Although I spend all my training time in BJJ these days, I studied Koryu iaido for a short while (~18 months) in a very traditional kendo/iaido/kung-fu school (how's that for a mix of TMA?)Quote:
Originally Posted by Phrost
Just as an aside, I learned that there are actual training reasons for wearing a hakama that go beyond merely 'dressing the part'.
I'm not sure if they pre-date the hakama itself -- only that an understanding of those principles actually makes the hakama itself an essential training tool (for footwork and hip movement primarily) as much as a uniform.
Although iaido certainly does have its fair share of role-player types, I actually found alot of the training to have application outside strict kenjutsu -- and some of it complemented my Arnis training.
In particular, some of the footwork and hip movement relevant to wielding a katana effectively can apply to virtually any weapon offensively or defensively -- including sticks, rakes, pool cues, etc.