Martial Arts


Aikikai Hombu Dojo

Aikido Association of America


Aiki Toho Iaido

Iaito and Katana


Japanese Dress

Japanese Dress for General Martial Arts Practice

  • This is a discussion of tying a standard martial arts obi, but is interesting because it shows another way to tie it-other than the way I've been doing it for years, anyway. It's nice because it gives a flatter knot, which is especially useful under hakama.

Japanese Dress (with specific application to iai)

In general, iaido is practiced and demonstrated wearing more formal dress than general martial arts practice. In fact, many iaidoka demonstrate in formal kimono. But even in less formal dojo, it's common for students to wear hakama regardless of rank, and not unknown for them to wear kimono obi rather than the usual martial arts obi.

Interesting Tidbits

  • Namba aruki is a stylized way of walking, asserted to be practiced by Edo period samurai