tying the belt

At Catawba Valley Martial Arts, there are two ways to tie the belt properly, one for students and a second option for yudansha (i.e. black belts).

STUDENTS:

  1. Fold and crease the belt in the middle with the brand lapel (if applicable) on the inside right.
  2. Center the concave side (inside of fold) across the middle of the abdomen.
  3. Wrap the belt around the body twice, crossing in the back and bringing the belt ends back to the front.
  4.  Bring the LEFT END over the right end and pass it under both loops from the bottom.
  5. Bring the RIGHT END over the left end and pass it up and back through the loop to tie the final knot.
  6. The belt label (if applicable) should be on the left inside when properly tied.
  7. The ends of the belt should hand down approximately 8-12 inches from the knot.
  8. The belt should be worn snug, not tight, and on the hips and not high on the waist.
  9. For black belts who decide to utilize this option, dan stripes should appear on the outside left, opposite the belt label.

YUDANSHA OPTION:

  1.  Fold and crease the belt in the middle with the brand lapel (if applicable) on the outside left and dan stripes (if applicable) on the inside left.
  2. Center the concave side (inside of fold) across the middle of the abdomen.
  3. Wrap the belt around the body twice, crossing in the back and bringing the belt ends back to the front.
  4. Bring the LEFT END over the right end and pass it under both loops from the bottom.
  5. Bring the LEFT END over the right end and pass it up and back through the loop to tie the final knot.
  6. Dan stripes should appear on the left outside when properly tied.
  7. The belt label (if applicable) should be on the left inside when properly tied.
  8. The ends of the belt should hand down approximately 8-12 inches from the knot.
  9. The belt should be worn snug, not tight, and on the hips and not high on the waist.