The following are the dress requirements for Two Rivers Martial Arts students and instructors.
- Doboks: Students will wear a
white dobok with the Two Rivers logo while training. Students will also have
the option of wearing an Eric Heintz Black Belt Academy dobok or a plain white
dobok with no logo. A complete uniform and belt are to be worn when training.
When students begin training with Two Rivers, they may wear
appropriate workout clothing, such as t-shirts and sweat pants
(preferably without pockets). Once they are committed to staying at
Two Rivers, they need to wear an appropriate uniform.
- When students transfer from another school, they may wear that
school’s dobok for a reasonable time until they decide they will continue
training with Two Rivers. Then they will need to wear a Two Rivers dobok,
Eric Heintz dobok.
- Women and girls will wear a t-shirt, tank top, sports bra or other
appropriate clothing under their dobok top. Preferably the garments will be
white if visible. For first Dan and higher a black undergarment is acceptable.
- Men and boys will not wear t-shirts or other shirts under their dobok
tops. Men may wear a plain white t-shirt with permission of their instructor.
- Colored or patterned underwear should not show through the dobok.
- Permanent first dan and higher dan black belts may at their option
wear a dobok with black trim on the top.
- Fifth dan and higher black belts may at their option wear a dobok with
black trim on the pants.
- Permanent first dan and higher dan black belts may at their option wear
black dobok pants.
- Doboks are to be clean and laundered with minimal wrinkles. Patches are
to be securely attached.
- Colored or other special doboks may be worn according to the standards
set for that group as approved by the Board of Directors. For example, a
demonstration team might have its own dobok.
- Sweatbands, bandanas, hair ties, and hair clips are permitted as long
as they do not detract from appearance.
- A white dobok, either with or without black trim, shall be worn
for the Black Belt picture.
- The Black Belt Youth Group members may wear their Youth Group Doboks
to class with the approval of and under the conditions specified by
a consensus of the local Dojang instructors at most one class
- Belts: Students will wear
their belts with their uniforms in the dojang, at tests, and at demonstrations.
Belts need not be worn for activities unrelated to training.
- Students will wear the color of belt and stripes appropriate to
the rank they have earned.
- Belts are to be tied in a square knot, and the ends need to be of equal length.
- For temporary black belts, the red is worn on top.
- Permanent first dan and higher black belts may wear a plain black
belt or a black belt with Two Rivers Martial Arts embroidered on one end
and their name on the other end. Both names are to be embroidered in Korean with gold thread.
- Instructors eligible to wear an embroidered belt may wear a belt
embroidered in Korean with red thread.
- Permanent first dan and higher black belts may at their option wear
belts with their dan rank indicated by embroidered bars of the same color
thread as the names.
- Black belts who tested with Grandmaster Jung in Cedar Rapids may wear the belt
Grandmaster Jung gave them after passing the test.
- Patches: Students may wear patches
in the following locations.
- The red and blue Two Rivers school patch is to be worn on the right chest.
- One of the following: A Jungs Tae Kwon Do Academy patch, Jungs Black
Belt Association patch (for black belts), Eric Heintz patch, or Heritage Tae Kwon
Do patch may be worn on the left chest.
- The Pil Sung patch may be worn on the front of the left sleeve at the wrist.
- An American flag patch may be worn on the left sleeve at the bicep.
- A Korean flag patch may be worn on the right sleeve at the bicep.
- Fifth dan and higher black belts may wear the Master patches on top of
- Jewelry: Students are not to
wear jewelry when dressed in their doboks. Exceptions are made for medic alert
bracelets, necklaces, or pendants and for wedding rings. Students choosing to
wear their wedding rings are encouraged to wear only a wedding band because
diamond rings can cut a fellow student when sparring. If a student wears a
wedding ring with a diamond, the diamond should be covered with tape to lessen
the chance of injury. Pierced earrings should be removed if possible.
- Shoes: Students are to train
barefoot or in martial arts shoes. The martial arts shoes are to only be worn
in the dojang.
- Sparring gear: Some equipment
is required and other is optional.
- All students must wear a mouth guard when sparring.
- All male students must wear groin protection when sparring.
- Shin pads and hand pads are strongly recommended but not required.
(Tournaments will likely require pads and/or helmets.)
- A helmet may be worn at the student’s option.
- Students without the mandatory sparring gear will be permitted
to do combination kicking or required to stand out of sparring at
the instructor’s discretion.
- Other: Students should
consider their surrounding when wearing a dobok outside the dojang.
- Doboks should not be worn as costumes for parties, Halloween, or etc.
- Hats are not to be worn in the dojang.
- Visitors, parents, and others entering the dojang will remove their
shoes and hats to enter the dojang.
The dress code will be enforced by the instructor and by other
black belts with deference to the instructor in a courteous fashion.
Students violating the dress code will be asked to correct the violation.
Students unwilling or unable to comply will be asked to change into their
street clothes and may watch class from the audience or leave.