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Old 07-26-2000, 08:05 AM   #1
Shouri (Steve)
Dojo: Silverstrand Dojo
Location: Lincoln, NE
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 7
Ai symbol

Okay...this may seem to be a silly question, but I have to ask. It is about clothing (again). Specifically, about a gi.

My question actually regards the movie Fist of Legend (a great Jett Li movie, which I would be happy to post the movie's synopsis if anyone would like to read it). The movie deals with a certain aspect of the occupation of China by Japan, pre-WWII. How this deals with the gi? Well, most of the Japanese depicted in the movie (and it wasn't too prejudice) were Kendoists. Most all of them wore hakama (and the master wore a brown hakama - in regards to the hakama color question). Their dogis were amazing. They were very elegant, with large sleeves (with tie-ups to shorten the length for combat and training) and made of a very classy material. The combination of very well-maintained hakama and very elegant dogi made for a very striking appearence.

Now, on to my question (sorry for the length). Is there ANYWHERE that I can find such a gi? Or a pattern for such a gi? The large, flowing sleeves and such. If anyone can help me out on this, I would really appreciate it. Note that this would be for a more formal wear, and not for standard Aikido practice.


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Old 07-26-2000, 08:48 AM   #2
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Dojo: Midwest Center For Movement & Aikido Bukou Dojos
Location: Hudson, WI
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 407

I have a friend that may be able to help you out. He owns Ronin Supply. They provide some very interesting supplies ,kamishimo, kabuto, etc. Check it out at http://www.roninsupply.com/index.html

Happy hunting.

Mike Ellefson
Midwest Center
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Old 07-26-2000, 09:16 AM   #3
Dojo: UBC Okanagan Aikido Club
Location: Kelowna
Join Date: Jun 2000
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I think that you were looking at a kimono over the gi. Gi is just underwear. Lots of places sell kimono, but it is relatively hard to find men's kimono. Hope this helps,

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Old 07-26-2000, 09:44 AM   #4
Shouri (Steve)
Dojo: Silverstrand Dojo
Location: Lincoln, NE
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 7
Arigato Gozaimashita

Thank you guys. I appreciate your assistance. You could very well be right, that is was kimono. Not sure, though, cause they looked just like gi, just more elegant of faberic and design. I will continue my search. And http://www.round-earth.com has patterns for kimono for men, as well as Hapi, Haori and Tabi.

And MikeE, thank you so much for the link. I love getting links to these kind of sites.


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