The Korean term for a uniform or training suit is a dobok (도복). This term is used for all Korean martial art uniforms, regardless of style. Gojeon Muye has a number of different dress codes but the one we are concerned with here, are the different dobok used for regular practice and training.
The Gojeon Muye dobok
The Gojeon Muye style dobok is quite different to many other Korean sword styles which ironically, tend to wear Japanese influenced dobok where the trousers are similar to Japanese Hakama. Hakama are very baggy trousers which are pleated. Likewise, taekwon-do style dobok trousers are based on the baggy Japanese style with open ankles. Like the traditional Korean hanbok, Gojeon Muye dobok trousers are tied at the ankles. This style dobok is quiet difficult to buy in the UK so we are just about to try out a similar Chinese style uniform which we can adapt. More on this later.
In Korea, in our Keom Mu Kwan dojang, all practitioners, regardless of rank are able to wear dark-blue, blue or black dobok.
1st dan – white suit, single black piping and black belt.
3rd dan student, red dobok, black belt with central red stripe.
4th dan (Master) and above – white dobok with double black piping and black belt.
1st dan wear a white dobok with single, black piping.
2nd dan, wear a blue dobok with double red piping.
3rd dan, a red dobok.
4th dan and above a white dobok with double black piping.
In Keom Mu Kwan, UK, if dobok have been bought via Korea, the above customs may be adopted. However, because of the difficulty in obtaining proper KMK dobok, our dress code is currently black, or black with a white collar on the neck and sleeve. We use traditional cotton Chinese uniforms for this, which are almost identical, and add our regular insignia minus any piping. Decals on legs and back, to match our Korean dojang, may be added later.
Insignia – As is the usual practice, the wearer’s left breast carries the Korean flag. The right breast carries the Korean association badge. In the UK, the right arm carries the British Association of Martial Arts and Boxing badge.
Decals – The left arm may carry the hanja character for ‘sword’. The dobok jacket is emblazoned on the back with ‘Keom Mu Kwan’ (in Hangeul) though lettering may sometimes carry hanja on a Master’s jacket. The right leg carries ‘Gumdo’, (Geomdo in the new 2002 national transliteration) while the right leg carries Keom mu Kwan in Hangeul.
Keom Mu Kwan coloured belts (gup) are embroidered with name. If bought in the UK belts do not need to be embroidered. However, 2nd and 1st gup (black/red) and 1st-3rd dan are always embroidered with name, association, and dojang name. These belts are obtained from Korea.
There is no summer dobok, as there is in Korea but jacket sleeves can be long or short. Occasionally, long sleeves inhibit the sword.
Students require a dobok to grade after which they are required dress for all training sessions.
At certain times of the year we can obtain dobok from Korea. You can use the Info/Pdf page to download a form for recording suit measurements.
When you wish to buy a British produced dobok ask Sabeom-nim for details.
(Note: the Korean students above 1-3rd dan, are junior dan grades but the belts and dobok remain the same for adults).