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Hachimaki (headband)
Black Gi (uniform)
The belt
Tabi boots (optional)

  When training in Ninjukai Taijutsu at the Dojo members must wear a Formal Uniform (gi) with Headband (Hachimaki) and belt. Wearing the uniform reflects your membership in the society and your seriousness towards training.
  White belt members (beginners) can wear loose plain clothing in their first two months but must purchase a Formal Ninjukai Gi thereafter. The formal uniform consists of the following:


THE HACHIMAKI
  During training all students wear a cloth headband known as HACHIMAKI. Its practical purpose is to keep one's hair from becoming dishevelled, and to prevent perspiration from running into the eyes. It is especially useful during intensive summer training. To the Japanese and Chinese the hachimaki has a deep symbolic meaning. It symbolises dedication and concentration; it is the symbol of one's dedication to the hard work necessary to train correctly. The meaning of the hachimaki is akin to the western gesture of rolling up the sleeves: it symbolises the seriousness of getting down to business. The hachimaki is a constant reminder that one must never train half-heartedly. The hachimaki therefore serves as a constant reminder that we must never bring our problems into the dojo. The two words in the hachimaki, in Kanji, mean BODY POTENTIAL. With concentration and awareness our body has tremendous potential and training in Ninjukai is about maximising this potential. During training, all members must wear one.

The colour of the hachimaki denotes the rank of the person who wears it. The following hachimakis are worn by the various ranks:
Shimmai (Novice).
Mu-Kaiin, Kaiin, Nencho-Kaiin.
Worn with White, Yellow, and Orange belt.
   
Chi (Blood).
Genin, Nencho-Genin
Worn with Green and Blue belt.
   
Kin (Gold).
Chunin, Nencho-Chunin.
Worn with Red and Purple belt.
   
Shiki (Commander).
Jonin, Nencho-Jonin.
Worn with Brown and Shodan-dai belt.
   
Shuchu (Commander-in-Chief).
Renshi, Sensei
Worn by First Dan, Second Dan.
   
Saijoi.
Shidoshi.
Worn by Third Dan, Fourth Dan.
   
Shuken (Supreme Commander).
Shihan.
Worn by Fifth Dan and above.

THE BELT
 The colour of a member's belt indicates his or her rank. The adult belt rankings are in the following order:

White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Red, Purple, Brown, Black with white stripe (Shodan-dai), Black.

  For more information on what one studies at each level, see the Syllabus page.

THE GI
  This consists of a black cross-over Gi jacket and black loose pants. The logo of our art NINJUKAI TAIJUTSU is embroidered on the left side of the Gi top while the right side has the ideograms BODY POTENTIAL printed on it. Optional Camouflage Gi's are available on order, many members choose to wear them for our annual bush camps.

THE TABI
  This optional footwear is known as the TABI, no other shoe is allowed to be worn on the mat. It is designed to be extremely light so that one can feel at ease during fast movements. The interesting feature of the footwear is that it allows your big toe to be separated from the rest of the toes, and this, together with the flexible design allows you to execute your kicks very comfortably and naturally.

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