The Hakama is a traditional Japanese garment that was worn by men in the upper classes of Japan as early as 900 AD.
Its origin - so the presumption - lies in the Heian period (794 - 1185), when women at the imperial court wore pant skirts over their kimono.
The samurais adopted the Hakama as a traditional item of clothing as early as the 12th century. Up until World War II, it was normal for men to meet Hakama and Haori in public. With the "westernization" of Japan, the Hakama was only used on formal occasions such as Weddings, ceremonies and shrine visits, in traditional Japanese dance, as well as in various martial arts (e.g. Aikido, Iaido or Kendo) (with leg division). In addition to protecting the legs during combat, it also served in sword fighting to ensure that the position of the feet was not visible to the opponent -
so the opponent could not draw any conclusions from the position of the feet as to how the attack or defense occurred.

The Hakama has seven folds, which symbolize the seven virtues of Budo:
JIN - goodness | GI - honor, justice | REI - Courtesy, Etiquette | CHI - wisdom, intelligence | SHIN - sincerity | CHU - Loyalty | KOH - piety

For me personally - when I wear my Hakama - the value is in the heart. It has an important meaning to me. It is my recognition that I am able and worthy to continue on the way of the warrior - on my sword way. At the same time it is a symbol of the bond between my teacher Günther Maag-Röckemann and me as a student and a connection to my sword. I always wear my Hakama - also imaginary and at all times.

Hakama size chart:
Body Size 155 160 165 170 175 180 185 190 195 200 205 210
Lenght Man 83 87 91 95 99 102 106 110 114 118 122 126
Lenght Woman 85 89 93 97 100 104 108 112 116 120 124 128

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