How to clean a Hakama

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I have been practicing Aikido for almost 25 years and I have only had a couple of Hakama. Hakama are generally very durable, but you do want to keep them nice and clean so they can be worn for many years.

The best way, I have found, to clean a hakama is to have it dry cleaned by a professional dry cleaner. A good dry clean service can also repress the pleats of the hakama to make it look new.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Aikido over other martial arts?

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If someone would ask me about the pros and cons of practicing Aikido, then I wouldn’t be able to give them a short answer. Every positive thing I can think of comes with a negative. It all depends on your point of view and your objectives for training Aikido. It’s a Ying and Yang, or two sides of a coin kind of thing.

So here are the advantages and disadvantages of training and learning Aikido over other martial arts.

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