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Old 01-09-2004, 05:40 PM   #15
aoerstroem
Dojo: Renshin Aikido Dojo, Copenhagen, Denmark
Location: Copenhagen
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 18
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In our dojo we start to wear the Hakama from sankyu and up.

As a 7th kyu I dont get to wear one, and although I would really like to, I can see why I shouldn't. My instructors can evaluate my posture and footwork more easily and it is a great incentive for me to train and be able to wear that some day.

Regarding the question of importannce of the hakama, I strongly believe that it is an important part of the aikido training. For me it symbolises the 7 virtues, and reminds me that I am studying a civilised and noble art.

Just my two cents.
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