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Old 11-18-2008, 07:40 PM   #76
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Re: Hakama for non-yudansha

Funny how some threads get resurrected.

Anywho, I haven't worn my hakama for some time now. Not sure why not. I think mostly cuz I'm too lazy to fold it.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:20 PM   #77
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Re: Hakama for non-yudansha

Hey, Jen.

Yes is the answer there was nothing worse than that. I've had a lot of stuff happen to me on courses but that was THEE single most annoying thing. I was a beginner who pretty much knew nothing, having to try and talk through a technique with someone older than me, more experienced than me, this was at a time where i was a quiet 15 yr old. It ws a pretty daunting prospect for me, Nowadays though my attitude has changed, Training has a different approach but that tye of situation will always annoy me. Hakama wearers in dojo's is fine, but at national and international coursesi still believe it should be for yudansha.

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Old 11-19-2008, 02:59 PM   #78
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Re: Hakama for non-yudansha

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Hey, Jen.

i still believe it should be for yudansha.

I'm thinking of a short story by my former teacher, Terry Dobson Sensei.
It goes like this:
"Once I was sobbing on the mat because this old man refused to do things the way I thought they should be done. Because I was a beginner and because I thought there was one way to do it. And by God, he wasn't doing it well."

Well, Terry died with a different perspective from the one he started with. Through time, experience and the acceptance of inevitability, he brought us this lesson from the end of his own life as an illustration of how he had grown and as an inspiration for how we can too. He did it with a lot of humor. I do what I can to maintain mine. I hope you can, too.


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Old 11-20-2008, 01:27 PM   #79
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Re: Hakama for non-yudansha

Back in the day of 5th kyu and going to these courses it annoyed me that these people did not know the basic footwork of a technique. I was awarded my hakama at 3rd kyu but only wore it in class as to not confused other beginners at courss. Now i am not 5th kyu i have advanced in training, mentally and physically. These days i don't care who i train with, it doesn't annoy me personally, but that annoyance i always have with me. When i trained as a 5th kyu and went to train with someone as a 'higher' grade to teach me the technique i was severely disappointed when it went the other way, i didn't feel right doing it at such a young age, I was learned something at these courses but i believe i always could have learned just that little bit more!

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