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Old 11-09-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
Location: STL
Join Date: Nov 2005
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Question Last question of the day, I promise

I had planned on going to pick up a dogi today on my lunch break, but I just realized there are some things I don't know...

1. I know the pants and top have to be white/off-white, but what about the belt (I'm guessing white, but hey, I'm really new)?

2. Forgive me for not knowing the name of it, but I think I'm supposed to have a hakama(sp?)... it goes over your pants... It's really the only other part of the uniform aside from the top, pants, and belt, so I'm pretty sure you know what I mean. Do I need one of these? What color should I get?


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Old 11-09-2005, 11:39 AM   #2
Robert Jackson
Dojo: seishinkan
Location: Texas City.
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 133
Re: Last question of the day, I promise

1. Typically you begin with a white belt... for the most it comes with a new Gi.
2. Hakama, depends on the assosication. You'll want to check with your instuctor first. Sometime it's only yondansha (black belts) and sometimes it's everyone.
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Old 11-09-2005, 11:41 AM   #3
Location: STL
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Re: Last question of the day, I promise

ASU is the association...

Yesterday sensei told another beginning (but with more experience than me) student to get one... I don't think color matters, but if someone in my assoc. knows for sure it'll help.


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Old 11-09-2005, 12:15 PM   #4
Brian Vickery
Dojo: Aiki-Buken Aikido
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 208
Re: Last question of the day, I promise

Hey Doug,

Your enthusiasm is very refreshing and commendable, but before you spend money unnecessarily, ask your sensei, or one of the more advanced students, about the dress code at your particular dojo!

Besides answering these questions, they will be able to tell you where to get the best price on these items


Brian Vickery

Last edited by Brian Vickery : 11-09-2005 at 12:21 PM.

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Old 11-09-2005, 01:08 PM   #5
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
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Re: Last question of the day, I promise

And how to fit it correctly...

Ron (have fun training!)

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Old 11-09-2005, 01:15 PM   #6
Karen Wolek
Dojo: Kingston Aikido
Location: New York
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 322
Re: Last question of the day, I promise

I agree with Brian and Ron. Ask your teacher or a senior student. At my dojo, we can buy a gi right there....or order one if we don't have the right size available. Every dojo is different....even within the same association, there can be differences. Like with the hakama, at my dojo you don't wear one til shodan, but my friend's dojo (same association, USAF), she started wearing one at 5th kyu (the first test).

Ask at the dojo!

Last edited by Karen Wolek : 11-09-2005 at 01:29 PM.

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Old 11-09-2005, 01:21 PM   #7
Mark Mueller
Location: Louisville Kentucky
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Re: Last question of the day, I promise


I never saw it "officially" anywhere ( I was a former ASU member), but the practice at the DC dojo was to get a hakama after your passing your 6th kyu test.
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:35 PM   #8
Kevin Leavitt
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Location: Olympia, Washington
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Re: Last question of the day, I promise

Hey Mark, you are correct. In ASU you can get your hakama at anytime you wish. It is not required until after 6 Kyu. In fact, I'd wait until then. It will protect you somewhat from getting tossed around by someone that doesn't know you are a rote beginner.

ASU doesn't make a big deal out of wearing the hakama, everyone is expected to wear it though in most ASU dojos, at least in mine. (except when we were studying with Bob!)
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