Different Ways of Tying Your Belt

The belt is perhaps the most iconic symbol of martial arts.

 

A karate belt is not just something to hold up your pants, but something that represents your rank and achievements as a karate practitioner.

 

Tying your belt is one of the first things you learn, but like most things in karate, it can be done many different ways.

 

This is like learning your first block, then discovering all the different types of blocks. 

 

You may tie your belt differently for a different look (maybe for competition), or you may tie it differently to obtain a certain function (maybe so it doesn’t come undone).

 

I have tried tying my belt many different ways, but I have three favourites.

 

Tying your belt consists of two things, the base and the knot. In this post, I will explain different ways of tying each, and how to do it yourself.

 

 

Base

 

Before you tie the knot for your belt, you need to have tied your base.

 

The base is the way the belt is tied around your waist, the actually knot of the belt is what’s stopping the base from coming undone.

 

In a nutshell, the base is the first few steps leading into the knot of your belt. 

There are two main ways of tying the base for your belt. They are relatively similar, and each way functions the exact same, it just comes down to preference.

 

Here is the first way:

Step One: hold the end of the belt in your right hand, and have your left hand holding the belt at your left hip.
Step Two: wrap the end of the belt in your left hand around your waist back to its original position.
Step Three: perform the action from step two once more.
Step Four: thread the end of the belt coming from the left side underneath the layers of belt made by the previous two steps.

 

Here is the second way:

Step One: hold the belt out in front of you in two equal halves.
Step Two: hold the belt across your stomach with the two ends in each hand.
Step Three: tie the two ends around your waist, creating a crossed intersection at the back.
Step Four: have the two ends cross over each other at the front, with the end coming from your right side being on top, and the end coming from your left side being underneath.
Step Five: thread the side that was on top underneath the layers of belt created by the previous steps. The end on top should be in your left hand, and the end underneath should be in your right hand.

 

 

Now that you know how to tie the base of your belt, its time to try some of the different knots.



Type One

 

This knot is the most basic of the three, and is probably the first knot you were taught.

 

It is quite simple and not too difficult to tie.

 

Once you have set up the base for your knot, follow the steps below.

 

Step One: make sure that the end in your left hand is on top, and the end in your right hand is underneath.
Step Two: cross the end in your left hand on top of the end in your right hand, creating a loop.
Step Three: thread the end that was previously in your right hand through the loop created in step two.
Step Four: pull the two ends tight… and now you have your knot!

 A problem with this knot, is that it comes undone really easy (which is not ideal for competitive kata).

Type Two

 

This knot is more difficult than the first, but it isn’t as difficult as the third.

 

However, like all things in karate, the more you practice, the better you get.

 

This knot is used by many Japanese kumite fighters, as it stays tight and doesn’t come undone.

 

Follow these steps to tie this knot.

Step One: after setting up your base, tuck the left end of the belt underneath the other layers around your waist and out through the top, creating a loop.
Step Two: thread the end of the belt on your right side through the loop you just created. This will create another loop.
Step Three: thread the end of the belt on the left side through the loop you created in step two.
Step Four: pull tight… and you have your knot!

 

 

Type Three

 

This knot is the most difficult to tie out of the three.

 

It is very popular among WKF kata competitors, as it stays tight and doesn’t come undone, and is also visually appealing (big knots are trending at the moment).

 

This knot will also be ideal in training, as you will spend less time re-tying your belt.

 

Step One: after setting up your base, take the end of the belt in your right hand and thread it over the layers of belt around your waist, creating a loop.
Step Two: thread the end of the belt on your left side through the loop you just created in step one, creating another loop.
Step Four: thread the end of the belt that is on your right side through the loop you just created in step three.
Step Five: pull tight… and you have your knot!

 

 

 This knot may be hard to tie, and it may seem slightly unnecessary to have such a complicated knot, but this is actually my favourite out of the three. This is due to the fact that it keeps your belt from becoming loose, as well as how it looks visually pleasing.

 

 

That’s it!

 

Hopefully you have found a new and useful way of tying your belt.

 

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Cheers!

 

-Jesi Boy

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