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Old 03-29-2003, 06:32 AM   #13
Kelly Allen
Dojo: Friends Dojo
Location: Winnipeg
Join Date: Jan 2003
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IMHO the dojo that has everyone wearing a hakama are more traditional than the ones who require you to have rank. O Sensei himself required everyone to wear a hakama so that they weren't coming onto the mats in just their underwear (grappleing gis are in fact underwear). It was only later that the hakamas were used as a status symbol.
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