PRIMARY CREATOR: Christine Istad
YEAR COMPLETED: 2008
SOUND: No sound
SYNOPSIS: Ito folding a hakata at Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 Public Art Screens, Stavanger Norway (publicartscreens.no)
2008 Moldejazz, Norway
2009 Kube Art Museum, Ålesund Norway
2009 Gallery Semmingsen, Oslo Norway
2009 Kunst rett Vest (first prize)
Aikido is a Japanese martial art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 ~ 1969) Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido is not a competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one’s character according to the rules of nature.
ai - joining, unifying, combining, fit. ki - spirit, energy, mood, morale. do - way, path
How to fold Aikido Hakama.
Put your legs through and drape the front part over the knot of the Obi. Bring the string towards the front past the hips and overlap it over the place where you brought the front part of the Aikido Hakama over the Obi. Take the overlapped string and wrap it around your hip one more time and bring it forward. Make sure that the string does not twist around while this is happening. When it is brought to the front, put some tension on it and tie it in the same way as the Obi.
Any left over string, you can put it through the previously wrapped string or you can leave it as is.
Place the back plate over the Obi (over the hip) and bring the string to the front. Once you put the string through, tie it below where you previously made a knot in the same way, and you are finished.