The style of the dobok is symbolic of Taekwon-Do heritage and
* The white uniform symbolizes the traditional color of the Korean
*Grade and Degree changes indicated by belt color create incentive
while simultaneously preserving humility.
* The dobok is extremely practical and healthy.
* The official dobok distinguishes orthodox Taekwon-Do from its
* When we wear a uniform, we accept a certain role in society
and we are obliged to behave accordingly.
Learn to tie your belt correctly
If you're not sure, respectfully ask
an upper belt for help. The belt should be tied in a square knot.
Both ends should be even. It is disrespectful to be dressed in
a disorderly manner. Click here to go
to the 'Belts' page.
The complete uniform should be worn
to every Taekwon-Do event, unless the event is specifically announced
as a social event or special seminar that requires other attire.
The Taekwon-Do uniform should
be kept neat and clean.
When straightening the uniform,
it is proper to turn sideways from the instructor, preferably
to your left, if facing the instructor, so as not to turn to your
Always treat your Taekwon-Do
uniform with respect. Your belt is something very special that
you have worked hard for, and should be treated accordingly. Your
belt should never touch the ground/floor. When exercising, at
times it will make contact with the floor, but that is in the
act of training, and is not disrespectful. Swinging your belt
around, dropping it on the floor or forgetting it are signs of
disrespect. Students should take pride in their apperarance at
Never walk up to a senior
and touch his or her belt without asking permission. If you would
like to read the embroidery or have a question, always ask first.
The official uniform has the
Taekwon-Do (evergreen tree logo) insignia incorporating the words
"Taekwon Do" in English and Korean imprinted or embroidered
on the back of the jacket, and the vertical monogram "ITF"
for International Taekwon-Do Federation at knee level on each
Each uniform should have
the insignia (patch) of the International Taekwon-Do Federation
on the left chest (close to the heart). The national insignia,
in our case, the logo of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation,
goes over the right chest.
The school patch of the
student is worn on the right sleeve, approximately one inch below
the shoulder seam. The national flag of the student is worn on
the left sleeve. An Instructor Certification patch is worn by
Black Belts who have been certified as a USTF Instructor. This
patch goes on the left sleeve, below the flag patch. The USTF
Referee Certification patch goes below the Instructor patch.
Students who have tested to I Dan and have received their USTF
Black Belt certificate are eligible to trim their uniform after
six months of training. The trim is to be approximately 3 cm wide
black stripe around the bottom hem of the jacket, and signifies
a Black Belt in good standing.
The uniform for Black Belts
Fourth Degree and above are also trimmed with a black stripe down
each sleeve extending from the collar to the cuff, and a black
stripe down the outside of each pant leg, broken in the middle
so as not to cover the "ITF" monogram.
How to properly fold the uniform
Lay the jacket out flat, front
Fold the pants neatly
Lay the folded pants at the
chest of the jacket.
Fold one side of the jacket
across the pants.
Fold the sleeve back
even with the pants.
Fold the other side of
the jacket the same way.
Fold the bottom of the
jacket up over the
Fold in half upward once more,
and turn the bundle over.
Tie your belt around your
using a square knot.