Aikido Hakama - Black Wide Maehaba #10,000 Cotton - by NineCircles

Aikido Hakama - Black Wide Maehaba #10,000 Cotton - by NineCircles

54.17

This Miyabi Aikido Hakama is made from top quality #10000 Cotton and incorporates many special features specifically for Aikido.

This Hakama has a rubber Koshi Ita (backplate) which is very forgiving during hours of rolling Ukemi!  It also features extra long Himo (ties) which make it ideal for tying very securely.  The front Himo measure approximately 4.2m and the back Himo are 2.05m.  These Himo are also heavily reinforced with 7 lines of stitching through the length of each tie.  The Hakama also features, partially stitched in pleats to keep it looking good for longer, reinforced side vents and a high class wide cut, making this model one of the best and most unique we have ever seen.

Top quality materials and manufacturing combined with innovative design, hallmarks of the Miyabi brand which have culminated in another great Hakama, you will not be disappointed!

Also in Indigo Blue (£75:00)

The Fudou Aizome Hakama is a unique addition to the Miyabi range.  A first of its kind and a classic in the making, this 100% natural cotton Hakama in rich indigo blue does not bleed dye, a stark contrast to other Aizome Hakama on the market.

The Japanese characters for Fudou indicate immoveable as in Fudoshin (immoveable mind).  This fixed indigo dye Hakama is beautifully made from top quality #10000 Cotton and incorporates many special features specifically for Aikido.

  • Fudou Aizome - Fixed Indigo Dye - No more stained Aikido Gi, mats or training partners.  For many years customers have asked us for a blue heavy cotton Aiki Hakama which doesn't bleed dye and here it is!
     

  • Best Quality - Miyabi specialise in top quality clothing for Kendo, Iaido and Aikido.  Fabric quality, manufacturing methods and final finishes are all top priority and this model delivers on every front.
     

  • Aikido Features - Almost too many to mention!  Special Aikido features include a flexible Koshi Ita (back plate), extra long reinforced Himo (4.20m front, 2.05m back), partial stitched pleats and reinforced side vents.

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Early Development of the Martial Arts (Bugei) 1000AD 

As the feudal era advanced, the Samurai came to occupy the uppermost strata of Japanese society. Their principal duty was to learn and practice many martial arts, the skills necessary to fulfil their allegiance to the feudal lord for whom they were expected to fight and die. There were numerous martial arts which the Bushi were required to learn: Kenjutsu (sword), Bajutsu (horsemanship), Kyujutsu (archery), and Sojtsu (spear) constituted the principal combat arts. A favourite saying among Bushi at that time was 'Master Eighteen Martial Arts'. Additionally, it was necessary that the Bushi learn a secondary system of combat techniques to support their armed fighting methods. These unarmed techniques were referred to as Kum7iuchi and involved a form of grappling techniques which evolved from Sumo (combat wrestling). Throughout the feudal era, the distinction between armed and unarmed techniques became greater. Development of Unarmed Techniques and Aiki-Jujutsu By degrees, unarmed combat techniques developed into different systems and styles (ryu). Varying battlefield situations and the technical requirement of feudal warfare led to the establishment of various ryu which were controlled by, and passed down through, the larger powerful families. One of these systems was Aiki-Jujutsu. It is not completely clear where Aiki techniques originated, but it is said to have originated with Prince Tei Jun, the 6th son of the Emperor Selwa (850-880), and passed on to succeeding generations of the Minamoto family. By the time the art reached Shinra Saburo Yoshimitsu, the younger brother of Yishite Minamoto, it seems that the foundations of modern Aikido had already been laid. Yoshimitsu was a man of exceptional learning and skill, and it is said that he devised much of his technique by watching a spider skilfully trap a large insect in its fragile web. His house, Daito mansion has given its name to his system of Aiki-Jujutsu which came to be called Daito Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu. Yoshimitsu's second son lived in Takeda, in the province of Kai, and his family became known by the name Takeda. Subsequently, the techniques of Daito Ryu were passed on to successive generations as secret techniques of the Tekeda house and were made known only to family members and retainers. When Kunitsugu Takeda moved to Aizu in 1574, the technique came to be known as Aizu-todome (secret techniques). During the 16th century, Japan was embroiled in civil wars. Each feudal Lord (Daimyo) struggled to maintain a powerful, independent position within the country. In order to do so, each Daimyo had to create a stable, unified force of his own, which required a very strong bond between the lord and his Bushi. Bushido, the code of the Samurai, encouraged the development of combat techniques; cultivated the qualities of justice, benevolence, politeness and honour; and above all inculcated the idea of supreme loyalty to lord and cause. It was during this period of independence and feudal isolation that combat forms developed into numerous ryu.