Students are required to wear complete dobaks during class, this includes Top, Bottom and Belt. An undershirt may also be worn and should be tucked into the pants of the uniform so nothing is visible below the uniform.
In warmer temperatures, students can wear our official SMA t-shirt in place of a traditional top. Your belt should still be worn as normal.
For safety reasons, please do not wear jewelry or watches to class. Sweat bands are allowed if desired.
Taking care of your dobak shows signs of respect to yourself, your instructors, and your martial arts style. Please wash your uniform regularly to ensure you always arrive at class with a clean uniform. Ironing is acceptable if needed to remove wrinkles. Please take the same care if you have an SMA t-shirt that you plan to wear during classes and events.
However, do not wash your belt. After class, fold your belt neatly and return it to your gear bag until next class. Except for when putting on or taking off your belt, avoid letting it touch the ground. As you progress in rank, keep your previously earned belts as momentous of your training.
When tying your belt in the Dojang, please turn to face the back of the classroom, away from the flags.
Students are welcome to change out of their street clothes into their dobak using our changing rooms. It is also acceptable to wear your dobak pants to class, but students are prohibited from wearing uniform tops and belts in public except during approved events.
Sawyer's Martial Arts students should dress their uniforms with the appropriate patches. Our federation patch should be placed on the upper left breast area. The Korean flag patch should be placed on the upper right arm, and the USA flag patch on the upper left. Both flag patches should be just below the shoulder and centered. The uniforms have a seam line where the sleeve connects which can be used as a good placement point.
As you progress in rank, it will become necessary to trim the lapel of your uniform.
Green Belt - Green trim, lapel only
Red Belt - Red trim, lapel only
Apprentice Black - Black trim, lapel only
Black Belt - Black trim, lapel, cuff, and bottom trim of dobak top.
Sparring gear is mandatory to participate in sparring practices. Required sparring gear includes head, hand, foot, and mouth gear. Males are required to wear appropriate groin protection. Shin guards are not required by may be worn if desired.
Cleanliness is important, both to your lifestyle and training within the Dojang. Students should practice healthy habits, fingernails and toenails should be trimmed, neat, clean, and with smooth edges.