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Hakama are skirt-like pants that are usually worn by students who have reached the level of black belt.
The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei insisted that everyone should wear the hakama, but he lived in a time and culture where it was standard formal wear.
But because of cloth shortages, it was decided (temporarily) to begin wearing it from dan grade level.
There are 7 folds in the hakama, 5 in the front, and 2 in the back, that encourage you to reflect on the nature of true budo. Wearing it symbolizes traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. The pleats symbolise the seven virtues of budo...
1 - Yuki... courage, valor, bravery.
2 - Jin... humanity, charity, benevolence.
3 - Gi... justice, honour, righteousness, integrity.
4 - Rei... etiquette, courtesy.
5 - Makoto... sincerity, honesty, reality.
6 - Chugi... loyalty, fidelity, devotion.
7 - Meiyo... reputation, dignity, prestige.
Hakama are also part of the every-day wear of Shinto priests who maintain and perform services at Japanese shrines.
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