Thread: A center issue
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Old 07-26-2000, 01:53 PM   #6
Dojo: Dryden Aikikai
Location: Dryden, ON, Canada
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 15

I'm glad to see that the navel has been mentioned because I ran into an interesting question after one of my classes. I had talked about how the point 2" or so below the belly button is the center and how the hakama knot ties over that spot but after class a couple of female yudansha told me that because a female's hip structure is different than a male's, their hakama rides up higher and in fact their knot ends up being quite a bit above their navel. As we got into it further (comparing navels and all that fun stuff) it seems that a female's navel is located in a different place (higher if I remember correctly) on her body than a male's navel is.

So my question is whether the 2" below the navel rule is true for both sexes or is true only for males and if so where is the females' center?

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