Kung fu suit

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The uniform puts you in the mood. You feel like getting on with the training. Down to business. Ready for action.

Casual attire

A pair of jeans or jogging bottoms would not produce the same effect. Pilates trousers are too figure hugging and require a certain physique. Cropped tops are immodest.

Martial arts

Martial arts uniforms have generous groin space. If you wore jeans to train form, kicks and throwing, you may rupture yourself or be restricted in terms of movement.

Standard uniform

All students wear:

White cotton crew-neck T-shirt
Black cotton martial arts/karate trousers
School badge sewn onto the T-shirt
Flat footwear; preferably not training/sports shoes

White T-shirt (health)

The onus is upon getting fit, strong, supple, coordinated and relaxed. Good alignment, ergonomics and elementary physics are all introduced. Students learn how to focus and work with one another in a constructive manner.

Black T-shirt (taijiquan taster)

Having gained a foundation level of strength and flexibility, and acquired the introductory skills, the student commences fitness/limited martial training.
The student wears a black T-shirt rather than white. They are taking their first steps to becoming a martial artist.

Not the uniform

Dave Lowry once spoke of inexperienced martial arts students washing their uniform repeatedly in an effort to make it look 'seasoned'. Lowry pointed out the problem was not with the uniform.

Changshan (martial)

Students who have passed the green belt syllabus wear a kung fu suit:

Black cotton changshan
Black cotton martial arts/karate trousers
School badge sewn onto the left upper chest and the neijiaquan patch on the right sleeve
Green belt/sash

With the requisite repertoire of preliminary martial skills and some fighting ability, the student has earned the right to wear a taijiquan suit.

Darker belts

Blue, purple and brown are for students willing to make the level of commitment associated with martial arts training.

Show your skills

Taijiquan looks like taijiquan. The form, pushing hands, you know... taijiquan. If your martial expression of taijiquan does not look like taijiquan, it is probably not taijiquan.


A more competent student is capable of using taijiquan skills in unrehearsed combat featuring a wide range of unpredictable attacks. They are a martial artist.

I'm thoroughly enjoying the training; it is on a completely different level to anything I've done previously.



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Page created 7 March 1997
Last updated 27 April 2020