School Of Taekwon-Do

School Of Taekwon-Do

PRACTICE SUIT
(Do Bok)

We assign names to people and objects in order to distinguish between different individuals, between objects with different properties etc. We know immediately that "Kim Sun Dal" is not the same person as "Timothy Smith", that "flora" is distinct from "fauna", that "rock" and a "pillow" do not have identical characteristics.

The naming of names is a classification process by which we impose order on the universe. In the absence of names, the world would be chaotic and progress would be impossible. Our do boks serve a similar purpose. They reveal our occupation and our rank, identifying us as persons engaged in a certain kind of activity. Social order would be difficult to maintain without systemized forms of clothing.

Because of names, football can be clearly distinguished from baseball, Taekwon-Do from Judo. Similarly, their respective uniforms allow us to distinguish a judge from a criminal, a general from a private soldier.

When we wear a uniform, we accept a certain role in society and we are obliged to behave accordingly.

Our martial art was given the name "Taekwon-Do" to distinguish its technique, philosophical system, spiritual foundation and rules of competition from other Oriental martial arts. We have a uniform unique to Taekwon-Do for the same reason.

Black Belt holder

  
Front View                    Rear View

Grade holder

  
Front View                    Rear View

The International Taekwon-Do Federation introduced this do bok in 1982.

It is the product of many years of research and development. This new do bok retains the aspects of the traditional do bok while representing a new age in terms of design.

It eliminates many of the inconveniences associated with other martial arts uniforms. It will not, for instance, become undone during practice or tournament.

It has also put an end to the dishonest practice of relying on starched material to create an artificial sound. The do bok 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 practitioner 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 do bok is extremely practical and healthy.
  • The official do bok distinguishes orthodox Taekwon-Do from its imitators.

The do bok consists of a shirt, pants and belt made of synthetic material, detron mixed with cotton. This material is a vast improvement over standard cotton in that it is more durable and flexible.

The shirt and pants must be white in color to symbolize the traditional color of the Korean costume. Superfluous frills, piping, lettering and designs are not permissible.

It is very important for the student to keep his do bok clean at all times, wear it correctly and treat it with the respect he owes to his art. Black piping around the edge of the shirt is worn only by the black belt holder.

The piping is three centimeters in width and is symbolic of the royal family and members of aristocratic houses during the Koguryo, Baekje, and Silla Dynasties.

An international instructor is distinguished by black stripes three centimeters wide on both sides of the shirt and pants.

Side View


International Instructor


Black Belt holder

SHIRT (Sang-I)

A tapered shirt is both more practical and aesthetically pleasing that a tight or loose one. The sleeves should be long enough to reach the wrist. The length of the shirt should be to the top of the thigh.

It is permissible to wear a T-shirt under the do bok if the student desires to do so.


Front View


Rear View
The logo symbolises an evergreen tree.

PANTS (Ha-I)

The length of the pants should be to the top of the ankle bone.


Front View


Rear View

BELT (Ti)

There are six orders of belts; white, yellow, green, blue, red and black.

The width of the belt is five centimeters, the thickness five millimeters. The width of the stripe on the end of the belt is also five millimeters. The distance between the stripe and the end of the belt is five centimeters.

Black belt ranks are distinguished by Roman numerals on the belt as shown bellow.


Grade holder


Dan holder

Type of Belt

Black
Red belt with a black stripe
Red belt
Blue belt with a red stripe
Blue belt
Green with a blue stripe
Green belt
Yellow belt with a green stripe
Yellow belt
White belt with a yellow stripe
White belt

Rank

First to Ninth Degree
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade
Ninth Grade
Tenth Grade

The above colors have not been arbitrarily chosen. They are, in fact, steeped in tradition. The colors of black, red and blue denote the various levels of hierarchy during the Koguryo and Silla Dynasties. A half black and half white belt is used for the junior black belt holder.

MEANING OF BELT COLORS


White

Yellow

Green

Blue

Red

Black



    Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
    Signifies the Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation is being laid.
    Signifies the plant's growth as the Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.

    Signifies the Heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
    Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
    Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.


How to fold the Do Bok :

    

    

    

  

  

How to tie the Belt :

  

  

Both ends must be of EQUAL length and the belt should not look twisted. The end result of the knot should be a square knot also known as a reef knot.

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PHILOSOPHY OF SELF-DEFENSE
Talk if you will, walk away if you can, run if you must BUT if all else fail, DEFEND YOURSELF.