Liverpool Taekwondo | The Dobok (Taekwondo Uniform)
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Liverpool Taekwondo – Article of the day by Dos Taekwondo.
Enrolling in Taekwondo is a great opportunity to learn and develop skills that can aid you in self defense. As you progress in the art, you learn new techniques and will gradually improve on it. But before you begin your training and move up the ranks, you must first acquire proper gear and one of those would be your uniform.
Liverpool Taekwondo – The Dobok And Its Importance
In joining any martial art, a uniform is always needed as you participate in classes or join competitions. In Taekwondo, they call this the Dobok. The word originated from two Korean terms -“Do” meaning “way” and “Bok” meaning clothing. When translated, Dobok means “The way of clothing”.
The Dobok is a traditional clothing that resembles the uniforms of other martial arts such as Karate and Judo. In fact the “Gi”, or the uniform of Judo, is where most martial arts based theirs on. The start of using such garments dates back to the earlier times when Kano Jigoro implemented the attire. It was also that time when distinctive colors were used to distinguish the levels and skills of students.
The uniform of Taekwondo includes three pieces of clothing – the upper garment with wide sleeves, the long wide pants, and the colored belt to tie them together. There are two types of Dobok that can be seen today. The first and most common is the all-white attire which is mostly worn by students that have colored belts to determine their ranks. There is also the black colored one or white upper garments that have black trimmings on the collar which are used by most black belters.
The Dobok, as a uniform, must always be worn during practices, tournaments, and sparring sessions. The main reason why it is worn is to promote the tradition of Taekwondo as it was passed to us today. When a student wears his uniform, he stands with pride and dignity and is reminded of the core values and tenets of Taekwondo. Aside from its meaning and value, it is also practical and healthy to use as it is comfortable and light.
Liverpool Taekwondo – Dos Taekwondo offers a free set of uniform when you enroll in their classes that come along with a free month of training and membership. If you are interested in joining or finding a good productive activity for your children, the academy can provide a free trial and can make you see whether you would want to push through in making your children pursue the martial art.
You can also read our other articles about Illawong Taekwondo | Injury Prevention in Taekwondo, Sutherland Taekwondo | Staying Fit With Taekwondo.
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