Uniforms For TKD 500x523The idea of a consistent dress code creates a significant distinction between individuality through appearance and individuality through action. One of the main focuses of martial arts is to help students improve themselves, both physically and mentally, which is expressed by their skills not by the way they dress. A consistent uniform dress code also generates an important sense of unity among members and cohesiveness among all program participants.

“Dobok is the uniform worn by practitioners of Korean martial arts. Do means "way" and bok means "clothing." The dobok is modeled on the Japanese dōgi, used in Judo, which was developed by Kanō Jigorō. The dobok comes in many colors, though white or black are the most common. The dobok may have the reverse in a different color than the rest of the dobok. They are made in a variety of materials, ranging from traditional cotton to cotton-polyester blends.

The pants of the dobok may be wider and longer than the traditional Japanese keikogi. Due to this, practitioners often wear a dobok modeled after the Korean hanbok. The dobok of World Taekwondo Federation-style taekwondo practitioners usually have v-neck jackets, tailored after the design of the hanbok.” 

All junior belts, those under the rank of black belt, wear white tops with a white colored v-neck collar, while black belt holders, 1st dan and higher, wear uniforms that include a white top with black colored v-neck collar. There are also white tops with a Red/Black colored v-neck signifying the rank of black belt among youth under the age of 15.

“Around the dobok a tti or dee (belt) is worn. The color of the belt denotes the rank or grade of the wearer. Colored belts are for geup-holders, while black belts are usually worn by dan-holders. The order of belt colors may differ from school to school. Most commonly the first belt is a white belt.”