Karate is one of the most popular forms of martial art in the world today. It originated in the Ryukyu Islands and developed from indigenous fighting methods as well as Chinese kenpô. Punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-handed techniques are the main fighting techniques used in this striking art. While traditional karate focused on self development, the modern one emphasizes on development of qualities like determination, courage, virtue, and leadership skills. Tying a karate belt forms an integral part of learning the martial art. In the following lines, we have provided set-by-step instructions for tying a karate belt.
How to Tie a Karate Belt
- Take the belt in your hand and place it around your waist, in the back. Make sure that the belt rests just above your hip bones.
- Hold each end of the belt in each hand, in a way that both the ends are in front of you.
- Ensure that the belt is not twisted in the back.
- Take the end of the belt that you are holding in your left hand and make it a bit longer than the one in the right hand.
- Taking the navel as the center point, wrap the longer end over the shorter one.
- Make the longer end of the belt go all the way around your waist, till the time it is in front of you again.
- Be sure that the longer piece comes over the short piece. The longer piece should be on your right and the shorter one should be on your left.
- Slip the longer end of the belt under both wraps of the belt from the bottom.
- Now, bring it out of the top and fold the end in such a way that it faces downward.
- Grab the shorter end of the belt and move it underneath the longer end, from left to right.
- Bringing up the shorter end of the belt, take it over the top of the longer one.
- Then, take it through the loop and form a knot.
- Pull the ends and tighten the belt.
- By now, both the ends would be of equal length and you would also have a tight knot at the front.