Originally posted by Edward
Osensei wanted originally all Aikidoka to wear Hakama regardless of their rank.
Currently it is restricted to Shodan ranks (men) and 4th or 3rd Kyu ranks (women).
What do you think about that?
Well, the policy originally changed because of the cloth shortage after the war, but M. Ueshiba was around and active for at least 15 years after the cloth shortages were gone. If he'd cared much about it he could have changed things at any time, but he never did. That says to me that he either preferred the new way or didn't care enough either way to go through the trouble (probably the latter, I would think).