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Aikido can be tough on a hakama. And, depending on the hakama, the hakama can also be tough on you. Here are some things to consider when looking for a hakama for Aikido.

Length of the Hakama

If the hakama is even a little too long, you could easily trip on it and seriously injure yourself. Trust me. I know. When I got my first hakama, it was a little too long. I did my best to shorten it up by tucking the top of it into my obi. But it didn’t help much. I was constantly tripping on it, especially when taking breakfalls! Yeah. That’s dangerous.

Of course, if it’s too short, you’ll just look ridiculous. So, you don’t want that either.

Basically, you want it to fall at your ankles when standing upright.

Himo Stitching

The more stitching, the better. A lot of hakama only have two rows of stitching through the himo; one row at the top and another at the bottom. That’s just not going to cut it for Aikido. Without sufficient stitching, your himo will be hanging on by a thread after a year of training.

Rubber Koshiita

Traditionally, koshiita are stiff. Some hakama use a softer, more flexible rubber koshita which, in my opinion, feels better on my back when I’m taking ukemi.

Cotton vs. Polyester Hakama

A cotton hakama is generally going to look and feel nicer than polyester or a polyester blend, but it’s generally going to be more expensive and is more likely to bleed, especially if it’s an indigo hakama. One guy I know got himself an indigo cotton hakama. He washed the crap out of it before wearing it the first time hoping it wouldn’t bleed. Then he wore it to training and apparently turned the entire tatami blue. Embarrassing? Yes. A lot of work to try to clean up? Yes. Did he succeed in getting all the indigo out of the tatami? I have no idea.

Cotton also apparently breathes better. So, heat and perspiration will apparently dissipate more quickly and easily.

Polyester and other synthetic fabrics (like what the hakama retailers call Tetron) are supposed to hold their color, shape an pleats better and are apparently easier to manage in general. You can wash and iron them without weakening the pleats or cause the color to fade. They also tend to be cheaper. Of course, the downside to polyester hakama is that they don’t seem to breathe as well and, honestly, they just don’t look quite as nice.

If you’re buying your first hakama, I’d recommend a polyester hakama.

Where to Buy a Hakama

Nine Circles Hakama

Look, I’m not going to pretend that I’ve tried and put to the test all the different hakama out there. And I’m definitely not going to tell you where you should buy a hakama. I’m happy to tell you where I

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Black Polyester Rayon Hakama for Aikido

Tetron Hakama for Aikido

I’ve purchased clothing for Aikido and Kenjutsu from a variety of places. Obviously I haven’t worn every brand of gi and hakama, but I’ve worn a few. So far, the best clothing I’ve gotten has been from

Posted in Aikido Hakama, Black Hakama, Hakama for Sale, Tetron Hakama