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Care of the uniform

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The martial arts uniform is made to be strong and long wearing, but it still needs proper care.

Care of the uniform

  • Students should keep their uniforms clean, ironed, and in good repair. They should understand its historical significance and wear it with pride and proper respect and etiquette.
  • Uniform will shrink when washed in hot water the first time, especially those made from 100% cotton. Washing in cold water reduces the shrinking during the initial and subsequent washings. Drying can also cause shrinking, so use the lower settings on the dryer.
  • Be careful with the bleach when washing the uniform. Repeated bleaching may weaken the uniform material causing it to rip easily, may cause small holes to appear, and cause patches to fade.
  • Remove all stains.
  • When ironing the uniform, it helps to first dampen it first or use spray starch.
  • Extra starch can be used on the lower sleeves and lower pants legs to make the fabric stiffer and increase the snapping sound it makes when punching or kicking.
  • Repair any tears, frays, or loose patches, and replace worn-out uniforms. Frayed uniforms don’t make you look tough, they make you look like an egotist who is seeking attention.
  • The seams on heavy fabric uniforms are thicker, which may lead to chaffing. You may want to place tape over problem seams. For example, you may want to tape the back vertical seam of the pants so it does not rub your tailbone raw when doing lots of sit-ups.

Folding the uniform

Do an internet search for detailed instructions on how to properly fold the uniform.


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