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Old 10-14-2003, 09:43 AM   #8
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Maybe the gi and hakama are a bit stupid to train in if we are training for self-defence. Admittedly pockets could catch fingers and t-shirts get ripped and trousers could spilt. I'd prefer a standard uniform which is cool, hardwearing, not dangerous and similar to street clothes. One item, the shoes - provides a very different feel to aikido. Also I think it would be useful to train in restricted environments (bar simulations) and uneven ground (kerbs).

I've done some training outside in street clothes - very similar really except things get dirty & can get ripped.

Myabe the solution is just to hav a few outdoor sessions/bar sessions every so often. (there is enough to think about alrady!)

Ian

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