Ron Tisdale wrote:
The training issue is that at least in the yoshinkan, instructors want to see your whole posture, hips, legs, foot positions, everything. I think that is part of the reason they don't use hakama til third dan. In the rougher styles of aikido (yoseikan, shodokan in particular), the hakama also impeads 'mixing it up'.
These are style specific things though...when in Rome...
Never heard about the hakama thing in Yoshinkan but I do know that its rarely worn in traditional Yoseikan aikido. My teacher didn't care though, he let anyone wear a hakama. Its probably good to get used to wearing one from an early stage but I don't think its absolutoley necessary for doing aikido. Some schools insist that students wear one after reaching a certain grade.
Yeah although you can wear it when "mixing things up" I agree it does impead sometimes.