Aikido Hakama, aikido apparel, and equipment you choose to use says a lot about you. You'll need a hakama that is good quality, and will survive some heavy training.
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Hakama are skirt-like pants that are usually worn by students who have reached the level of black belt. Although in some groups they are worn earlier.
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 only wearing it from dan grade black belt level. This never changed in most associations.
There are 7 folds in the hakama, 5 in the front, and 2 in the back. They encourage you to reflect on the nature of true budo. Wearing it symbolizes traditions that have been passed down for generations. 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 special Japanese shrines.
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