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Old 05-12-2003, 06:04 AM   #9
Tim Griffiths
Dojo: Nes Ziona Aikikai
Location: Suzhou, China
Join Date: Aug 2001
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I like wearing a hakama - I like the tight feeling around the hips (I also wear a wide obi for the same reason), it helps me keep better posture.

I'm not sure about Peter's 'safety' comment - anyone had a (non-trivial) hakama-related injury?

It explains a lot about Japanese food too - you really don't want to eat heavily spiced stuff when you wear one.

Isn't that the *real* reason many dojo's don't wear one until shodan? "OK, you think you're pretty good, now try doing all that while wearing a skirt".

Tim

If one makes a distinction between the dojo and the battlefield, or being in your bedroom or in public, then when the time comes there will be no opportunity to make amends. (Hagakure)
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