In ancient times there never was such a thing as martial art clothing as you might expect. Style-specific martial art clothing only came into fashion when karate was made a sport in the early 20th century in Japan.

In today’s martial arts world, it is expected that one will have to purchase a uniform when joining a club or school. This makes it great because you will not have to sweat in your office clothes or risk getting those clothes damaged.

However, if you study a street effective system like Wing Tsun, at least occasionally training in regular street clothes is a good idea. If you want to know ahead of time what problems could come up when wearing everyday clothes, office, beach, other sports, etc. it makes sense.

Since most people will undoubtedly be wearing shoes, it is a good idea to practice your art wearing them. Wing Tsun is practiced wearing a traditional Chinese shoe which is a lot like a slipper. It is a unique design, designed by Grandmaster Leung Ting and made especially for Leung Ting WingTsun® that is similar to a Tai Chi slipper but, instead of cloth or plastic soles, it has a leather sole. It is very comfortable and practical for wear at Wing Tsun classes and makes the footwork easier to learn. A photo is at the official USA distributor, Wing Lam Enterprises. They are sellers of all kinds of martial art clothing, protective gear, books, DVDs, shoes, posters and other equipment.

-Sifu Keith Sonnenberg