Soo Bahk Do Belt and Uniform Requirements

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The Uniform: The uniform or the training suit is properly called Do Bok. This is a Composite word combining Do ”way of life” with Bok “ apparel or “clothing”. Since the Do Bok is what you wear when you practice your “Do” or way, its care and meaning are very important.

Similarities can be found in the current Do Bok and the ancient Korean traditional clothing. Today we maintain the white color to show purity, relevance for life, and commitment to avoid bloodshed and violence.

Action and thought are inseparable. Also the outside appearance and the inside attitude are closely linked. When you look your best you usually feel good too. Keeping this in mind, always appear in class with your uniform clean and pressed, in good repair, and with the proper trim for your rank. Your instructors or seniors will help instruct you in the proper care and wear of your Do Bok.

Color Season Meaning
White————— Winter——————- Emptiness, hidden potential, purity
Green————– Spring——————- Growth, spreading, advancement
Red—————– Summer—————– Ripening, head (Yang), active
Blue—————- Autumn—————— Maturity, calm (Um), passive, harvest

The traditional colors were originally just four. However orange was officially  added in 1975 under Grandmaster Hwang Kee’s approval, as an extra step for motivation between white and green belts.

Belt and Uniform Requirements

RANK BELT UNIFORM
10th Gup White Belt White
9th Gup White Belt — one blue stripe on tip White
8th Gup Orange Belt White
7th Gup Orange Belt — one blue stripe  on tip White
6th Gup Green Belt White with green lapel trim
5th Gup Green Belt — one blue stripe on tip White with green lapel trim
4th Gup Green Belt — two blue stripes on tip White with green lapel trim
3rd Gup Red Belt White with red lapel trim
2nd Gup Red Belt — one blue stripe on tip White with red lapel trim
1st Gup Red Belt — two blue stripes on tip White with red lapel trim
1st Dan Midnight Blue Belt White – lapel, sleeves, and borders trimmed with blue
2nd Dan Midnight Blue Belt — two white stripes on tip White – lapel, sleeves, and borders trimmed with blue
3rd Dan Midnight Blue Belt — three white stripes White – lapel, sleeves, and borders trimmed with blue
4th to 8th Dan Midnight Blue Belt — three white stripes White – lapel, sleeves, and borders trimmed with blue

All midnight blue stripes on Gup rank belts, and all white stripes on Dan rank belts should be on the left end of belt only at the tip of the belt approximately 2” from the end, and 1/2” wide and 1/2” apart; Gup and Dan Lapel shall cover the lapel binding (approximately 1 3/4’’).

Green and Red Belt Gup rank students shall have trimmed uniform jackets on lapel only. Orange belt Gup rank students shall not trim uniform jackets. Dan members shall have trimmed uniform jackets which include lapel, sleeve cuffs, and all around the bottom border.