As I understand it, Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei insisted that every pupil wear a hakama when practicing Aikido. In part, he insisted, no doubt, because the keikogi was considered underwear. However, the hakama also carried with it a certain significance that O-Sensei felt every Aikido’ka should be constantly conscious of when practicing Aikido.
The hakama prompts us to reflect on the nature of true bushido. Wearing it symbolizes traditions that have been passed down to us from generation to generation. Aikido is born of the bushido spirit of Japan, and in our practice we must strive to polish the seven traditional virtues.
So, I created this site, in part, to continually deepen my understanding of what the hakama represents and, at the same time, share the wisdom of the hakama with others.
My name’s Dave. I started studying Aikido in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at age 26. In a city of 150,000 people, there were only four Aikido’ka (including myself).
At age 27 my life took me in a direction that forced me to hang up my keikogi for 7 years. However, my love of Aikido never waned.
In late 2008 when I moved to a small town in southern Spain with a population of about 10,000, I was astonished to discover a thriving Aikido dojo just a few blocks from my new home.
Since then I have earned the rank of 2nd Kyu and the right to wear a hakama. Although I’m still very much a beginner, I feel a strong commitment to Aikido and wear the hakama with a deep sense of honor and responsibility.