Nov 2

How To Tie Your Belt

Even if you’re new to Metamora Martial Arts, chances are you know that karate practitioners wear belts. Many other arts – judo, tae kwon do and more – do, too, although some wear sashes and others don’t wear any kind of material to show their rank at all.

Metamora Martial Arts students need to learn how to tie their belts before they reach yellow belt.

Students are promoted by stripes. At each belt level, you start with 0 stripes. When you learn the techniques and correctly perform them at a testing, you’ll earn an additional stripe. After three stripes, you earn a new belt.

A future post will discuss belts more in depth, but for now, let’s just walk through each step as explained in the video.

  1. Fold your belt in half. Hold it with the folded portion in your left hand.
  2. Swing your belt around your back along your waist while maintaining a hold of the folded portion in your left hand and the two loose ends in your right hand.
  3. One of the loose ends will be closer to your body than the other. Pin that to the area just below your belly button with the folded portion. These parts should not move.
  4. Take the other loose end of your belt around your body twice.
  5. Push that loose end underneath the portions of your belt touching your body so that it slides along your stomach. Pull your belt tight here so that it looks nice when you finish.
  6. With the ends of your belt in each hand, cross your left hand underneath your right hand.
  7. Bring the portion that was in your left hand through the hole.
  8. Grab each end and pull to tighten your belt for class. This way, it won’t fall down in the middle of working out.


As always, remember to never wash your belt and to never let it touch the ground. Both are signs of disrespect.

Note: I acknowledge martial artists tie their belt in different ways, and that my way is just one acceptable way to tie it.

Adam Bockler

Sensei Adam Bockler is a 2nd-degree black belt in karate and the owner of Metamora Martial Arts. He's been in the martial arts since 2003, and has received instruction in tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, judo, tae kwon do and XMA. Sensei Bockler was inducted into the 2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Karate Black Belt of the Year. He is the communications manager for Float Mobile Learning.

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