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Old 02-28-2006, 04:18 PM   #12
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Dojo: Kaiso Dobun Kenkyukai
Join Date: Feb 2006
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New Zealand
Re: What's in a belt?

Where I trained originally: white until shodan, hakama at shodan.

When I went to Japan: white until shodan, hakama at ikkyu but only at the home dojo and not when training elsewhere.

Where I'm training now: White until sankyu, brown until shodan, hakama as soon as you can afford it.

As a personal feeling, I believe mudansha (if training elsewhere) should follow the general guidelines of the dojo they visit. If only their yudansha wear hakama, it's probably best that you don't etc.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.

Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching, Ch48
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