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Taekwondo Uniform

Written by Sierra Rein
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Like most of the other martial arts, Taekwondo has it's own set of regulations and practices when it comes to the uniform needed to be worn by a student or competitor. The Taekwondo uniform, or Dobok, is steeped in history itself. Derived from the traditional Korean hanbok clothing, it consists of a jacket, trousers, and belt, and the white color is believed to signify purity and a oneness with the universe.

Because of the history and symbolic strengths inherent in the Taekwondo uniform, students have been taught throughout the ages to treat it with respect. Students should show up to class with the uniform fully cleaned and without tears. Most schools even require that no tobacco or alcohol be imbibed while wearing the uniform, as the ingestion of such toxins into the system soils the respect for the cloth, as well as the body.

Variations On The Taekwondo Uniform

There are a few variations on the uniform that stray from the traditional "fold over and tie" style jacket that are different, but not inappropriate for Taekwondo use. Some Taekwondo organizations have adopted the use of a v-neck pull over jacket that is lined with differently colored borders on the lapels and sleeves instead of a belt to denote rank and skill. This v-neck look is also the required Taekwondo uniform of the Olympic Games.

When choosing a good Taekwondo uniform, ask your school what style will be used for daily lessons, and if a different style will be used for competition in the future. Most companies make them with 100% cotton, with front and side vents to assure proper air flow to the skin. They should be designed for full kicking ranges, flexibility, and mobility, and be made to last through the toughest self defense routines.

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