(Original post by dbynoe)
The cuffs but also if you fold your trousers up at the bottom, which is why i fold mine over at the waist! It can create a hard solid bit that they reckon can cause damage when punching and kicking, especially with a canvas gi.
Only for kumite since you're not likely to injure anyone during kata! Also people make a point of shorter sleeves for kata and shorter trousers as it shows off your placing of arms and legs and therefore if you're correct it makes your technique stand out as even greater, apparently. Can't say I look enough to notice, I'm always too much in my own head preparing. :-)
Yeah but the disrespectful thing is proper old school. My father's been a shodan for 22+ years and my mother was a 1st kyu before they had me and so I've been brought up with a whole load of karate rules that not many people think of these days, asking permission to fold your gi, asking permission to wear a new gi, or permission to train if not your club. No coloured tshirts, white only, if guys wear a tshirt for a grading they could be failed on it. Shouting Kia for your Kia could fail you. Don't come up before you sensei when bowing, or the person to your right for that matter. When you come back to ?yoi? sp (ready stance) never step forward as that is seen as challenging your sensei.
Haha loads of little things that are often now forgotten about but I like to try and abide by them, I mean western karate is already seen as a joke in comparison to Japan, it's nice to try and keep some little traditions.
In regards to the belts I'm not sure, I just know the thicker they are usually the better. I'm sure there is something about washing them is detrimental as well, dunno if that's related to them leaving marks though. My home club had decent ones and I've only had 2 belts from my new club and they were rubbish and left marks. My next will hopefully be black and my dad's giving me his spare and I can't remember who made my old belts.
I'm liking my white diamond so far, but get the ties reinforced. My left one has come off twice now, which I'm not impressed by. The rest of it's great though. I just am thinking about buying another so I'm not left screwed over by a tie that's fallen off closer to my grading! And I've just got a new perm job, hence the same if I can afford it why not invest in a fancy gi!! My dads have lasted him like 15 years+ and I only stopped wearing my mums 2 years ago. A good gi's something I think I can justify splurging out on!
Good luck at Bucs. I love that competition it has a nice feel to it and if it's still in Sheffield in that huge venue its epic. We used to sneak in to the swimming pool bit, it's huge!!!
(Sorry for the huge post!!!!)