Re: Hakama Help
Here's what works for me - please note YMMV...
As you are decending into seiza (about halfway down), reach between your legs with your right hand and gently push the fabric of the hakama outwards behind your knees, left then right. Don't bend over as you do this, and please don't "pop" the material (some consider this to be the extreme of boorishness). Once you are all the way down in seiza, if you have done this correctly you'll have this "butterfly" look with the excess material evenly spread out on either side yet the top remaining nice and smooth. You can always reach down and draw in the excess alongside your calves, especially if you are in line. However, check with your sensei as to whether sitting then tucking is preferred or if less fidgeting/leave it alone is the correct route.