The uniform used in traditional karate schools is called a dogi and consists of two parts: the top or kimono, and the pants. The dogi worn in the dojo is white or natural white following the philosophy that everyone training is equal regardless of social status, occupation, sex, race or religion. The top is worn with the left lapel on the outside and may be fastened with the strings located on the sides. Not all dogis have these ties; your belt is the primary way to keep the top closed.

Your dogi should always be kept clean and tidy, and any rips or tears repaired quickly.

Nothing is to be worn under the top of your gi with an exception made for women. Women may wear a whiteT-shirt or appropriate sports top.