I meant no offence Rachel, merely bad wording on my part. My apologies.
I am still a baby in terms of my training time compared to most everyone here, and I still have a few lessons to learn. Back at home I never train with our group wearing a hakama. I respect those elder and senior to me and they respect me too. Hakama becomes a choice at 3rd kyu and above, I merely wear mine in ultra informal occasions. Mainly when I practicing with a few close friends of mine.
I suppose I'm used to training our way, since we pretty much don't deal with rank issues. Many many lessons.. and perhaps even a kyu test in my future.