Re: Please help me find a dojo in Melbourne!
I find it hard to believe that a simple hakama can carry so much spiritual symbolism. Spirituality isn't in the external "trappings", it's inside you. Would you feel less "spiritual" if you were attacked in the street, without your hakama?
The fact that you are so hung up on it, really means one thing - you're not ready for it.
Indeed, good luck!