How to Tie a Karate Belt




I have been doing karate for about seven years. It took me six years to get a black belt. this instructable will show you the basic way to tie a karate belt.

first of all, these belts are a lot longer than people think. I have a size four, and it is 180 cm long( around ten feet). I am only 5'6, so that means the belts can get even longer.

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Step 1: Tie the Belt 1

- start out by folding the belt in half

- unfold it and place the center of the belt over you belly button.

Step 2: Tie the Belt 2

- bring the two ends of the belt behind your back ( picture 1)

- looking down at your belt, place the left end over the right end (picture 2)

- with the left end, pull it underneath both layers of the belt (picture 3)

Step 3: Tie the Belt 3

now twist the place the right side over the left side. ( picture 3)

Step 4: Tie the Knot

from there, make a regular knot ( all pictures below help)

Step 5: Pull Tight

just pull tight and you're done.

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    13 Discussions


    3 years ago

    My class requires a square knot, so this did not really help me. My class is at a place called Supreme Martial Arts and Fitness or World Karate-Do in North Carolina.

    creator 1mrmath

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I do shotokan. style, I think you would say KWAN MU KAN. Also I'm not really a sensei, I only help teach in the class before mine( little kickers) and I usually do the warm up for my class. I am only called sir. someday I would like to be a sensei. Thanks for commenting creator 1


    Reply 4 years ago

    I go to Isshinryu too. What belt are you?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I train in the kyokushin style, and only third degree and up black belts are called sensei. first and second are called sempai, which means senior student.

    mrmathcreator 1

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    No. I earned my Blue belt (5th Kyu) and then had to stop for medical reasons. I will get back to it, soon, I hope. Probably about another year or 18 months after I get back to it that I'll get that far.


    5 years ago

    What style do u take?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Back in the day, when I was studying JKA, the new guys would cross one end of the the belt over the other in the back, resulting in wider spot. Those who'd been wearing these for a while would figure out that when you brought both ends together behind your back, if you brought one end back underneath the other, you could avoid that. The result was that the three pieces of the belt that were under your belly as you tied the knot, instead of being middle of belt/one end/the other end, as shown in your picture, would be one end/middle/other. Which made for a cleaner knot, as well as a more comfortable fit.

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    creator 1jdege

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I only showed it this way for the instructable. My sensei showed your way to me after I got my black belt. The way I actually do it is start with one end over my belly then wrap the other eight and a half feet around my waist twice. Then from there I would just tie a regular knot. Maybe I will make an instructable on that. Thanks for your comment, creator 1