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Traditional White Dobok

  • An official traditional uniform MUST:
    • Be a white cross-over style top with matching white pants.
    • Be in good repair (no holes or frayed edges).
    • Have an official ATA patch.
  • An official traditional uniform MAY include the following:
    • School patch.
    • Karate Kid or Tiny Tiger Victory patch.
      • School patch is permitted on top of Victory patch if it is round and the same size.
    • ATA Tiger animal patch.
    • Official ATA program patches.
      • Black Belt Club.
      • Master Club.
      • Leadership Club.
      • ATA Legacy Patch.
    • Uniform Lettering.
      • If the Dobok is lettered, that lettering on the back of uniform top must be in compliance with ATA standards.
      • All State, District & World Champion uniforms must be done by World Martial Arts to ensure validity.
      • No alterations of “years” or “patches” is allowed. Use of an "altered year or patch" on a uniform will nullify the awarding of any byes in sparring or combat sparring.
    • 4th Degree Black Belts or higher will wear a 1" black stripe on the side of each pant leg.
    • Undershirts are permitted for any member (male or female) but must be plain white.
      • Undershirts are NOT a requirement for females, although a plain white garment is encouraged.
    • Other patches allowed are:
      • S.W.A.T.
      • D.E.L.T.A.
      • A-Team.
      • President’s Council on Physical Fitness.
      • Demo Team.
      • Competition Team.
    • Leadership Collar Stripes.
      • Red/White/Blue Collar for leadership students.
      • Blue stars (round patches) used to measure accomplishments set within school or club can be utilized with or without collar stripe.
      • The following collars may be worn by any student in the leadership program only if and when the student has received a letter from ATA International Headquarters stating that they have been accepted into the Leadership Program.
    • Legacy/Instructor Collar Stripes.
      • Black/Red (All students, all belt ranks).
      • Black/Red/Black (All students, all belt ranks).
      • Solid Black (Black Belts only, minimum age of 18).
      • Instructor Collar Stripes shall be worn by Instructors only when they have received a letter from ATA International Headquarters informing them of their successful promotion to that collar level.
    • An official traditional uniform MUST NOT have the following:
      • A V-neck pullover top.
      • Manufacturer tags (all tags must be removed from the uniform top, uniform bottom and belt).
      • Stripes, patches, pockets, or anything else not listed above.

It is the ATA Licensee’s decision as to the amount of patches allowed on a uniform for his/her school.
A traditional dobok IS REQUIRED to be worn by all competitors and judges during traditional forms, weapons, sparring and combat weapons sparring competition at ATA sanctioned tournaments. It MAY also be worn by competitors involved in ATA-Xtreme forms, ATA-Xtreme weapons, creative forms, creative weapons, team synchronized form competition or demo team competition (as long as all members of the team are wearing the same uniform).

ATA Creative / ATA-Xtreme Uniform

The official ATA Creative/ Xtreme Black Uniform – Must be the one with the Xtreme logo on the back and Songahm Taekwondo in Korean calligraphy on the leg of the pants. This uniform may be worn by competitors or judges involved in either ATA-Xtreme or ATA-creative events and team synchronized form competition or team demo competition (as long as all members of the team are wearing the same uniform). It may not be worn in traditional forms, weapons, sparring or combat weapons sparring events regardless of whether or not the events are held on the same day. This uniform may not be altered in any way, including but not limited to rolled sleeves.

Team Sparring Uniform

ATA Tiger Uniform

There are two different traditional uniforms a tiger competitor may wear, the traditional uniform or the new ATA Tiger uniform. Only students competing as a tiger may wear the ATA Tiger uniform. The ATA Tiger uniform may not be worn in a junior division.


For tigers competitors, only the following colors and marking are permitted:

  • The ATA Tiger belts.
  • Traditional color belts, see below.

For color belts, only the following colors and markings are permitted:

  • White, orange, yellow, camo, green, purple, blue, brown, red, red/black, black.(Some licensees use plain black belts instead of red/black belts for recommended black belt ranks.)
  • “Knowledge Stripes” (color belts only) MUST be black and are limited to a maximum of 3 stripes.
  • Color belts MAY include either a black or gold stripe the length of the belt.
  • 1BR Black Belts MAY wear full black belts that do not have embroidery.
  • NO other belt colors, combinations, or stripe colors are allowed.

For black belts, the following rules for markings apply:

  • Any and all embroidery MUST be gold.
  • If a rank indicator is used, it MUST be the bar or star patch from World Martial Arts.
  • Student’s name and rank MUST both be on the same end of the belt (left end when worn).
  • Black Belts MUST NOT have “Knowledge Stripes.”

Tang Bagee Pants

Tang Bagee (“hakama”) all black, including the pleats, pants may only be worn when competing with the Gum Do weapon. The judges will not pause the ring for a competitor to put on Tang Bagee pants.


The only shoe acceptable to wear with any ATA uniforms, traditional, creative or xtreme, is predominately white or black sports shoes. Other color sports shoes, flip flops, “Crocs”, or sandals are not acceptable.

Competitor Appearance During Competition

The following is a guide for proper appearance while competing at an ATA Tournament:

  • During the competition, competitors will wear clean, pressed ATA uniforms.
  • A competitor may roll under the sleeves of the traditional white uniform only one time and may not roll under the sleeves of the black creative and extreme uniform.
  • An ATA patch is required on each white uniform for competitors excluding white belts.
  • All other lettering, striping, and patches must be in good repair and positioned according to ATA guidelines.
  • NO JEWELRY is allowed once a student puts on their uniform or during competition. This includes watches, rings, earrings, or other piercing (male or female), necklaces, etc. Wedding rings may be worn if taped or the stone turned toward the palm as well as medical bracelets and mandated religious medals. This is for the safety of the wearer as well as other competitors. Master Instructors are allowed to wear their Master's ring while not competing.
  • Fingernails and toenails should be trimmed for safety as well.

Safety Gear

Required Safety Gear

The following safety gear is required by all competitors in a sparring competition including combat weapon sparring:

  • Dipped foam or vinyl covered hand pads (all finger joints must be covered when a fist is made).
  • Dipped foam or vinyl covered foot pads (back of heel & all toes must be covered).
  • Dipped foam or vinyl covered martial arts style foam head gear with attached plastic face shield. (full coverage).
  • Attached face shield MUST be one of these seven models:
    • ATA Champion face shield. (The Champion face shield is not allowed for combat weapon sparring competition)
    • Dyna Rival face shield.
    • ProForce Lightning Clear face shield.
    • Ventilator face shield.
    • Universal face shield.
    • Tiger Claw face shield.
    • Evolution X Face Shield
  • Black martial arts style chest protector with an ATA logo. It must cover all ribs and sternum and be worn over the uniform top.
  • Mouthpiece (even while wearing the mandatory face shield).
  • Groin protector (cup and supporter) for males (NO age exceptions / MUST be worn under uniform pants).
  • No additional stickers, decorations or adornments may be added to the required safety gear.

All gear MUST be in good repair. (Torn, taped, or worn out gear will NOT be allowed). No one, including Instructors or parents, can give permission to alter the rules pertaining to the use of safety gear. A competitor who does not have all of his/her proper equipment may borrow from another competitor or purchase the equipment at the event if possible, however, it is not required that one student lend another student his/her gear.

Color of Safety Gear

The following guidelines apply to the color of safety gear:

  • Color belts MUST wear either red or black safety gear.
  • Black belts MUST wear BLACK safety gear.
  • Hand, foot and head gear must match in color.
  • All gear MUST have the ATA logo on it.

If a competitor has mismatched safety gear or gear of the wrong color, the student will be allowed to compete. It should be brought to the attention of the RTTL and a note made on the outside of the ring packet. The RTTL will address the issue with the student's instructor. That day, a competitor with illegal or mismatched gear may borrow from others in the ring so they may compete.

General Weapons Specifications

Type of Weapons

ATA competition weapons included the following:

  • Bahng Mahng Ee.
  • Ssahng Jeol Bong.
  • Jahng Bong.
  • Ssahng Nat (This is a double weapon only and may not be used as a single weapon during competition).
  • Jee Pahng Ee (The rubber cap on the end must be removed).
  • Gum Do.
  • Oh Sung Do (This is a single weapon only. OSD flags are recommended to balance the sword properly. Flags should be 12-inch squares and colors should be yellow, red, blue).
  • Sam Dan Bong.

Style of Weapons

During weapon's competition, there are three styles of weapons are used.

  • ATA Protech safety weapons. These weapons may be black, blue, or red in color.
  • ATA Xtreme weapons, including X5 weapons.
  • Exempted from classification:
    • Jahng Bong
    • Jee Pahng Ee
  • Gum Do Sword have three classifications:
    • ATA Protech safety sword (plastic sword)
    • ATA Xtreme sword
    • ATA branded sword that is an advanced Protech training swordFile:152601000B.jpeg


  • The “collapsible” Ssahng Nat are considered Protech safety weapons.
  • An ATA approved Combat Bahng Mahng Ee may not be used in traditional forms competition.

Size of Weapons

  • Single or Double Bahng Mahng Ee (This does not inculed combat Bahng Mahng Ee):
    • If a competitor is under 60” tall, they MAY use either 21” or 25” weapon.
    • If a competitor is 60” or over, they MUST use 25” weapon.
  • Single or Double Ssahng Jeol Bong:
    • If a competitor is under 60” tall, they MAY use either 9” or 12” weapon.
    • If a competitor is 60” or over, they MUST use 12” weapon.
  • Jahng Bong:
    • Color Belts: Length of weapon MUST be at least shoulder height.
    • Black Belt Mid-Range: Length of weapon MUST be at least shoulder height.
    • Black Belt Long-Range: Length of weapon MUST be at least 4” taller than a competitor.
    • There is no maximum length for this weapon.
    • Minimum height requirement is suspended if it requires a Jahng Bong over 7 feet long
  • Ssahng Nat:
    • If a competitor is under 60” tall, they MAY use either 9” or 12” weapon.
    • If a competitor is 60” or over, they MUST use 12” weapon.
  • Jee Pahng Ee:
    • No restrictions on size as long as the weapon is a functional length.
  • Gum Do:
    • Color Belts: No length requirement. See your instructor for appropriate length.
    • Black Belts: The act of sheathing and unsheathing the Gum Do is an integral aspect of a Gum Do presentation. The current lengths are 29, 32, 35, and 41 inches. The length of the weapon to be used is determined by the student standing at attention with the sword (not in the sheath) gripped at the guard and held downward and relaxed at a 45-degree angle. The tip of the sword should be approximately ½” to 1” from the ground. If the tip of the sword is more than 1 inch from the ground, the next length of Gum Do should be used.
    • A competitor must use the sheath that is provided with the weapon. Example: A 35-inch weapon cannot be used with a 41-inch sheath.
  • Oh Sung Do:
    • No restrictions on size.
  • Sam Dam Bong:
    • No restrictions on size.

Adornment Restrictions

Decorating a weapon is defined as putting anything on the weapon that was not included in the manufacturing of the weapon. Using two weapons that are identical except for the color falls under the category of decorated weapons. Altering the weapon is defined as changing the weapon's from its original size, shape, or form by any means.

  • For traditional weapons competition (all ranks),
    • The weapon must not be decorated in any fashion.
    • The weapon must not be altered in any fashion.
  • For creative & ATA-Xtreme weapons competition (all ranks)
    • The weapon MAY be decorated. If in the opinion of the RTTL, the decorations alter the weapon, the weapon will not be allowed to be used in competition. The RTTL's decision is final.
    • Using two weapons that are identical except for the color falls under the category of decorated weapons. Therefore, it is allowed in creative and xtreme weapon competition.
    • The weapons must not be altered in any fashion.
  • Grip tape is allowed on all weapons, but must not alter the shape or reduce the size of the weapon. This includes combat weapons.
  • Weapons used in competition will not have“knowledge” stripes on them.