Peter Rehse (PeterR) wrote:
I've never seen a member of a Japanese Aikido dojo blink over the fact that I didn't wear a hakama. Judo guys don't, karate guys don't, several Koryu that I've seen don't - other groups do. It really is a matter of choice and fashion.
Wearing a hakama really does help secure my saya and making drawing and putting away my sword more controlled and therefore increases safety. So in that case, I consider it a necessary part of my practice outfit for iaido.
It also covers up whatever shorts or colorfully unfashionable gym pants I am wearing underneath. And that like Dennis says can be considered a benefit for my partners.