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Old 11-17-2003, 04:20 PM   #1
Jack Simpson
Dojo: Western Maryland Aikikai - Frederick, Maryland
Location: hangin' with the tengu in the "mountains" of Maryland
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 91
rubber koshita

I'm trying to fix a dying koshita on my hakama and would like to replace the in'nards with rubber, similar to that used in Iwata hakama. Does anyone have suggestions on the source of an acceptable bit of rubber. Thanks much.

Jack Simpson
Capital Aikikai of Frederick - Maryland
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Old 11-17-2003, 05:46 PM   #2
Dojo: Hacienda LaPuente Aikikai
Join Date: Feb 2003
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I've tried several different materials as mine have worn out over the years. By far the best thing I've found is a thin mouse pad cut to size. It's stiff enough for shape while remaining flexible and durable.

Try it out, I bet you'll like it!
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Old 11-17-2003, 06:35 PM   #3
Kensho Furuya
Dojo: Aikido Center of Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles
Join Date: Apr 2002
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Clever! Btw, s/b "koshi-ita."
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Old 11-17-2003, 07:35 PM   #4
Location: NJ
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Thats cool because now you can wear your hakama to work. Where it could double for a back up mouse pad. Lord knows there is nothn worse than having mouse pad shortage. Heck you could double as work station your koshi for the mouse and your back for writing on or as tower storage.

Someone write this down, I think I am on to something here.

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Old 11-17-2003, 08:55 PM   #5
Location: Alberta, Canada
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That's got to be one thick mousepad!

Can you use the one's with the gel pad too (he he).

The koshiitas in the Aikido style hakamas from Tozando rock, they are some sort of heavy rubber. They are real comfortable.
I thought you could buy just the inserts?

Bruce Kimpel
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Old 11-17-2003, 11:43 PM   #6
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
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As an aside. My girlfriend just made me a hakama from the pattern at Round Earth Publishing. She modified it so the koshi-ita insert is removable through a slit on the inside which is closed with velcro. Now it can be taken out for washing and easily replaced if need be. She also replaced the plastic "spoon" with two tabs of fabric that velcro around the belt. It's pretty cool. If you sew, or have a sewing type person who'd be willing to help I'd recommend making one at home.


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Old 11-18-2003, 09:32 AM   #7
Jack Simpson
Dojo: Western Maryland Aikikai - Frederick, Maryland
Location: hangin' with the tengu in the "mountains" of Maryland
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Thanks for the suggestion of the mouse pad. Often times the obvious is invisible. Thanks also for the spelling correction.

I did pick up a square of rubber at the hardware store referred to as "plumber's gasket", which was about 6"x6", so a little too narrow, however, I might be able to make it work. It's has a hefty, yet flexible feel, so we'll see. Thanks again.


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