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Jack Simpson 11-17-2003 03:20 PM

rubber koshita
I'm trying to fix a dying koshita on my hakama and would like to replace the in'nards with rubber, similar to that used in Iwata hakama. Does anyone have suggestions on the source of an acceptable bit of rubber. Thanks much.

Jack Simpson :ai:
Capital Aikikai of Frederick - Maryland

twilliams423 11-17-2003 04:46 PM

I've tried several different materials as mine have worn out over the years. By far the best thing I've found is a thin mouse pad cut to size. It's stiff enough for shape while remaining flexible and durable.

Try it out, I bet you'll like it!

Kensho Furuya 11-17-2003 05:35 PM

Clever! Btw, s/b "koshi-ita."

SmilingNage 11-17-2003 06:35 PM

Thats cool because now you can wear your hakama to work. Where it could double for a back up mouse pad. Lord knows there is nothn worse than having mouse pad shortage. Heck you could double as work station your koshi for the mouse and your back for writing on or as tower storage.

Someone write this down, I think I am on to something here. :)

BKimpel 11-17-2003 07:55 PM

That's got to be one thick mousepad!

Can you use the one's with the gel pad too (he he).

The koshiitas in the Aikido style hakamas from Tozando rock, they are some sort of heavy rubber. They are real comfortable.
I thought you could buy just the inserts?

Bronson 11-17-2003 10:43 PM

As an aside. My girlfriend just made me a hakama from the pattern at Round Earth Publishing. She modified it so the koshi-ita insert is removable through a slit on the inside which is closed with velcro. Now it can be taken out for washing and easily replaced if need be. She also replaced the plastic "spoon" with two tabs of fabric that velcro around the belt. It's pretty cool. If you sew, or have a sewing type person who'd be willing to help I'd recommend making one at home.


Jack Simpson 11-18-2003 08:32 AM

Thanks for the suggestion of the mouse pad. Often times the obvious is invisible. Thanks also for the spelling correction.

I did pick up a square of rubber at the hardware store referred to as "plumber's gasket", which was about 6"x6", so a little too narrow, however, I might be able to make it work. It's has a hefty, yet flexible feel, so we'll see. Thanks again.

Jack :ai:

Capital Aikikai - Frederick - Maryland

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