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Tanto Dai San

Tanto Dai San

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Folding the Hakama

Folding the Hakama

How should I fold my Hakama when I’ve finished training? The folding of your Hakama following training can serve as a cooling down period, a time to reflect while performing a repetitive, somewhat meditative task.  It also serves to keep your Hakama looking good by sharpening the Hida (pleats), flattening out the Himo (strings) andContinue Reading Folding the Hakama

The Hakama

The Hakama

The Hakama was originally used in Japan by horseback riders to protect their legs from brush, brambles, etc.  It was also used for formal occasions. Today the Hakama is worn outside of Japan mostly by Aikido, Iaido, Aiki-Jujutsu and a few other martial arts groups.  The Hakama is worn in Iaido both for symbolism andContinue Reading The Hakama