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Old 04-20-2006, 12:07 AM   #26
Lucy Smith
Dojo: Samurai Dojo
Location: Montevideo
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 138
Re: Poll: Do you wash your aikido belt?

The belt represents your training. The marks in the belt are the marks of training. The hole process is somewhat "written" in your belt. My Sensei told us this, and told us it was tradition not to wash it. So we don't.
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Old 04-20-2006, 12:09 AM   #27
Lucy Smith
Dojo: Samurai Dojo
Location: Montevideo
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 138
Re: Poll: Do you wash your aikido belt?

ups!!!! my english is awful. I meant WHOLE not hole.
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:36 PM   #28
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Dojo: Lower Providence Aikido
Location: Way too far East to suit me...
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 47
Re: Poll: Do you wash your aikido belt?

My sensei told me to wash and dry mine a few times, to get it good and pliable, so it would be easier to tie...so whenever I get a new belt, I wear it in a bit, and then I don't bother. But it's nothing to do with tradition for us.

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Old 04-20-2006, 04:56 PM   #29
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Dojo: Brazil Aikikai - Instituto Takemussu
Location: São Paulo
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 37
Re: Poll: Do you wash your aikido belt?

I´m still 2kyu, but we here use colored belts...

My wife just started Aikido (1 week ago!!!) and she is soooo happy because she is using the same white belt that I used when I started Aikido and I have never washed it...
She is always saying..."You see how dirty my belt is, it i because it was Bruno´s and it has his Ki and lalala...."

Don´t wash your belt may not hold ki or may smell a little, but can make someone happy...lol
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:41 PM   #30
Jory Boling
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Dojo: A.K.I.,Misakikai Dojo
Location: Yokosuka, Japan
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 192
Re: Poll: Do you wash your aikido belt?

I wash mine when it gets excessively dojo and I wash my wife's obi just to break it in. When I first started training, I was curious to see if a white obi would one day turn black (per the story about the origins of the black belt). Since then, I haven't placed any special significance on it, other than it holds my dogi closed.

Pertaining to the "what do they do in Japan" aspect, I think the mudansha always wash their belts. They are always very clean. I don't know about all the yudansha. Their belts are hidden under their hakama. They have that clean yet lived in look.

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