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Old 05-20-2010, 06:22 AM   #51
Dojo: Wokingham Aikido
Location: Reading, UK
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 393
United Kingdom
Re: Washing Hakama & Belt

Christine Morris wrote: View Post
I washed my obi too, risking the wrath of the gods: I was teasingly warned that doing so would "wash the training out."
Aaaarrrghhhhhh! How can a piece of cloth have any memory of your training? This is about as logical as thinking that your jo can remember the kata or your bokken can remember the suburi...

Aikido training is remembered in your mind and body, not in anything you wear or carry - c'mon people can we have some logical thinking about this please?

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Old 05-20-2010, 10:06 AM   #52
Keith Larman
Dojo: AIA, Los Angeles, CA
Location: California
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,604
Re: Washing Hakama & Belt

Walter Martindale wrote: View Post
While we need to not be obsessive about cleanliness - our immune systems need some stimulus - use it or lose it, we also need to look after ourselves and attempt to not share too many bugs.
Yeah, I don't see this as a complicated or difficult issue. To me it is simply common courtesy. I don't particularly care if someone has poor hygiene habits in their home or with their family. Whatever. However, the moment they step into the dojo it becomes everyone's concern.

Wash the damned gi...

I worked for a few years when I was in college sterilizing medical instruments. The stuff I read and learned while doing that forever convinced me of the absolute power of a little water, soap, and rubbing. Some bad bugs are really hard to kill once they get entrenched. But those same things are so easily prevented most of the time by simply keeping everything reasonably clean. An ounce of prevention...

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Old 05-20-2010, 11:33 AM   #53
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 909
Re: Washing Hakama & Belt

Keith Larman wrote: View Post
Well, I don't see how that is much consolation. First of all they're talking about the obi only. That is usually hidden away for the most part under the hakama. Not washing a gi for an extended time is another thing entirely...

Heck, there are those who claim that upwards of 30-40% don't wash their hands after using a public restroom. That so many don't is hardly a good excuse.
Yeah I never wash my belt lol

I DO wash my gi for the record

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Old 05-20-2010, 03:56 PM   #54
David Board
Dojo: Aikido of Reno
Location: Reno/NV
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 74
Re: Washing Hakama & Belt

It's a hockey stick not a Jo but this thread reminded me of this ad.


Of course, there is nothing like hockey equipment for skin infections.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:19 AM   #55
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2
Re: Washing Hakama & Belt

I washed my belt once and now I know why they call it bad luck. My belt became soft as a tie and had to buy a new one.

Might be good to use under the hakama though later when I get it.
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