We show you here how to find a Hakama with the optimal length for you.
1. The distance from the navel to the floor is measured.
2. If you have just started kendo, choose a shorter hakama. Advanced kendokas who can walk safely with a hakama tend to take a longer hakama instead.
3. When you try Hakama, you can check again if it's not too long or too short. For men with medium abdominal diameters, Hakama is worn with the upper edge at the level of the abdomen. If you have a bigger waist, wear the Hakama a few centimeters below your navel and therefore you need a slightly shorter Hakama.
4. The lower edge of the Hakama should be a few centimeters from the floor when viewed from the front. This will cover your feet. This makes it more difficult to estimate when you attack.