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Old 02-05-2003, 12:48 AM   #51
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Dojo: Goleta Cultural School
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Rachel Massey (rachmass) wrote:
off the subject a bit; I usually buy double weave judo gis, and I always use fabric softners (the sheet types) because I really hate a rough gi against my neck. I know this is supposed to break down the fabric, but I typically get at least five years out of a gi top (less on the pants, but thats because I wear down the knees).
Me too, and bleach as well. Never really had a problem with it weakening.
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Old 02-05-2003, 06:40 AM   #52
Dojo: London Aikido Club
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I'm 5'0 and wear a 160cm gi with the corresponding belt. In a year I've only washed the belt once and wont do it again - it shrank about 4 inches!

Despite a lot of stretching, I can't get it back to it's original length and can't afford for it to shrink any further.

So Half Pints unite! Don't wash your belts!


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Old 02-21-2003, 10:51 AM   #53
Dojo: Methuen Aikido
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When I started I decided to only wash my belt after each promotion. It seems like a good time for a symbolic reminder to keep a beginners mind.
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Old 02-21-2003, 12:32 PM   #54
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Dan Ross (Dross) wrote:
Me too, and bleach as well. Never really had a problem with it weakening.
well neither bleach nor fabric softener are good for the environment, so that's one more thing to take into concideration.

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Old 02-22-2003, 10:42 AM   #55
Dojo: Aikido Philippines
Location: Manila
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I don't put any symbolism at all in my belt and how often I wash it. It's just something to keep my gi closed and anchor the hakama to. I wash it maybe once or twice a year. Even if I sweat a lot, the belt rarely gets wet. The color just makes it easier to hide the fact that I don't wash it regularly.
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Old 02-26-2003, 09:17 PM   #56
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Dojo: AikiDog Dojo
Location: Pittsfield, New Hampshire
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I am really grateful for this thread! THAT'S why I can't figure out this Ki thing! I've been washing it away!

I wash everything in the washer on cold. No shrinkage, no wearing out, lots of tangling around the agitator and all the other clothes.
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Old 02-26-2003, 09:47 PM   #57
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Cindy Perkins (cindy perkins) wrote:
I wash everything in the washer on cold. No shrinkage, no wearing out, lots of tangling around the agitator and all the other clothes.
I suggest buying yourself a little 'sock bag' made of nylon netting like they use in the military. You can put your belt or hakama in there and it won't get tangled in the machine.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:13 AM   #58
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Re: Washing Belts

Dont do it. keep your belt the same and if it fades you gain experience
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Old 01-24-2006, 11:35 AM   #59
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Re: Washing Belts

Hmmm, if I eat a master's dirty belt will I gain his power?


"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
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Old 01-24-2006, 12:29 PM   #60
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Re: Washing Belts

Washing the belt allows the belt to perform an old koryu technique, "shrink-age" which imparts great ki to the wearer,
Alec as all real warriors know! ;-)

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Old 01-24-2006, 07:41 PM   #61
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Re: Washing Belts

You guys are disgusting. Wash your damn belts!

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Old 01-25-2006, 05:51 AM   #62
James Kelly
Dojo: Glendale Aikikai
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Re: Washing Belts

don't wash mine because that's the tradition at my dojo... funny though, there's kind of a running joke at my old dojo that if you see a shodan or nidan with a really ragged black belt they're probably washing it to make it look older.
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Old 01-25-2006, 07:11 AM   #63
Mark Freeman
Dojo: Dartington
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Re: Washing Belts

This thread is now in its 4th year, a record in the making?

4 years talking about laundry....

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Old 01-25-2006, 07:55 AM   #64
Dojo: koteikan aikido centre
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Re: Washing Belts

beats talking about the weather.
my mother washed my blue judo belt because it leaked all over my kit. the excess dye washed out, but it wasnt a pretty blue anymore.
wish i knew kendo dye fixing tecniques back then.

dont have that problem now i do aiki, but i probly wont wash it, im curious to see how long it takes to turn black on its own
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