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Taekwondo is originally from Korea and is now over 4000 years old. The three syllables of the name stand for foot technique (Tae), hand technique (Kwon) and the art or the way (Do). In taekwondo foot techniques dominate more clearly than in comparable martial arts.
Everyone wears a white taekwondo suit (Dobok). The suit has a big V-neckline, wide sleeves and wide trousers for good agility. Women are allowed to wear a white T-shirt underneath. All have a sturdy fabric belt that is knotted around the waist.
History of the belts
Allegedly, students and trainers wore a same-colored belt. As it used to be mainly out-of-doors, the belts of those who frequently trained became darker and darker, while those of the "lazy ones" stayed beautifully light and clean. This is how the path from the white belt to the black belt came into being.