A little over five years ago, our founder--mentored by Shirakawa Hideo, an accomplished hakama tailor with over forty years experience--mastered the art of traditional hakama tailoring.
Then, guided by a long-time student at Akikai Honbu Dojo--who later became a director--we introduced a series of useful design innovations.
The Katsura Hakama is 100% made in Japan at the Atelier Katsura workshops. And it is sold directly under the distinctive Shirakawa red Ki label to many students in the Aikido community worldwide.
Katsura hakama owners in the U.S. then asked us to offer customized aikido gI. Our unique fitting method now ensures you get the best dogi size for your physique--easily and without confusion.
Considering the unmatched quality and the amount of workmanship involved, our prices are not only fair but also offer best value for money.
So, if you want to own the finest hakama available or have your next dogi fit properly, check out the site. We reply to email questions within 24 hours.