For many years, uniforms have been used in a multitude of industries. From school, to the military, to sports teams, to work, uniforms have remained an element that helps people distinguish one team or organization from another. And while uniforms are mainly used for this reason, sports teams, the military and some other organizations have supplemental uniforms that have their own purpose as well.
No matter what type, uniforms give people a sense of unity and helps promote pride in being a part of a larger organization. Loyalty in a group also increases and a feeling of team boosts the morale among everyone involved. Members also feel more confident and enthusiastic because they belong to a group that has the same interests and goals. In the greater scope of things, this cohesiveness also creates brand recognition and consumer trust within the community.
In martial arts, wearing a uniform is an important custom and each style has their own traditional attire that represents it. These uniforms are worn in class for training as well as at formal events such as testings, tournaments, and demonstrations. When people are seen in a traditional martial arts uniform, it is recognized that they are a part of some form of the art. There is a sense of unity in their own individual style, but they also feel a sense of belonging to the martial arts world as a whole.
The other obvious benefit of uniforms is that the traditional uniform as used in most Martial Arts programs is meant to be functional to the style of Martial Art being studied. In traditional Karate programs, like the ones at Cornerstone, having the correct type of attire means being comfortable during high-intensity training (not too hot, not too cold), not suffering damage to your attire during grabs, and having the right kind of pants that don’t rip or tear during kicks.
Tradition is important regarding martial arts uniforms, but it can be a challenge to keep them looking their best when they are worn daily in class. For this reason, most families choose to invest in one to two additional uniforms for each family member.
Uniforms are a great way to create a union among people in an organization and create a consistent appearance. When traditional martial arts uniforms are thought of as a “dress uniform” and are to be worn for special events, it creates a higher sense of appreciation for it. Utilizing a training uniform or “fatigues,” on a daily basis, is a more practical approach, especially in children’s martial arts classes. Having uniforms that are durable, as another option for training time, is a great alternative for students and parents appreciate the simplicity that comes with this.