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Nidan Melbourne
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Styles: Goju-Ryu, BJJ, Balintawak Arnis

PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I can see why people see it as obsolete. But it does allow you to train in a way that doesn’t mean you have to replace clothing every week.

Belts are only really useful to help split classes up into groupings.
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SLK59
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Joined: 05 Nov 2020
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Location: USA
Styles: Shotokan karate-do

PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I practice a traditional karate-do style, and the dogi is an important part of that tradition. Wearing the dogi links me with that tradition and with my fellow traditional karateka. I don’t see any of that changing anytime soon.

While training at home on my own, I always do so in my dogi. It helps me get into the right frame of mind for training seriously. Could I just train in some old sweats instead? Sure. But for me, it just wouldn’t be the same.

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