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Old 06-04-2001, 01:28 PM   #26
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Dojo: Evanston Ki-Aikido
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Exclamation Tucked Hakama

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.

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Old 06-04-2001, 02:06 PM   #27
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I, as a white belt, was practising henka-waza with a 4rth dan (W.Timms) last year and stood on HIS hakama during it....dammit he nearly took my balance...

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Old 06-09-2001, 02:10 PM   #28
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A Hakama is just part of things

I realize that the limiting of who wore the Hak was a money/availablity thing originally but it has degenerated into a class (yudansha/mudansha) thing now. I started life in the MA in Aikido. No Hak for 4 years. then I wore one for two before giving up aikido for other arts. Of the three only the JJ that I study doesn't use the Hakama (at all) It might be Aikido's Gendai status that has brought about the gradual intro to the Hak. I don't by into the opinion that only those of a certain rank should wear it that way you know their experience either. My Jo class rank/experience is obvious no matter the uniform. Same is true in JJ though we all wear whitebelts (well mines sorta grey) My personal opinion is that the Hakama is a part of the Art and should be worn from the get go. But I hold no power so my opinion is just that...mine. An art as big as Aikido has become is going to have lots of politics (many parasites) and rules to keep everyone in line. While this isn't always a bad thing sometimes good things get lost in the crowd.

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