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How to Tie Your Karate Belt

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One of the first challenges a new martial artist faces is how to tie their karate belt. Similar to how a neck tie can make or break the look of a fine suit, how you tie your belt can make or break your appearance as a martial artist. It’s easy to discount how you tie your belt as being unimportant but first ask yourself the following questions. 

Would you consider how you throw a punch as unimportant? Are stances unimportant? Is the intensity that you use in a form unimportant? Not really. Like most things in life, how you do anything is how you do most everything. So, although it’s certainly not the most glamorous aspect of karate, let dig into some ways of getting that perfect knot.

I know of 3 ways to tie your belt in karate. There are probably others but the 3 we’ll cover are the ones I most commonly see. The 3 types are the traditional method, the wrap or neat tie and the Judo tie.  All three have pros and cons as far as features and ease of execution.

Instead of creating a drawing to show each step, I’ll use the magic of YouTube instead. I’ll discuss the pros and cons and demonstrate in detail how I tie each version. Let’s get into it.

Demonstration Video

Closing Thoughts

I hope you guys found the information and video helpful towards improving how you tie your belt. I’m personally a huge fan of the “Judo” method since it prevents the belt from coming loose. Properly tying your belt is a great way to show that you take pride in your appearance. In the case of the Judo tie, it can also improve your training sessions since it reduces distraction.

What are your thoughts? Which method do you personally use to tie your belt? Are there any that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

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