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How to make your belt knot


Bruno Bandelier Black BeltSome time ago, I brought you the proof that you could all progress to be a black belt someday.

But do you correctly fasten your belt?

Well, firstly, if you do not know how to tie your belt, do not hesitate to ask a Sempai, they are there to help you.

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Knowing how to tie the knot of his karate belt is very important, that makes part of art learning.

Even if attaching your karate belt is much less important than attaching your seatbelt to a car and even if you consider that the belt on the Karategi has only a clothing function, it is important to know how to tie it properly. If only by respect for your teacher ... You have to know that in Japan, the way to tie the belt (Obi) a Kimono is an art.

So even if in our western practices we give less interest to the art of knotting the belt (Obi-musubi)it is important not to neglect it.

But maybe not, and maybe you do not dare to ask for help. This is a mistake, but hey, when we start we are sometimes a little shy.

In that case , watch the video and practice at home doing and rebuilding your knot properly ...

Your teacher will see that you made an effort, believe me

>>> Download the video

See you soon,

PS: This video is all the more useful at this moment when we are asked to tighten our belts !!!

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  1. Hello,

    I have included in my Aide-mémoire the method proposed by the FFKDA:
    Chapters on the outfit:
    The good method being that ... .. of the FD
    To have no problem to tie his belt from white to brown, the best are the topstitched belts of aikido, very thick otherwise it is not terrible with roll belts ..
    (to make it less fade I let them soak 1 night in boiling water to which I add vinegar).
    Originally it had to be a piece of soft fabric:
    unakoshi _-_ Heian_Nidan_ (2) .png

    The starting idea being a belt that does not hurt:
    "This jacket closes with a belt of canvas or flannel without buckle or hook of any kind." (Extract from the book on the jujitsu Inspector Buvat published in 1911)

  2. Hello, Bruno indeed, I have a good view of the video and it is true that I prefer the 2eme way, but hey the important thing is to know at least one .I m registered for karate in September, I already have to practice jujitsu, and I would like to take the opportunity to perfect myself in the art of karate, to 46 years is this of the madness? Otherwise how to progress well and try to get the black in less than 3 ans .Voila I continue to watch the videos and I'm training next door.

  3. Thank you Bruno for the trick. I was stupidly doing the method you do not like. Now, I have adopted your method. It keeps me from tinkering behind to solve the problem of overlap.

  4. Thank you for the demo.
    I start and I prefer the 1ère method for ease of adjustment. For the dorsal cross; I simply slide the belt under the hip and find myself in the 2 method with 2 identical lengths.
    I liked the knot my son made in Taek Won Do; in the shape of a Chinese mustache, but I do not know if Karate would be accepted.
    Friendships, jm

  5. Hi Bruno thank you for this very useful video to tie his belt for a beginner like me. I would use your way that seems more aesthetic.

  6. Hello
    Thank you for this rich sharing, personally I can do the knot belt (2 method) but I wanted to leave you this message because I appreciate your simplicity, no fuss, no ego oversized is join the useful to pleasant. It's perfect continue!

  7. hello thank you for letting us know how to fasten the belt. My only problem is that I would like to subscribe but I do not have enough money. I am a second year student at the University of Dakar (Senegal) UCAD. In addition the first demonstration sessions interest me a lot, and I ask if I could have the video if you. I want to learn karate but here especially in the city it's hard to do it.

  8. Eh yes learning it starts with the belt knot.
    It reminds me when I learned to do my 1er bow tie ... a must-have detail to be admitted to the big league and be credible.
    thank you bruno

  9. Hi Bruno, I'm new and I started the katate in May, and June my sensei propose to pose for a yellow belt, and I missed on the spot I was very disappointed but in hindsight I said "I can not believe that I had 5 just before the exam" and so I have a red bar, and since I boss with your blog, not easy every day because work and toddler, but my sensei is not the kind complimented easily and yesterday he congratulated me because he thinks that I have evolved in a beautiful way, and I thank you for it 'is true that I have parsed various sports of fight but jaar karate and I understand nothing in the kata and thanks to your videos I improve regularly, congratulations and thank you for taking time to help people like me who are novice.

    • Hello Fabian,
      I am very happy for you if my videos are useful for you.
      That's exactly how I see things: Training at home in addition to training at the dojo to progress faster.
      And if in addition your Sensei perceives and congratulates you it's great.
      Good continuation,
      PS: try re-reading your messages next time to avoid typos; Thank you.

  10. Thank you Bruno, for this video showing how to belt the belt especially the second way I did not know.
    Small request could you make a video on the not slipped and not hunted in kick.
    In advance I thank you and congratulations for your craze to share and share your knowledge and approaches on the technique fist foot for you is karate but whatever the name

  11. Hello Bruno,
    So here, I wanted to thank you for this video. To be honest, I have been holding the black belt 1er dan for two years and I was wearing my belt differently, but really differently ^^ '. For the first time in two years I managed to make a real belt knot
    ps: I will spend my second Dan Saturday
    Thanks again

      • Hi Bruno!
        Voila ! I'm happy, I got the second Dan
        But to be honest, I was completely stressed on the tatami and for me I was not up to par, I mean by that I do twice better what he asked me at the dojo with my teacher . I guess it must be because of the stress ...
        In short, I am happy to have obtained this grade but on the other hand I am not satisfied with the work that I showed before the jury. What could you tell me about it? ^^ '
        And, I have a little question, I do not know at all if you know the answer but ... So, here is the partner I worked with, did not have his second Dan, and that's just because he was missing "1 point". I find it a little outrageous: S While personally I found that he was better than me and that he deserved it more than me. In your opinion, why did the judges not "go up" by one point a UV so that he could have it?
        PS: Otherwise, frankly I love your site, continuous like that, it really helps me to progress
        Hmmm, I might have a little request to make you (yes again: S I hope I do not bother you too much with that) Here I would like you to make a "written" explanation and / or "Visual" if possible, to learn how to "feel" the hip in a kata for example. That is to say, to better work and especially to feel because to be honest, I never really felt: S.
        Voila, otherwise continue your site, especially never stop! : p
        Thank you again for all you do for all karateka: p

    • Hello Julien,
      Answer a little late, sorry.
      I congratulate you on your 2ème dan. Do not think about the performance you think you've done. The important thing is what the jury thought. You deserve your 2ème dan, enjoy it and give you go in a few years for the 3ème
      For your unlucky partner, it's true that it's annoying, but maybe something was wrong, you did not see it. You can not both pass your rank and judge others. He will pass it again, too bad. You must accept.
      For hip work, I talk about it quite often on the blog. The first thing to do is relax your hips so you can mobilize them as you wish. The movements do not really start from the hips, but from the belly. In a lot of movement, this translates as a movement of the hips but sometimes the hips remain almost fixed so that the basin serves as supports to transmit the energy of the Hara as when one is in Kiba Dachi.
      I talk about it in my article on the dissociation of the hips, what did you think?

  12. Posted by Bruno BandelierHi Marc,

    On the other hand tell Benji that it trains to have the two strands of the belt of the same length because it is sometimes more difficult with this method.


    Yes Bruno, you're right, tonight before the Benji course, already gave the method to his friend Melvin and it is precisely this difficulty that has presented itself (a blow too long or too short)

    A ++

  13. Fabrice Morel at

    You were right to make a video on this subject. Karate also has a whole ethic. We tend to forget all that karate has in this area. An upcoming "How to bend your Keikogi" would be welcome. See the different forms of "Hi".

  14. Fabrice Morel at

    You were right to make a video on this subject. Karate also has a whole ethic. We tend to forget all that karate has in this area. An upcoming "How to bend your Keikogi" would be welcome. See the different forms of "Hi".

    • For me, the dedicated or virtual dojos are places where other social rules apply and we do not explain it, so it is not transmitted. As it is conceived as sport one checks oneself like in boxing and one uses oneself the paluche ...
      But I did this (shaking hands) to an old man (who was my age at the time), he scolded me friendly, pointing out that when you get on the carpet you greet ... ALREADY ...
      Japanese society has lived a time where everything was codified to avoid ambiguities that could end very badly ... not to mention the gestures that come from Shinto (the clapping of some senseis hands).
      I tried a aikido course a bit "perched" during 3 weeks, just to see. The course was held in an old garage. Very calm. The one who directs the session, sings the norito, great silence, everyone turns around him, to go place ...
      It starts as a kind of broom, then the lesson begins ... It feels like being in another world ... A world where we are not quite the same ....

  15. Thank you for this very interesting and useful video for everyone even the old ones. This video is all the more interesting because generally, as you mentioned, you do not pay much attention to how to tie your belt. Personally, I practice the first method for a very long time, but I see that the second method is also interesting, I will try it because it does not involve overlapping of the two parts behind the back.

  16. Hello Bruno and as always, BRAVO for the site!
    just two remarks: the first method works perfectly (for me since 26 years) by "sliding" one strand under the other, and secondly, I was taught at the beginning that the strands were to descend naturally "after the knot "because the upward strands would be a sign of defeat (???) (just as the karategi sides do not put upside down: sign of death) perso, I do it with the 1ère method and the strands down 😉

    • Hello,
      Indeed, it is not only these two ways of doing things. There is also the double knot ... As I told you it's quite an art.
      But I do not know what you're saying about strands in the other direction. I always did like that and never said anything to me. If anyone else can comfirm this story of defeat ...
      I do not know if there is one method better than another, I think the important thing is to make your knot properly and seriously.

  17. Hi Bruno,

    Benji abandons the first method he knew, and now adopts your favorite ... without a knot behind and more aesthetic ..
    "Success is in the details"

    Marc & Benji

    • Hello,
      The advantage of this method is that the outfit is not crumpled, a bit like the army or we put his shirts under the mattress ... ..
      In the 70 years the practitioners at the club, folded their outfit by sliding one end of the folded belt in two in the part that wraps, the other surrounds the outfit and we slip what remains ....
      Long to explain verbally, .. it's like describing an abstract work on the phone, I put a method on the last page of the preview:

    • Hello,
      Indeed ... in the 70 years there was a way to fold the "kimonos" (karategis) that allowed to transport them in a small volume.
      Curious epoch where one saw karatekas jogging in uniform towards the street of Mountain St Genevieve. The pupils of JP Lavorato, went in the wood of Vincennes to make makiwara on trees in outfit. Some exhibited this small roll of cloth near the rear window of their car ....
      To see my method without buying the book, click on preview and go to the last page where it is located.
      In my opinion, this method is good to go in the room without a big bag, but for the return it is better that it is released in bulk ....

  18. Hello Bruno and congratulations for your blog! Very interesting articles! Little article idea; how to get up and get up in seiza? Because I have the impression that everyone does as he sees fit in the end!



  19. Hello Bruno,

    thank you for this tutorial on the method to fasten your belt. This one is clear and without fuss, unlike those that can be found on youtube and others.

    Congratulations for your blog and good luck. I appreciate the training methods. Although I started karate for a year, I preferred to start everything with the first training 1, just to miss nothing.

    Good continuation!


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