Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
Student at Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville
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Uniforms can be different depending on the martial art school. At Choe’s HapKiDo, the various kinds of uniforms differentiate based on status: student, assistant instructor, instructor, master, and grandmaster. But regardless of rank, there is general uniform knowledge that applies across the board.
Things to know about the HapKiDo Do Bok:
- “Gi” is the Japanese term for martial arts uniform, “Do Bok” is the Korean term.
- When fixing the uniform, it is part of HapKiDo etiquette to turn away from everyone to fix it.
- One must also turn away from the country’s flag when fixing the uniform.
- Students earn patches for the uniform as they do belts.
Like other sports, martial art uniforms scream school spirit, and they resemble loyalty and respect for the school. They also eliminate the hassle in figuring out what to wear for class. In addition, putting on the uniform before each class initiates the preparation and focus needed. When individuals come to class with uniforms on, the class suddenly looks like a team. And in a way, it is one. The students work together to help each other improve, and in turn creates a healthy environment.