Ignacio Jaramillo (Nacho_mx) wrote:
The hakama will expose our shortcomings in footwork/taisabaki/ukemi, so itīs wearing should not be taken lightly.
This is the first time I've heard that one. Imho not wearing a hakama will tend to allow the legs and feet to be seen better and thereby aid in identifying any shortcomings in tai sabaki and ukemi.
Tomiki K. saw the wearing of the hakama as dangerous to the safety of one's training in high-speed, resistance-based randori as well.
Personally I don't see the great benefit (other than visual) in wearing one over not wearing one. But the gains in preserving oneself and uke from damage during training tend to be more measurable imho. When I train in Aikikai I am happy that I am not obligated to wear one by the senseis though
Just a few thoughts. I have no probs with those who want to wear one.