Re: Please help me find a dojo in Melbourne!
Just a quick point that may or may not be relevant. I think it fits in the thread, but then again, I may be wrong.
I have heard that at times that the hakama was worn with the intention of hiding the art underneath. The skills were passed down through family lines and hakama were one way of hiding how techniques were done.
An additional thought is that I have also heard that uchideshi would pay Ueshiba Sensei to be his uke in demonstrations so that they could feel the technique and learn from it, since they couldn't see what he was doing under the hakama. One thing that this did was make sons of families with money the more skilled uchideshi...
Anyway...just a thought.