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Old 08-26-2004, 09:17 AM   #1
Jeff Stallard
Dojo: Circle of Harmony / Columbus, Ohio
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 23
Heavyweight Hakama Easier to Move in?

I've never worn a hakama, but I'm starting iaido soon and I'm researching them. What I've noticed in my aikido is that the hakama tends to get in the way a lot. It gets caught on a toe, someone steps on it while throwing, uke gets hung in it while rolling, etc. I wonder if that's because the lighter weight material flows and moves so easily, thus finding its way into the little cracks and grooves that cause it to get hung on something. Would stiffer material prevent entanglements? Based on past experience with different fabrics, I'd say yes, but I'm curious what hakama wearers think.

Note that I'm not asking for general reviews of hakama; I'm specifically talking about the material getting caught on things.

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