Category: Hakama

What Do the Pleats in the Aikido Hakama Mean?

hakama pleats

In his book Principles of Aikido, Mitsugi Saotome states that the seven pleats of the hakama (five in front and two in back) represent the seven virtues of Bushido. This claim may, in fact, have a degree of truth to it.

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How to Earn a Hakama in Aikido

Principles of Aikido

Originally, in Aikido the hakama was not earned but rather was a part of the standard uniform a student of Aikido was expected to wear. The hakama were the pants of the uniform. In fact, that’s basically what the hakama

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How to Tie a Hakama for Aikido

Tying a hakama - method 2

There are lots of ways to tie a hakama for Aikido and I’m sure most are equally valid. Here are the two most common and most distinct methods. Each may have innumerable variations, but they’re all based on these two fundamental

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Himo

Himo are straps used for holding garments in place. On the hakama the himo are attached to the top of the hakama at the front and back.

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Obi

Kimono

Obi is a belt or sash worn around the waist of a kimono, keikogi or other traditional japanese clothing. It can serve the functional purpose of keeping the kimono closed but can also be purely decorative.

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Hera

Hera

The hera (also called hakama-dome) is a small toggle typically attached to the koshi-ita on the inside of the hakama. It is tucked into the top of the obi to keep the back of the hakama from sagging. Traditionally the hera was made from bone.

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Hakama-dome

Hera

The hakama-dome (also called hera) is a small toggle typically attached to the koshi-ita on the inside of the hakama. It is tucked into the top of the obi to keep the back of the hakama from sagging. Traditionally the

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How to Figure Out What Size Hakama to Get

Hakama size

Hakama sizes are based on a simple formula. If you know the length or your outseam, which is the distance from your belt to your ankle, then you can calculate what size hakama to get with this simple formula.

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What the hakama codes mean

If you’ve looked at any hakama, you’ve probably noticed some numbers like #8000 or #10000 used to describe the hakama. But what the heck do these numbers mean? Let’s find out…

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How to tie a hakama for Kendo

Although there’s no “official standard” for tying a hakama, many Kendo clubs use methods similar to this one.

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