Iaido gear, part 1

Was originally planning to post about my Iaido gear at one go, but since I’m still waiting for my bokken (wooden sword), I thought I might as well go ahead with my keiko gi (practice clothes) first.

hakama and gi

1. Uwagi (practice jacket).  Really thick and tough, also used for Aikido.

2. Obi (belt.. in this case, white for a beginner like me! 🙂  Will need to get a proper iaido obi when I get my iaito (practice sword) so it’ll hold better because this one would be too thin)

3. Hakama (the black trousers that Rama is perched on top of)…. Learning how to wear that properly is hard!! Even how to fold it after class is an art form! (Look at the pretty intricate bow I managed to do at last!) All the pleats, himo (strings to tie the Hakama) and koshiate (back panel of the hakama) has to be folded just right to get this looking nice and neat, and ready to be worn for the next lesson.

I forgot to plonk my zori (Japanese sandals) into the shot. Will put that in with my next post about Iaido gear when I get my bokken!!


For those who were wondering, I go to Aikido of London for my classes. Any Londoners/London-visitors interested in joining either Aikido or Iaido?



12 thoughts on “Iaido gear, part 1

  1. sMitchypoo wearing uwagi, nyommin unagi while running away from usagi.

    Posted by Muks | February 16, 2009, 3:37 pm
  2. Nyom! Unagi! Nyom usagi as well!

    Mmmm… usagi stew with carrots…. 😛

    Posted by enkemeniel | February 16, 2009, 4:07 pm
  3. The usagi is crazy.

    Posted by Muks | February 17, 2009, 10:01 am
  4. yes he is….

    Posted by enkemeniel | February 17, 2009, 10:55 am
  5. So the fox plushie is part of Iaido gear as well?

    Posted by Leonard | February 17, 2009, 11:51 am
  6. Guardian… Inari’s Kitsune ma.. 😛

    Posted by enkemeniel | February 17, 2009, 2:03 pm
  7. Rama came out to investigate because he misheard enk-Bob. He thought she said usagi, not uwagi.

    Posted by Muks | February 17, 2009, 3:21 pm
  8. Rama hides from said fur-chewing insane usagi.

    Posted by enkemeniel | February 17, 2009, 3:45 pm
  9. UNAGI…!

    Posted by Leonard | February 18, 2009, 4:29 am


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