Tying a Judo Belt

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When tying a judo belt, take one-fourth of the belt, push it to the hip, pull the long part around the body, and make sure both ends are even. Discover how to keep a judo belt tied tight with help from an eighth-degree black belt in this free video on martial arts belts.

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Judo has a great place in the history of martial arts because it was the first martial art other than boxing, but Asian martial arts introduced into the Olympics and to this day it is an Olympic sport. Judo of course comes from Japan, it's the sport version of jiu jitsu. Jakiro Cano was a brilliant school teacher took the deadly techniques out of jiu jitsu and created the sport of judo. Judo is a grappling sport, it's kind of like wrestling with a jacket on, so boy you get tugged around a lot. You got to have your belt tied correctly. So here we go. I'm going to take one fourth of my belt, push it to my hip. Then, I am going to hold it there as I reach around and pull the long part all the way around my body, and as I do this I want to lay it flat against the body. See it got tangled up there. Then, the long end comes around the top. See I went over here. Go around again. If I pull this nice and tight I can let go, reach around, grab my buddy back here. I'm going to bring him around, lay him on top. Make sure they are even. That's pretty even, otherwise I just shuffle around a little bit. Get it in tight to my body, and then bring this over and under. Now here is the key thing, in judo since you gi top is being pulled so much you got to have that belt on pretty tight to try and keep things in order. Alright, this is to short, this is to long, so I am just going to shuffle a little bit, and get them to where they are closer to being even, and a black belt takes great pride in tying his belt correctly, and as students emulating black belts you do too. Finally I will take the belt that's on top, bring it underneath the one that's on the bottom, and then get the kinks out. See I've got this ready to go, and here's what all black belts do at the end, all dedicated students, pop. That's the power pop, it gets you ready for class. I'm John Graden from the Martial Arts Teachers Association. Thanks!

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