The Dobok (Do means “way” and bok means “robe” or “training clothes”) is the uniform worn by Taekwondo practitioners serves as an identity of the sport.

During the formative years of taekwondo, the dobok was completely white with the cross-over front jacket. However, in the 1970s, to distinguish the ranking of black belt from the color belt practitioner, the uniform was altered by adding black trim to the V-shaped collar, while red and black trim was appended to the poom or junior black belt uniform.

The Dobok instills pride and self-confidence for practitioner who wear it. The Dobok, and its color belts, identifies the degree of skill and cultural education attained. The Dobok symbolizes the heritage and traditions of Taekwondo. Grades and degrees indicated by the color of the belt create incentive and preserve humility. Hence, it must be kept clean and in good repair to project the right image. Soiled, creased and ostentatiously decorated uniforms are not consistent to the discipline of the sport.

While dirty uniforms are unhygienic, crumpled ones reflect laziness and indifference. Uniforms with all kinds of decorations are not normally associated with humility.



The V-neck uniform was adopted by the World Taekwondo Federation in 1978. The outfit comprises a V-neck upper garment, a pair of pants and a belt.

The upper garment & pant are fitted loosely and comfortably to provide free movement. The length of the upper garment cover the hips and lower belly, the pant extends to the ankle and the sleeve reach up to the wrist. The neckband of the jacket is V-shape (about 4cm wide). The colour of the dobok is plain white signifies purity.


White for grade 10 to 1 holders.
Half black & half red for junior poom belt holders.
Black for dan holders.