Embroideries on Martial Arts Equipment

Embroideries on Martial Arts Equipment

Embroidery Workshop & Translation Practices at Seido


Having one’s training’s cloths embroidered is the most common thing in Japan. However, westerners often know just little about this topic and some struggle with making the right choice. That is why in this article we are going to talk about embroidery content, show some common mistakes and give advice on how to avoid them and last but not least, explain how we make them at Seido.


Aikido equipment Embroidery

Embroidery on martial arts equipment

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How to choose your Hakama


Comparison: How to choose your Hakama

For all Aikidoka, Kendoka and Iaidoka!



Choosing ones Hakama is often a complex decision. Is this your first Hakama or do you have some experience already? Which fabric corresponds best? What kind of finish? What quality at what price? We will try to answer these questions in this article by presenting the different types of fabric, the different finishes, how to choose your size and discussing the price range for each model.


Cotton Indigo Hakama

Seido Aizome Cotton Hakama

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Seido’s Story – Who are we ? Where are we coming from ?

Our Story – Who are we ? Where are we coming from ?

And where are we going to ?

Our story began in the summer of 2005, when the founder of BudoExport and Seido, Jordy, arrived in Japan. 19 years of age at the time and without university degree, he devoted one year to intensive Aikido practice before enrolling in a three year study course focusing on Japanese and Japanese culture in France and Japan. During those years, he continued to spend much of his time in different Dojos, also getting into Kendo and Judo.


The whole team, summer 2015

The whole team, summer 2015

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Jordy Delage February 13, 2016 4 comments Non classé

The Questionable Origin of the Majority of Martial Arts Clothing

The Questionable Origin of the Majority of Martial Arts Clothing

Moral Arrangements We All Make When Facing this Sad Truth


As Budoka, most of us feel having moral values superior to those only practicing “sports”, we like to believe that we are better. Are you—as Budoka—more concerned by human conditions and human rights? Are you concerned with the origin of the products you buy and wear? Take your Dogi, your belt and have a look at the label. Pakistan? Bangladesh? China? Japan? Let us examine under what conditions your equipment is manufactured.

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Child labor in a textile factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Source : Zoriah.net

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Iaito – Origin & Manufacture of the Japanese Sword Replica

The origin and manufacture of the Iaito, replica of the Japanese sword, the Katana

Visits to the workshops Minosaka and Jisei


The origin of the Iaito does not date back very far, to the 60s or so. The creation of this tool for practice was primarily driven by new laws and regulations, enacted after World War ll. Since then, with the experience of many trades in the manufacture of the Nihonto (Japanese sword), some Japanese craftsmen have developed an expertise, still unparalleled outside the archipelago.
We went to the region called Gifu to visit the workshops Minosaka and Nihon Token (Jisei), two of the most famous in Japan. Familiar with this topic for some years, we had many questions to ask – which we are summarizing here.


Iaito Minosaka

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Rahel Bünzli December 17, 2015 2 comments Craftsmanship Tags: , , , ,

How to choose your Aikido belt

How to choose your Aikido belt

A short guide


Many practitioners choose their Aikido belt by chance, one takes what one finds. This may work out, at least for a certain time. However, white belts usually start falling apart after one or two years of practice, black belts are often too thick and uncomfortable under a Hakama. So how to choose one’s belt? Here is the answer to this question.

White and Black Belt Seido - Soft

Soft belt Seido, available in black and white.

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Rahel Bünzli December 4, 2015 Post Comment Aikido, Comparison (how to choose), Equipment Tags:

The Sashiko fabric – Aikido Gi Traditional manufacturing

Traditional manufacturing: The Sashiko fabric

The core of the Keikogi manufacturing


The Sashiko fabric, also called “rice grain” fabric in the west is the core of the Keikogi (Kimono) manufacturing and is worn in Aikido, Judo and also Kendo. Although there are many prestigious designers worldwide, there are only a few artisans who are capable of weaving a high quality Sashiko fabric. In this article we will open the doors to Seido’s partner workshops, the only two workshops in the world to master the entire production line from weaving to sewing, to show you how your Keikogi is made.

Old loom (60s ) still in use.

Old loom (60s ) still in use.

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Jordy Delage July 27, 2015 Post Comment Equipment

How to choose your Aikido Gi (Kimono for Aikido) – Comparative


Comparative: How to choose your Aikido Gi (Kimono)

The different Seido models


Choosing a Dogi is not a simple task, especially if you are a beginner. Light-, standard-, heavy-weight, traditional cut, modern cut, original cut: There are many models and choosing the one that best suits you does not only depend on the thickness of the fabric! Here we will discuss the different Seido models, fully representative of all the existing “Made in Japan” Aikido Gi. However, low-end Dogi made outside of Japan are not to be part of the topic.


Seido Super High End Aikidogi WA800

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Rahel Bünzli July 3, 2015 Post Comment Equipment

Handmade Bokken, Jo & Tanto – At the Aramaki Workshop


Handmade Bokken, Jo, Tanto, …

At the workshop Aramaki Bokuto Mokojo


Enjoying the quiet summer months, we travelled across Japan to visit the officially recognized workshops manufacturing wooden weapons in Japan: “Aramaki Budogu Mokojo”, “Nidome Bokuto Seisakujo“, “Horinouchi Noboru Seisakujo” and “Matsuzashi Bokuto Seisakujo”. These last four companies fabricating wooden weapons are all located in “Miyakonojo”, a small town on the peninsula of Kyushu (southern Japan), enclosed by two mountain ranges. In this article we will show all the steps of the making of a Bokken, guided through by an artisan of the workshop Aramaki Bokuto Mojojo, led by master Aramaki Kazuhiro, the 3rd.



Workshop Aramaki, manufacture of Bokken Jo Tanto

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Jordy Delage June 26, 2015 Post Comment Craftsmanship, Equipment Tags: ,

History of Japanese Bokken & interview with master Nidome Yoshiaki


History of the Japanese Bokken & interview with master Nidome Yoshiaki

An encounter in the mountains of Kyushu: Between the art and its craftsman


The Bokken, wooden imitation of the famous Katana, is almost as old as the latter. Its poor quality in the beginning made it a “consumable item” which could easily be replaced if broken. The Bokken’s quality improved gradually over time but it was not until the early 20th century, with the birth of the workshop in Miyakonojo (Kyushu) that the Bokken, the wooden sword, became a piece of art. At this workshop the ancient art of woodworking met the traditional martial arts, both of them sharing common values.


Master Nidome Yoshiaki - Tanto : Fabrication of the Kissaki

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