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Sizing Guides

This sizing guide page aims to offer advice and information so that you can select the correct size for your order every time.  If you are ever in doubt please contact us directly (sales@ninecirclesusa.com) and we will tailor our advice for you personally.

*Please Note - All measurements should be taken with a taut, flexible tape measure and ideally by a third party.  Measurements made with an overly loose or tight tape measure, or one inappropriate to the task, are likely to result in false results, as can self taken measurements where the act of measuring affects the sizes taken. 

Hakama:

Hakama size is based on an outside leg measurement, taken from the top of the pelvis at the side, down to the centre of the most prominent part of the ankle.  You can also measure your existing Hakama, from the underside of the front tie, down to the bottom of front pleats.  If you find yourself exactly between sizes, we reccomend taking the smaller of the two sizes unless your Dojo specifically wear their Hakama very long.  With this measuring method the Hakama should hang around the level of the ankle protuberance.

This chart gives the average sizes for Hakama lengths based on height, in addition to the correspondance of Japanese size labels to physical measurements.  We always advise that you measure however, to avoid unnecessary exchanges!

 

Iaido Gi:

Our Iaido Gi are sized according to standard Japanese sizing for Iaigi, Kimono and other traditional clothing.  We hold stock of size S/160cm through to 3L/200cm, each of which has a correspondence to a height size and average weight/build for that height.

If you fall inside the size and weight categories listed below then you can confidently choose the size required from the dropdown list.  If you are heavier or lighter than the weight bracket for your height please contact us (sales@ninecirclesusa.com) and we can advise the ideal size for you.

Kendo Gi:

Kendo Gi are sized according to the Japanese standard method, with sizes generally running from size 0/140cm though to size 6/200cm.  Largely based on height, if your weight or build is smaller or larger than average for your height, please contact us (sales@ninecirclesusa.com) and we can advise the ideal size for you.

 

Iaito & Shinken - Swords:

Sword length reccomendations vary greatly from one traditional Ryuha to another.  As such before you purchase a sword we highly reccomend speaking to your Dojo leader about it who will be able to advise you with reference to your precise tradition.  The chart we publish below is a standardised sizing chart as recomended by the ZNKR (All Japan Kendo Association) with relation to the practice of Seitei Iaido.

Bougu - Kendo Armor:

There is a specific measurement method for all Bougu components.  Both stock and custom made sets are made according to this same sizing formula, so it is critical that measurements are supplied to us accurately (especially with custom armour which cannot be exchanged).

Men:

Two measurements are required to get the best fit for Men.  Men size A, is a measurement of the circumference of the head, on a horizontal plane, with the tape passing just above the top of the ear, much like a standard hat bad measurment -

Men size B, is also a circumference of the whole head, this time running from the tip of the chin, around the crown, passing the upper part of the ear diagonally.  This measurement should be the longest size possible to measure in this plane.

Kote:

Two measurements are required to accurately size Kote.  Size A is a measurement of the circumference of the hand at the knuckle line, usually the widest part of the hand.

Size B is a measurement of the length of the hand, from the tip of the middle finger, to the base of the palm at the wrist crease.

Do & Tare:

Both Do and Tare sizes can be ascertained by a girth measurment at the level of the navel.  Measure around the full circumference of the body on a horizontal plane.