Kimono – training wearup

For many people the martial arts are not only physical activity, but also the philosophy of life. It is a self-development and discipline training. The most important thing is your attitude to the kimono. Properly compiling kimono means to follow a kind of ritual, which is a constant component of all martial arts. Aykidoka’s uniform should always be neat and clean, same goes for his spirit.

Manual for kimono compiling:


 1. Carefully unfold the jacket on a flat surface wrapping its sides inside and outside of the sleeve.

 2. Fold the pants in a way shown at the pictures and put them on top of the jacket.

 3. Next, wrap jacket sleeves so that they would hugging pants on top of them.

 4. Next step: in mind vertically divide assembled clothes in half, bend external sides to the jackets inside an imaginary center.

 5. hen wrap the lower end over the upper as shown at pictures. Note: In some kimono assembly techniques we simply twist up it into a tube.

 6. And the last step. Using a belt, tie a strong knot over your kimono. Now you can safely put kimono into a bag and go home or training.

Obi - a traditional kimono belt. It is made of textile and can reach a length of five meters. It is ok to tie a knot on the front, and knot can have completely different shapes. Try to tie kimono are as described.

Instructions on how to tie a belt

 1. Cross belt ends on the front. The end of the right hand swipe under the left to the top.

 2. The end in your left hand slide down through the loop. You get a loop through which we must put the right end.

 3. Tighten the belt ends so that they are of equal length.

4. The ends of the belt if it has the correct length, must not fall below the knees.

5. The equal length of belt ends is a symbol of harmony of body and spirit.

6. The end labeled with name mean power and is traditionally situated at the right. The end with the written organization name represents the spirit and is situated to the left.

escribed knot is suitable for wide belt of dense tissue. You should pick up a knot according to your belt characteristics.

Hakama - traditional Japanese clothing worn in ancient times only in special cases: during graduation ceremonies, demonstrations of martial arts, to the wedding. Hakama as casual wear could serve only to members of the nobility.

Instructions on dressing hakama

1. Before wearing hakama, make sure it is of your size. Appose hakama to your feet. It is considered the ideal length when hakama reaches from waist to the ankles. If hakama is longer you will muddle up. If it is shorter it will just look ugly.

2. Appose hakama to you: its height should be at hand above the waist. On both sides pull the belts and send them back, crossed behind your back. Place the "cross" a bit below the belt. Fix it with a knot.

3. Rear Hakama’s belt move forward, placing it at the upper thighs level under the belt.

Note that you need to tie a knot the front at the navel. If its ends are too long, hide them by the belt to the left.

4. You can wear hakama in other way. You need to cross back belt behind the back, bring them forward (with a long enough waist length) and fix them with flat knot at the waist. The free ends may hang down.

5. The front belt stretch at the hips level and fix it inside of hakama. You can tie it as usual tie knot or bow.

6. On top of hakama obi is tied. It is special kimono element. Men’s obi is short: its width is about 10 cm. Women's obi is 30 cm wide. Obi can reach 4 meters length.

7. Place the obi behind the back and flip its ends to the waist so that they round you and again cross behind the back.

8. Pay attention to obi behind at the waist. Put koshihimo under the node. It is a special pillow and it fixes surrounding belts. Ponytails hide under the obi belt.

Hakama’s folds value

Hakama’s folds have particular meaning. They symbolize the seven Budo virtues: Jin (benevolence), gi (honor or justice), Rei (courtesy and etiquette), chi (mind, wisdom), sin (sincerity), chu (loyalty) and do(compliance with debt). Hakama encourages all who study aikido to think about the nature of true Budo. Wearing hakama symbolize traditions that are passed down to us from generation to generation. It is important that in our practice of Aikido we constantly pursue to improve the seven traditional virtues.