Getting dressed: gi, obi, and hakama

At first, it can be confusing to put on your gi, obi, and hakama. There are different types of gi, belts of different lengths and widths, and different styles of hakama. In truth, you will find varieties of approaches to getting dressed and each student can really do whatever works for them. However, if you’re getting started and looking for some advice, these videos seem to me to be clear and relatively close to how I like to do things.

Putting on the pants

Tying the belt

A page with extended instructions plus a video is here: belt tying at Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand.

Here’s a video showing our way of tying belts plus two variations that are a little nicer:

Tying hakama

I’ll do this when we need it.

Folding gi

We don’t require gi folding in our dojo, but it can be helpful when you want to fit your gi for travelling or for a small bag to take with you to work or school.

Easier

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Harder

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Folding hakama

I’ll do this when we need it.