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Those who have achieved a dan rank wear hakama, a pair of skirt-like pants, with their gi. Since the hakama are not worn with the obi (belt) showing, a patch with the student's dan ranking is worn on the rear right hip area. As with the obi, the color of the embroidery is indicitive of rank: red thread for Shodan - Yondan; gold thread for Godan - Judan. Students of the ranks of Shodan to Kudan are allowed to wear either black or dark blue hakama. Usually, these colors carry no meaning, but individual dojo may use them to signify teaching level, (e.g., Kohai in black and sempai/sensei in blue). Only those ranked Judan are allowed to wear white hakama.