Tying a Martial Arts Belt

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A martial arts belt should be tied with precision and evenness, and the process should end with a power snap. Learn about making last-minute adjustments to a martial arts belt with help from an eighth-degree black belt in this free video on martial arts belts.

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Video Transcript

Hi, everybody. I'm John Graden from the Martial Arts Teachers Association at martialartsteachers.com. How do you tie your martial arts belt? Very carefully and correctly is how you do it. We don't want to be sloppy martial artists. So I've got this long belt that's going to wrap around me twice. So I'm going to fold it in half and then fold it in half again. Pretty easy. I'm going to take one quarter of it, tuck it into my hip, and I'm just going to hold that as I reach around my back and lay this against my body, nice and flat. Beware of curls and turning and bad folds. I'm going to take this long part, lay it on top, and bring it around again. Notice I'm using my thumb and index or middle finger to keep them on top of each other. So as it comes around, I want these guys to lay right on top. From here, watch this. Make sure it gets nice and even, all right? We want it nice. Then from here, the one that came around, the long one, is going to go over and under both belts. And they ought to be pretty even. And, low and behold, I got it right. There you go. I'm going to pull it in a little bit tight. Again, just kind of last minute little adjustments, here. And then I'm going to take this belt that's on top, bring it over and under the bottom and give it the power snap, which makes you ready to go train in your class. I'm John Graden from the Martial Arts Teachers Association at martialartsteachers.com. Thanks.


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