Hakama is a traditional part of the samurai costume. It looks like long wide pants. Sensei Morihei Ueshiba proposed requirement for all people involved in aikido is mandatory to wear a hakama. Today in clubs students are usually allowed to wear hakama only after they reach a certain level. As for women, in those places where particularly revered Japanese tradition and not allow the weaker sex to show their legs, is permitted to wear a hakama regardless of skill level. In these clubs, women will not be enough to buy a kimono. For complete and will have to buy hakama.
If we consider the historical aspect of this kind of clothing, it was originally put on the hakama riders in order not to get my feet on the branches during fast riding. After the samurai class was abolished and most of them have remained warriors, but on foot, but do they have ceased wearing hakama. It was sort of a distinctive element that allows them to stand out among the ordinary people. In addition, during the fight hakama great movement of the legs masked fighter that was confusing the enemy. While buy kimono while most Japanese could not afford, so many of them produced their own equipment. There are 4 types of hakama. First - traditional - with two hakama trousers. The second type - short version first. The third kind - as a hakama skirt. The Fourth Kind - Official - Skirt length from 3 to 4.5 meters, which was used in the most exceptional cases.
If you need to buy hakama for aikido, then pay attention to the length. Hakama should not bother you. In addition, the hakama should always keep in shape so that you have a decent view in dojo.
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