How to Put on a Kung Fu Sash

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A sash for kung fu is typically tied around the waist, and it is held on the left hip for males and the right for females. Use the heroes knot when tying a kung fu sash with help from an eighth-degree black belt in this free video on kung fu sashes.

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Hi everybody I'm John Graden from the Martial Arts Teacher's Association. Joining me to teach us how to put on a kung fu sash is Sifu Dan Schmidt from the Chinese Martial Arts Center in Seminole Florida. So first of all the sash was originally used as a belt. It's a very long strip of cloth, usually it's about five or six feet long, depending on how big the wearer is. It could be silk, satin, cotton, however. What you want to do with the sash, is they would typically tie it around the waist. Now how you do that is you hold it on the left hip, if you're a male. On the right if you're a female. The sash also used to be used as like a sort of sparring gear, you would tie it tightly around the mid-section, to protect your internal organs and hold them together. Certain schools tie the sash a little differently from others, but widely excepted is what's called the heroes knot. So putting it on from the front, you want to take a side of the sash, let it hang a little bit below the knee. From the front go around, grab it, come back across, come back to the side. Now the original piece that you left hanging, what you want to do you want to come up under the remaining layer, put it down through the hole, pull tightly. Now this same bit that you started with, you're going to come over again, this time you're going to come up in a loop, you want to pull tightly, take the remainder, flair it out, press it down over the left tip. And it looks like this. That's how you tie a kung fu sash.

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