Although there’s no “official standard” for tying a hakama, many Kendo clubs use methods similar to this one.
Video demonstration of how to tie a hakama
Hi. I’m Taro Ariga, CEO of e-bogu.com. Today I will be explaining about how to wear a kendo uniform. The top portion and the bottom portion. The top portion is called kendogi and the bottom portion is called hakama. First of all you wear the keikogi first. Usually the keikogi comes with a string inside which can be tied or you can just leave it free. I don’t usually tie this one. I only tie the one in the front. I tie the front first. And make sure the kendogi fits well on you body.
Then you take the hakama. Starting with the right foot, put your right foot in, then your left foot. Make sure your kendogi is tucked in correctly. Take the front portion [of the hakama] first. Take the strings to the back. Then bring them to the front. Tie it under your belly. And bring it to the back again. So, the back will look like this. We’ll tie it right here.
(Notice that Taro ties a bow in the back, a variation from the example above).
Next, take the back portion of the hakama. Take this little plastic piece and tuck it inside the knot that you just made. Then you bring the front strings [actually the back himo ;)] to the front. Tuck [one of the himo] under the front strings that you just tied. Make a knot here. Then take this string that’s left over and tuck it to the sides so it won’t be hanging.
Also, you want to be sure that the back side of your keikogi is straight here [so] it’s not all wrinkled. And this is it. This is how you wear a Kendo uniform.
Hold the sides of hakama where the front and back seams come together in a “V”. Put your right leg in first, then your left leg.
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