Wtf dobok

A WT-style Black Belt uniform. You can tell it's WT because an ITF uniform would have black trim along the bottom of the uniform top. You can tell it's a Black Belt uniform by the black trim around the collar.

Poomsae dobok

An example of a "Y-neck" cross-over top, on a WT-style poomsae uniform

ITF dobok

An example of an ITF-style top with a vertical closure

Black dobok

An example of a typical Demo Team uniform

A dobok (‎도복) is a taekwondo training uniform. It consists of a top and pants, worn with a ddi (벨트) belt. The term dobok literally means "clothing of the way" (bok = clothing; do = the way, just as in the word taekwondo).

Generally speaking, there are three styles of uniform tops:

  • Older, traditional taekwondo uniforms use a cross-over jacket front, usually with black trim on the bottom of the jacket. This type of jacket is also used for competition poomsae uniforms in WT-style taekwondo.
  • Newer ITF-style uniforms use a vertically closing jacket, usually with black trim on the bottom of the jacket. You will also sometimes see cross-over jackets used in ITF-style schools.
  • WT- or Kukkiwon-style taekwondo uniforms use a pull-over V-neck jacket that is solid white (no trim at the bottom). Black Belts will have black trim around the collar, whereas color-belt uniforms have no trim at all. The pull-over design facilitates wearing of the hogu (chest protector) when sparring.

All styles of taekwondo wear similar long pants. Higher-ranking black belts may have black stripes down the leg. ITF-style uniforms will sometimes have ITF lettering down the leg.

For all styles of taekwondo, the basic taekwondo uniform is white, but there are many variations. For example, Instructors (especially high-level Black Belts) as well as Black Belt Club, Demo Team, and Leadership Team members may be given different color uniforms.

The school logo is often imprinted on the back of the uniform or is available as a sew-on patch, usually seen on the chest. Additional patches may also be used to denote membership in special teams. National flags are often sewn on the shoulder or chest of the uniform.


Some manufacturers sell uniforms in sizes based on your height in centimeters. Other manufacturers use a sizing system that goes from triple-zero (000) to 7, based on your height and weight. Generally, it's easier to shorten the sleeves and slacks than it is to take the waistline in, so as a rule-of-thumb it's probably smart to focus on your weight rather than your height when selecting your size, and then tailor the arms and legs as needed.

Slacks should be tailored to come to about the ankle-bone. Slacks that are too-long will catch on the floor. When it doubt, it's better to be too-short than too-long. Arms should come to about the wrist-bone.

Dobok Sizing Chart
Size Height cm Weight kg Waist cm Height ft Weight lbs Waist inches
000 104-116 16 kg 46-68 3'5" - 3'10" 35 lbs 18" - 27"
00 114-127 23 kg 50-74 3'9" - 4'2" 51 lbs 20" - 29"
0 124-136 32 kg 56-82 4'1" - 4'6" 71 lbs 22" - 32"
1 134-148 41 kg 64-92 4'5" - 4'10" 90 lbs 25" - 36"
2 145-158 54 kg 70-100 4'9" - 5'2" 119 lbs 28" - 39"
3 155-166 68 kg 76-106 5'1" - 5'5" 150 lbs 30" - 42"
4 165-179 77 kg 80-114 5'5" - 5'10" 170 lbs 31" - 45"
5 175-188 86 kg 84-122 5'9" - 6'2" 190 lbs 33" - 48"
6 185-199 100 kg 90-128 6'1" - 6'6" 220 lbs 35" - 50"
7 195-207 109 kg 96-134 6'5"-6'11" 240 lbs 38" - 53"
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