So here is a question about wearing the hakama: does it hurt anyone else in the lower back region during training? Mine constantly hits me in one area on my left side when I do ukemi and today I asked my senpai if I could just take it off and train without it. I won't be able to do that for every practice but today it felt much better without it and i was able to do ukemi without any jolting pain like I get from wearing the hakama. It's the piece in the back that drives me crazy.
What do you think? I am trying to adjust it so it doesn't hit that spot it but it still hurts.
A question related to the other thread about your forthcoming gasshuku. Are you wearing a hakama because you are a yudansha, or because the university where you train allows kyu grade students to wear it?
I myself wear an Iwata hakama with a thick wrap-round obi and have no pain at all in the lower back when taking ukemi.
EDIT: I see the answer in post #7. However, I am curious about the reason.