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HakamaHakama are black leggings worn over the top of the gi. Hakama are only worn by official club instructors and were part of the attire for Samurai.

Hakama are made of thick black cloth, sewn so it contains seven folds. These signify the traits the Samurai held in the highest regard, to be exhibited under all conditions or suffer great dishonour. The folds are separated out, with the first five folds worn at the front of the hakama, the remaining two at the rear.

Hakama Folds

Chugi
The first fold embodies the loyalty of the wearer to their lord, master and allies.
Gi
This represents the personal worth of the wearer. It defines the wearer's moral standpoint, and personal integrity.
Jin
This is the representation of how giving and benevolent the wearer is.
Makoto
Honesty is the fourth fold and represents the trustworthiness of the wearer.
Meiyo
Honorific status is denoted by this fold in the hakama.
Rei
The Rei is a courtesy of greeting and represents the social actions of the wearer.
Yuki
This final fold simply represents the courage and bravery of the hakama wearer.

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