The Taekwon-Do uniform is called a “Dobok” or “Tobak.” Like everything else in Taekwon-Do, it is steeped in tradition and history. The dobok consists of a jacket, trousers, and belt. It is derived from traditional Korean clothing called “hanbok.”
The dobok is not only meant to be worn during Taekwon-do training, it is the required uniform for competition in regional and (inter)national tournaments. The reason why the color of Taekwon-do uniform is white is to symbolize the purity of the martial art. Students should keep their doboks clean, ironed, and in good condition. They should understand its historical significance and wear it with pride and proper respect and etiquette.
The dobok is considered a primary necessity in both training and tournament for the following reasons:
- The wearing of the do bok should instill pride in the student as a practicioner of Taekwon-Do
- It identifies the degree of skill and cultural education in Taekwon-Do that the individual has attained.
- The style of the do bok is symbolic of Taekwon-Do heritage and tradition.
- 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 it imitators.
When we wear a uniform, we accept a certain role in society and we are obliged to behave accordingly.