ATA Songahm Uniform
The Taekwondo do-bok comes from the ancient roots of civilization. It was originally just a way to cover the body (a loose, wrap around a piece of clothing that had little significance or design) and "one size fits all". However, in early Asian history, this clothing took shape and evolved into what is now traditionally the do-bok for practicing Taekwondo students.
In Songahm Taekwondo, the do-bok is always white to represent purity and sacrifice (to stay pure, one must sacrifice). It also comes from the idea of the Roman toga. The toga was worn by officials to show they were not greedy for money or power.
The ATA Shield is worn on the student's right side of the uniform. The uniform top should be put on, and then the patch should be pinned for placement.
The victory patch is worn on the students left chest. The uniform top should be put on, and then the patch should be pinned for placement.
**If you lay the top out and then place the patches squarely on, they will look crooked when worn, avoid this!**
The A-Team patch is worn on the student's left sleeve under the seam at the shoulder.
The Leadership Program Club patch is worn on the top of both sleeves. This patch is worn by all members of the Leadership Program (approximately 1 1/2 inches below the shoulder seam). The Leadership Program is where students learn advanced training material and leadership/instructing skills for additional fees.
Leadership Collar – leadership students may wear a one inch red ribbon on the entire length of the collar of the uniform jacket.
Junior Leadership Collar – any Junior in the leadership program may wear the Red, White, and Blue ribbon on the entire length of the collar of his/her uniform jacket.
Black Belt students not certified as instructors nor enrolled in a trainee instructor program may wear a one inch black ribbon along the edge of the uniform jacket from the bottom of the jacket to the level of the belt. Instructors wear a ribbon on the entire length of the collar with one half inch of white showing on the top/inside of the collar.
In addition, a 1 inch black stripe is added down the sides of the pant legs after a student or instructor has reached 4th degree Black Belt. Any individual attaining 4th degree Black Belt wears this pant leg stripe regardless of instructor level or school ownership.
The Black Belt Club (BBC) or Master Club (MC) patch is worn on the top of the left sleeve. The BBC patch is in the shape of an inverted triangle over top of a circle. The MC patch is in the shape of a circle with the Songahm star stitched into the center. These patches are worn by all members of the respective club. The BBC and MC are where students may learn additional material as communicated by their instructor for additional fees. This patch is worn on the student?s left sleeve under the A-Team patch (approximately 1 1/2 inches below the shoulder seam).
These are only worn on the right sleeve, placement as shown above.
At promotional testing's and ATA tournaments, Level 3 Certified Instructors have the option to wear navy blue suits in lieu of their doboks. Fifth Degree Black Belts and up wear matching blue pants, while 1st through 4th degrees wear gray pants. A special ATA patch is worn on the instructor’s left breast. The patch is navy blue with all stitching being done in silver for 1st-4th Degrees or gold for 5th and up. Underneath the shield on the patch is a silver or gold banner (as appropriate) with the instructor’s title and name stitched in navy blue.