Re: Poll: Would you wear a hakama with its knee(s) patched in your aikido dojo?
My dojo has hakama for yudansha and instructors only. But you can become an instructor rather suddenly, and if you are kyu rank and don't own a hakama, someone will dig one up to lend you. If it has holes in the knees, well, wear it with pride.
If my own got like that, though, I would order another one. I saw a senior student's loaner hakama go from "small holes in knees" to "rag bin" in the course of one ukemi recently....