Tying a Karate Obi

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When tying a karate obi, it's important to make sure that the belt is free of crinkles and folds. Discover how to tie a karate obi evenly with help from an eighth-degree black belt in this free video on martial arts belts.

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My all time favorite traditional martial art is Karate Do, Japanese karate. I'm John Graden from the Martial Arts Teacher's Association. The Japanese are exacting about everything. There is a right way to do things, and a wrong way. And that applies to tying your obi. I want to take this belt, I'm going to fold it in half, fold it in half again so I've got a quarter here, and I'm going to take that quarter and just lay it here on my hip. Then I'm going to kind of reach around my back and grab the long end, and bring that around nice and flat against my body. In other words, not curling. Take that long end, bring it on top of the one that's underneath, bring it around. If I do it well, this is already secured, so I can take my hand away. And reach and grab this guy, lay it flat. And bring it around on top of these two belts. From here I want to shuffle around to get the ends even so my belt hangs even. And then I want to kind of tighten it up, get it snug. So this one I just brought around over the top is going to go over the top and under both, and from here, again, shuffling. Getting everything to kind of lie right. No crinky, crinks and weird folds. I'm going to take the top one, bring it over the bottom. And then from here, a good Karate-do student knows that you pop that belt to get ready for class. I'm John Graden from martialartsteachers.com. Thanks.

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