Re: Tying The Hakama
I tie front first, (no tuck for weapons work, so saya or bokuto slides between folds of the obi easily, but do tuck the front in for empty hand work to help keep the hak neat whilst engaging in romper room activities). Front panel himo are tied behind back.
If untucked, the upper edge of the waistband is just below the edge of my obi (I use a wider, softer, sword obi).
Back panel is tied last, plastic peanut butter spreader tab tucked into back of obi, himo tied in front in a simple square knot.