought someone was on aikido cold turkey and needed help to get off it :D

We have patches with the symbol of our dojo (quite normal in our organisation) and even though I am normally all for simplicity I like our patches. I feel like they show whose student I am and as I am quite proud of my sensei (like everybody I guess ;) ) I donīt mind displaying that in public.

Nick Simpson
09-21-2005, 04:45 AM
We have a optional patch, its just white rose aikido in kanji, black text on a white patch, its very plain and simple and looks quite nice. We intended for people to wear it on their right shoulder (the sword arm) but most have put it on their left shoulder, their chest or even armpit, but I think that was down to poor sewing ability...

We also have our surnames and white rose embroidered on the backs of our hakama in gold generally, it's very small and smart looking.

09-21-2005, 09:27 AM
When I first read the heading of this thread it made me think of nicotine patches - I'm with you Sonja, I'm not on the aikido patch either. - Rob

09-21-2005, 04:09 PM
When I first read the heading of this thread it made me think of nicotine patches and thought someone was on aikido cold turkey and needed help to get off it :D That is HYSTERICAL... I know many people who could be described in exactly that way! :D

Zato Ichi
09-24-2005, 08:34 PM
Dose anyone know where to find some good aikido patchs?

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Aikidoka using Ukemi 5.3 or lower

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Lorien Lowe
09-24-2005, 09:06 PM
I'd like an aikido patch for when I go on vacation and don't know of any dojos in the area - sort of like a smoker on an airplane.