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Old 09-25-2003, 07:26 PM   #1
Chocolateuke
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Cool What belt should I wear at a seminar??

Im going to a seminar tommorow. I haven't been to many seminars and am a little hazy about the formalities. I have a shodan in Yoshinkan, the seminar is an aikikai seminar. Should I wear my Black belt or White belt? I asked my Sensei and I believe he said I should wear my black belt, however I have a hearing impairment and am not 100%. It would be cool to wear the white belt and have a beginners mind and appearence.

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Old 09-25-2003, 07:47 PM   #2
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Can't go to far wrong with the White Belt, especially if it is not a seminar in your 'style'. It is a humble approach.

People will see you have experience from your ukemi.
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Old 09-25-2003, 07:50 PM   #3
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An Aikikai yudansha may wear a white belt if he/she wants at anytime but only if he/she wears the hakama. If you choose not to wear a hakama, then you should use your black obi. Well, at least that´s how it works around here.
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Old 09-25-2003, 08:06 PM   #4
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But I am not an Aikikai Yudansha, and I dont have a Hakama. HEH, Ill go white if that is no objection to the seneis.

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Old 09-25-2003, 10:49 PM   #5
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Of course, you should always ask first, I don´t think it will be a problem. You may even ambush some overconfident yudansha thinking you are a lowly beginner beware of their revenge when your real rank is out!
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Old 09-26-2003, 12:13 AM   #6
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Hi Dallas - it varies from dojo to dojo, seminar to seminar but lately I just go with white belt.

Personally I'm not a great seminar goer, I just don't feel I get that much out of them. I do visit dojos when I travel but even there its mostly a social thing.

In either case (especially when you go a different style) the black belt only serves (and then only sometimes) to insulate you from the 5th kyu shihan.

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 09-30-2003, 11:17 PM   #7
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you can never go wrong with sequins.
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