Originally posted by darin
...Have any of you seen the hakama been tucked in the sides? Is this allowed in your schools? Many people used to do it in my school including my teacher. This is where the outer sides of the hakama are tucked in the belt. Its like a hem.
I've seen a couple of instructors tuck in the hakama inside their belt. However that was so they could show the footwork of a particular technique. Otherwise the hakama hem would cover-up their footwork. Those are the only cases where I've seen this done.
Perhaps the funniest thing about the hakama is when you get up, usually from sitting seiza. You can step on the inside of the trouser-leg and trip over. Occasionally you might see this done at a really big demo. I think the higher ranked the person is the funnier the whole thing is
or maybe it's just me.