There are five reasons put forward as to why a traditional Dogi should be worn. Join us and discover what are the reasons:
A Different Place.
The wearing of a Dogi reminds the practitioner that the place where he trains is different to the place where he / she lives and works. When he / she enters the dojo, he enters a place where the realities and worries of the world can be set aside and he can focus entirely on the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of his / her training.
Uniformity & Organization.
The wearing of a Dogi helps us to see at a glance who is of which rank, who is sensei and who is a student. This organization of rank and hierarchy enables one to have organization of thought and a sensible progression of training. It enables individuals to know their position and what must be achieved to raise their position in the dojo.
When an individual values a uniform that individual becomes more committed to the art in which they belong for a greater length of time.
A Dogi is comfortable, practical and hard wearing. It is fit for purpose. Remaining comfortable allows one to continue training for longer periods of time which should result in achieving greater ability.
Retaining the Integrity of the Art.
The Dogi helps to retain the integrity of the art. Wearing the Dogi shows knowledge and respect for the history, culture and origin of the art. Ignoring the usefulness of a uniform ignores the roots of the art from which it comes. It ‘mocks’ the very source in which the art hails.
The Dogi is more than just a uniform. It is a symbol of all that it means to be a martial artist. Keep it neat, keep it clean, and wear it with pride.