The new school I'm at has a lot of stuff. There's stars on the collar, that I think have something to do with black belt "levels" (intermediate tests between degrees). One kid has "best breaking" patches all down his arms, but in my opinion everything he does is relatively sloppy for his belt level.I hate all the patches. I don't mind a school OR association logo on the front, a flag somewhere else and maybe a logo or dojang name on the back. Anything else looks gaudy!
For what it's worth, if anyone attends the Master Instructor Course in Korea with a dobok like that, they're sent out of the course on the first day to walk to the nearby store to buy a plain dobok (the store is almost on Kukkiwon grounds, at the top of Kukkiwon hill, so maybe 3 minutes from the main door of the Kukkiwon).
Likewise with a belt with crazy things on it (name and school or association name in English and Korean is fine, dan bars are weird to Koreans but rarely commented on to the wearer, maybe about them in Korean though ;-) ) - will be sent to go and get a plain belt.
I've been putting a lot of thought into this today.I don't mind a school OR association logo on the front, a flag somewhere else and maybe a logo or dojang name on the back.
So.... put the patches somewhere that will be seen with sparring gear on.As I was writing the above statement, I realized that when you're wearing sparring gear in a tournament, the chestguard will cover up any logos, except maybe a one-size-too-small chestguard won't cover up the back.
I've seen children wearing gis and doboks with the school name/logo in big letters screen printed on the back. I always thought the purpose was to get the attention of parents who see these children with their parents at the grocery store.I do think that having a school logo somewhere on the uniform (preferably front and back) is important for when you're going to be in a mixed environment, such as a tournament.
So.... put the patches somewhere that will be seen with sparring gear on.
I was thinking to put the logo patches on both the top of the foot guard and the bottom of the strap that holds the foot guard on. If your patches are really heavily embossed and backwards.... then your students will be leaving your logo all over the competition....
"Hey, who kicked you in the face??? Oh wait, I see, it was one of those STKD guys... it's written all over your face...." (STKD = Skribs TKD)
My new school is this way. I think it's also good because you can tell who's who when you're wearing sparring gear.The last time I was at a tournament, I saw some kids with their school name printed down the leg of their pants. So when they were kicking, you'd see "So and So's Taekwondo" right there lol. I thought that was clever.
I've seen children wearing gis and doboks with the school name/logo in big letters screen printed on the back. I always thought the purpose was to get the attention of parents who see these children with their parents at the grocery store.