Amelia Smith wrote:
In my dojo, the dojo members all pool their money to buy a black belt and hakama for whoever is testing for sho dan. So far, there have been 5 of us (wow, that's a lot, there were none when I started), 6 if you count the sensei.
We get our black hakama from the dojo after the shodan test, too. It gets presented by sensei in the first practice after your test. That was a very meaningful moment for me - sort of like coming of age or some rite of passage. A very special memory.