Tim Griffiths wrote:
I'm not sure about Peter's 'safety' comment - anyone had a (non-trivial) hakama-related injury?
Most Shodokan and Yoshinkan Aikidoka I know don't wear Hakamas to practice as they use lots of Judo type movements and throws in their training (Leg sweeps/reapings).
As for myself, I cheerish my hakama. Maybe because I link it with my Shodan promotion, something I worked very hard to earn.
Besides it gives me a sense of tradition, something that I think is important in this day and age.
Peace and Blessings