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mjh1969
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Joined: 06 Jul 2020
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Location: Cypress, CA
Styles: Shotokan

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:16 am    Post subject: MATCHING LABELS Reply with quote

I have a weird question. Does the label on a person's belt always have to match their style of martial arts? I ask because I love the shito-kai circular label on Tokaido or Hirota belts but my main style of karate is shotokan. I could wear a JKA label but the shito-kai label appeals to me more.

Any input would be appreciated.
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Wastelander
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Location: Phoenix, AZ
Styles: Shorin-Ryu, Shuri-Ryu, Judo, KishimotoDi

PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really up to your instructor. In general, though, it's pretty rare that anyone cares that the labels on the keikogi and obi match. I don't think most people buy the same brand of keikogi and obi, to begin with, because of pricing, fit, and customization options.
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smuraix1
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Joined: 06 Jun 2022
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Styles: Shotokan, Shindo jinen Ryu, C.Gracie Lineage jiu jitsu

PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2022 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldnt worry about label matching. If it helps, just look at BJJ gis lol they have multiple label/sponsors all over their gis,
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ashworth
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2022 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dependent on your school and Instructor. We don't worry about matching labels
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sensei8
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2022 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take my label off my obi or cover it up. To me, it's just a label of very little significance.



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DarthPenguin
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Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Styles: Shotokan, Judo, BJJ

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2023 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a weird question : i have trained under people in the past for whom it would definitely matter, people who would tell you to remove the label regardless (as sensei_8 does), and people who couldn't care less.

Best approach (as is often the case!) is just to ask your instructor if it is something they care about. No need to risk offending/annoying someone inadvertently which just doing it and trying to slide it by them might do (plus you would be out the cost of the Belt too!)
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Sailor Sindbad
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Joined: 05 Dec 2019
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Styles: Kobayashi Shorin-ryu, Shotokan, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2023 7:09 am    Post subject: Re: MATCHING LABELS Reply with quote

mjh1969 wrote:
I have a weird question. Does the label on a person's belt always have to match their style of martial arts? I ask because I love the shito-kai circular label on Tokaido or Hirota belts but my main style of karate is shotokan. I could wear a JKA label but the shito-kai label appeals to me more.

Any input would be appreciated.


Although I've never seen a shrink, I'm pretty positive that I'm OCD, so I'd tell you "yes." But take that with a grain of salt.

I'm working out some OCD issues right now with the fact that I don't like Tokaido, yet they're the only brand with ISKF labels.
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