I was told that was the American way of tying your belt, there are two ways of traditionally doing it where your belt does not overlap at the back! If they can do that right at the end of the month, they will get a diploma :) Everything that's wrong about traditionalism is right there in that sentence. He'd probably talk about cult behaviour, herd mentality and the need to add value to an art that has been pointlessly mystified. However, don’t worry if it’s not “perfect”. Attitude adjustments will develop as they progress in karate, if they have a Master who deeply administers respectful speech, customs and actions etc. The initial reason for tying the belt was to keep your sword secured against your armor. My family is American / oriential which connects the Asian cultures naturally and with respect etc. When I started Judo at age 10 or so, I was so hyped, that I searched for instructions on the internet and did it ca. Just kidding but it really does drive me crazy! This "Teach How" video is applicable to Karate, Judo & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. :). Fold down the non-label end of the belt. To tie on your karate belt, begin by finding the center of the belt and putting it over your navel. Is there any CORRECT way to tie that damn belt??? First a big hello to Barth, Sensei...back to belt 101...I remember my first belt had huge meaning and significance to me...then someone stole it....I learned quickly I needed a new belt....no belt can substitute your knowledge...I had a jujitsu teacher. This concept is known as ‘Bun Bu Ryo Do’; literary study and physical practice are united in the ‘Way‘. As for mental and spiritual balance and all the other wonderful things, those are recent additions to the martial arts and had no true basis in historical martial heritage. With all the different types of sites, videos and even infographics showing you how to tie your Karate belt, this is really that we can relate to the most. So, both practical and moral principles were embodied in the art. Baltimore Martial Arts Academy © 2020 All Rights Reserved, Martial Arts Website Design by FightFunnels.com. I just want to add a tip for keeping the ends the same length, which I am sure many of you know or do without thinking. "Jap" is a racial slur that has an ugly history in the United States. (And if my karate fails me I'll either be dead or just start training harder.). Within the schools I've trained in we don't teach silly philosophies or spirituality, but to me the dojo has always been my sanctuary. How do you tie a karate belt? Otherwise, wear whichever suites you as far as your training is concerned. He said, " I'm a Martial Arts Teacher, not a Martial Arts Preacher." I don't care what Kano's meanings for the colors were at the time, they're just ways to divide up a class (and for the mcdojo owners to get fat off their paying students). I do mine in a similar way - without the cross at the back. Enkamp Sensei, I tie mine judo style when I do not want it coming undone. When I was first introduced into the martial arts (Judo in 1961) while stationed in Japan I was taught the cross in the back method of tying the belt; however, when I began training in Karate-Do (1963) they taught me the wrap around method which I think looks much neater. I don't think so. I didn't realize it was one of those "Why do firemen wear red suspenders" questions. Honestly weather they cross in the back or not doesn't bother me a bit. :). Can you elaborate on the tying of the knot? Western philosophers refer to this as the “pen and the sword”. To be honest, I too am not fussed how they tie them, provided they a presentable, evenly hung and stayed knotted throughout training. Is it too showy? ".End of conversation lol. If I don't take pride in my training then no-one else will. Yes, symbolism is part of Japanese culture and karate is part of that make-up. If you're tying the belt that way and it still has a twist in the back and you as the Sensei says it's about your mindset then that twist However being lazy, and somewhat sly, we've realized that you didn't have to do this. The question is; "Why is the belt tied around your waist, and not somewhere else?" Finally parents you now have a video tutorial showing you how to tie your child's karate belt. Funakoshi of course was a big proponent of this as were many others. The next is the "turn-your-head-and-cough" (I mean, face away from the shomen, or instructor, or highest ranked student, or any black belt, or your father, or someone who could be a father, or an elder, or someone who might look like your elder) This is great for beginners especially kids because it is easy but will always leave your belt crossed at the back.The way to get perfection would be to let hang the belt down to your left knee then wrap the long lenght round twice then follow on from step3. Many of the Okinawan & Japanese karate masters saw a societal or community benefit to incorporating a philosophical or moral side to the art of traditional karate. in the back is telling. But that is just something you have to practise and learn. Read some old books (prior to... 1969 did you say?) Yet beyond that cold, hard practical truth for the application of karate training... there is a broader truth. Strictly speaking, the application of traditional karate is self defense. Remember that the masters of Te didn't practice in what we called gi today. All rights reserved. Another "fun" point of discussion has always been the issue of stripes on belts. The arrow shape on the belt also signified the highest level of licensure which was to become an archer (thus the arrow). Might there be any other answers to this question? You ever see a police officer on patrol with scuffed up pants and shoes!!? Here's my view. He said it was useless...he said if the belt around your waist can jump off of your and wrap around a persons neck and hang them from the ceiling then it's got worth...that one he would wear all the time. At the same time, the legitimate purposes of same as I have outlined can be used to manipulate or deceptively market a commercial product. My aikidou sensei in Japan specifically told me to cross it in the back for that reason, whereas I had been doing the flat/stacked wrap for aesthetics in my karate. In my travels around the world, I’ve seen many ways. Hmmm, methinks another myth here. You earn White Belt in my school by tying the belt correctly 5 time before me. When I tie my belt, I do so bearing in mind these two 'practical' philosophical precepts proposed by Master Kanawaza Hirokazu and the late Master Tohei Koichi of Aikido: Hear hear! Age is wisdon in karate, you can learn from it! © 2020 Jesse Enkamp. I don't mention that as "THE rule you must all follow" but as an example of etiquette in one particular dojo/style. In this how-to video, Sensei Paul Adams will teach you how to tie your belt on your karate kid. I'm still trying to figure out how that tradition of it being "disrespectful" came from. With one side of the belt in each hand, create tension as you pull each side of the belt back. :-) Take the piece of belt on your left and fold it down and under the two layers of belt. Yon-Dan My second sensei I noticed wore his belt differently and I thought it looked very smart and neat, so I asked him to show me. He said, if he interjected his beliefs into his martial arts he would limit the ability to teach certain students. I do a judo-style wrap'n'pull the knot between the two layers of belt, because that's how I learned it during my judo days. He never wore a belt. PS. I don't think they intended it as an abbreviation for Japanese. I still couldn't figure it out how to tie my Hirota belt for competition with those strings - have you also a tutorial for this? I was told by a 10th Dan from Okinawa, that is was hugely disrespectful to wear your belt with it Crossing at the back! I think you'll find its not "new age" and any attempt to better your life probably shouldn't be called "crap" either. As martial artists get further away from their warrior roots, the desire to become "prettier" has surfaced and now belts have all sorts of things on them. Locate the middle of your tae kwon do belt. @Christer I think vocally challenging these ignorantly or wilfully perpetuated lies is ESSENTIAL if karate is not to go the way of the dodo. To ensure the ends are the same lenght I keep my belt folded the same as a new belt. Maybe I could create a new technique called beltwaza or something. A close up of how the knot looks when complete would be great - the wearer or the starer?) Hope this ends the myth of symbolism behind black-belts. The method shown in this video clip is how I was originally taught to tie a belt, which is fine. This is off-topic, but the preferred abbreviation for Japan or Japanese is "Jpn." it's a bit hard to see in that final image. I liked the video and valued it's interpretive lesson... We teach our students on their first lesson how to tie this way, because it is the easiest one we have to teach our 6 year olds and our 80 year olds. While there are undoubtedly many ways to tie a belt in Karate and other Martial Arts, the method you describe, courtesy of Patrick McCarthy, accords with the method taught me by my childhood Judo instructor, who in turn studied under Master Kano Jigoro's disciple Koizumi Gunji, the founder of the Budokwai in London (UK). Use the cords on the uniform to tie this flap in place, then cross the other side across your body and, again, use the cords fixed to the uniform to tie it in place. Maybe I should buy a Seishin Kuro Obi?!?!?!?! This designated a specific level of LICENSURE for that warrior and his training path. The next is the hole in the knot must face left (of who? And anyway, I've seen places where they insist that you bow looking at your adversary, but would turn your back on him to adjust a belt. If your child has come from The Kung Fu Panda Karate system, the new club badge can replace the Kung Fu Panda badge. @talprofs, Final word from me on this topic, courtesy of an instructional video on how to tie your belt from Rener Gracie of the legendary Gracie Jiu-Jitsu family, featuring three very practical methods for belt tying: For example, the cross at the back, uneven belts and never the use of the "three-diamond" knot are all signs of the kyu ranks whereas the even belt lengths, straight back and three diamond knot are reserved for the Dan ranks. Hisaye-san, thanks for your wisdom! Knowing from day one you earned your way by demonstrating your ability to apply knowledge. Then, finish tying the knot. Tuck the label end of the belt under the other end and over to your right side. The crossing behind the back(which should look more like an over lap than an 'X') is actually the proper classical way of tying it. In our school we tie the 'X' style. I'm looking forward to what's next. Alan. Baltimore Martial Arts. Beanie, that's true. In the 30s there was a big push by the Okinawans to get Karate to be accepted by the Japanese martial art community. ... My child will be going away for one or two weeks and I want to make sure I don’t pay for those classes. Keep the kick ass content coming brudda. 20 times a day for a week and now it's sealed in my brain(and heart) forever. Japanese tradition calls for a respectful observance of each style's meaning behind tying and wearing the obi. The 1940s is well within the modern era when many changes were taking place. Many modern martial arts practice some form of sword or knife art. Skills & techniques are taught that are designed to maim or kill opponents. 1. That is the method we teach at our school. (Women might have a legitimate claim to exception here.) However, there is the controversy of stripes for Dan ranking. Belt Tying Video #2: Check out this fun video and learn how to tie your karate belt in minutes. You mean, it's okay to to roll around on the floor - and get the entire gi dirty (as if the training mat is dirty...) but it's not okay to let it touch the floor when putting it on? Though I think that as long as the knot looks presentable and your pants stay on for the rest of the training session both methods are fine. It never mattered what was going on outaide it's doors, once you walked through them It was just about training. Tying the belt and how to do so is a practical matter. Thanks. A flat wrap with the sword allows the scanners to flop around. To my eye, the first method seems exactly the same as your article, @Jesse, the second method is the 'wrap-around' method, and the knot used in the third method, described as a 'super-lock' knot, seems very similar to the diamond-shaped knot employed by the late Master Nakayama Masatoshi. Consult with O'Sensei or Shihan for advisement and "challenge" your karate development physically and mentally will make you a better person. And add black dye on brown belt (Since that's the only color that makes an impact on brown) to get a black belt. Thanks for really going through and explaning the very basics, as Pat has mentioned above. Now I have my own club. It should be done neatly out of self respect and respect to your art. Meanwhile, you can tell the idiots who keep putting their belts in the washer and dryer to make it look like their belts are weathered. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer…. "It's best not to judge too harshly, or to vocally, about these differences." But the people are not always kids. This is exactly how we do it. ‘fudoshin’). It is easy to follow and the method used at my martial arts academy. I initially learned this way from my first sensei and would forever be getting bruised on my back from doing grappling or kick ups on the ground as I am fairly bony. There were no insults there - merely statements of fact- but if you feel personally insulted, perhaps you could ask this therapist that you recommended why that is the case. I have attempted to provide an answer to your question as to why the belt in Karate and other Martial Arts is tied at a point below the umbilical cord with reference to explanations given by Master Kanazawa Hirokazu (explained at '(a)') and also by the late Aikido Master Tohei Koichi (explained at '(b') but not referenced correctly by me:-(). Like i've seen in the comments above, it seems to be a draw in whether to tie your belt with a "X" or the "Wrap over" method. If you are interested in having your child come try a free class please call us at 410-465-7799 to schedule. It's an affectation, a little reminder of the art that put me on the martial path in the first place. Lack of discipline & self control ended his UFC reign very quickly. Happens to be true with any human endeavor. My Shotokan training was in Japan, Okinawa,Korea, Philippines. It's one of my pet peeves, but I do not leave tags on my other clothing, why would I leave a visible label on my obi? That in old Okinawan culture, religious and spiritual beliefs are very personal and not normally discussed with others, that Okinawan martial arts are simply that, a martial art and not a religion or a spiritual exercise. So in the classical sense there is only one way to tie the belt properly and even the hand motions used for this method of tying have a martial application on the battleground, NOTHING is wasted for training. Except you can't say "ok, fat people work on this kata, and short people work on that kata". I see room for both perspective in traditional karate practice, and they are not by any means mutually exclusive...\ Click on the pictures to view larger sizes. Nothing more. The Article's Author is giving a karate lesson about how to correctly tie the belt. There are practical arguments to the mysticism: The x or wrap, as would allow a sword to be properly held. Your tongues are too bold and reflects upon your imaturity. Not an Okinawan one. Funakoshi was simply one of many Karate teachers on Okinawa but in Japan he was THE Karate teacher and had to sell the art and himself to make a living. I am Retired U.S. military and satationed in the orient more than half my life. So if you start on one side and wrap the Obi (again which doesn't mean belt) around twice you end up with one part underneath the other and that nice stream line view from behind. And where do you get that idea that belts are used to hold weapons? The method I use is very similar but there is no X in back (it's all stream lined). The following video of tying your Karate belt serves as a humble reminder that the essence of Karate lies in your mindset. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROwtw3d1a3c, I love how the belt represents all these cool things, like the balance and the colors!! I'm much more concerned about the final knot rather than the method used for getting the Obi around your waist. Related videos 9,301 0. It is one of two ways that i've seen belts tied, the other is done primarily by our clubs black belts to keep things even and personally found it more secure than the way you mentioned. Martial arts guys never get set in their ways either. I have tied it that way since and find it sits better and is more comfortable. Only time he would wear an obi was outside of his own dojo as a guest. They did not just throw aside a belt and buy a new one ! It took me six years to get a black belt. I rarely comment on topics such as these though I do find them interesting. Jesse-san, Enjoy! So it made sense to dye it darker as you got promoted (since you can't un-dye). It's true about the history of the obi in old ways, but I don't hear of the reverence to the meaning of black. It doesn't - this is just made up mysticism. Additionally, tying or untying the belt is to be done while kneeling on one knee rather than standing. You have a bunch of people talking about one of the most basic things in martial arts and you made tying a belt interesting. Much prefer the wrap method that leaves a flat belt at the back. 3 Stay in the dojo and grow spiritually ! The term kaizen though used in modern times was introduced into post war Japan by American efficiency expert Edward Demming, who was brought to help with post war reconstruction of industry. Simply cuz' of the looks of it. I could explain my method using history and the development of how the belt came into use (which is a Judo story not a Karate story). how to fold a karate belt Before class I put the gi on my bed to fold - no problem. After all it's that knot that holds the whole thing together. No belt will be given freely and you will demonstrate your ability to apply knowledge at each level. Don't get me started on how unprofessional a frayed, worn out belt is too. Cross the ends over and pull one end under both strands. Mostly because an archer got paid more! Either way, get over it, shut up, and train. As far as Okinawan culture goes it has no moral or esoteric meaning. This reminds the Karate-ka of the two directions in which our mind can travel when we are not at peace with ourselves, and the importance of striving upwards in an effort to seek constant improvement (Jpn. And the difficalt part is to get even ends :) Also, tieing the knot is difficult for children, they do it many times the other way round. This is in a small part my spiritualism, again has nothing to do with religion or God(s), but with me finding inner piece. Perhaps the symbolism there could be to reflect on the multiple layers that martial arts has for us, and to remind us to always keep digging for the next level of knowledge/skill? And, we have our stripes on the right; why? Pull both ends to tighten the knot. I do appreciate your karate aspects! Perhaps a more practical reason ... to hold the two front bits of the top in place, and to provide a rudimentary "pocket" for carrying kick-knacks and such. Osu! As a fun fact, the Japanese word for a regular belt (like the one you use for holding up your jeans) is actually "beruto", which is the Japanese way of pronouncing the word borrowed from English. When boiled down I imagine that's what all this additional symbolism is supposed to be trying to communicate. Come give Baltimore Martial Arts Academy a try for FREE. This is done by placing the middle of the belt below your navel. And it doesn't hurt that it is the only way of tying the belt that's never come undone for me - here's a video of how to tie it in said manner/style: Have the child kneel down for you to tie the belt on. It's how the human being behind that activity is using & developing the innate strengths of the person in order to make those punches & kicks (don't forget blocks) forge into a palate of effective martial skills. Point of interest. In this how-to video, Mark Denino will show you how to tie a karate belt tightly and safely onto a child. Great article once again. I could care less about one's belt, so long as there seems some reasonable attempt to avoid looking like a schlemiel when coming onto the mat. Great article Jesse-san! 4 years 5,442 0. @talprofs. Take the middle of the belt and place it on their belly. I have a size four, and it is 180 cm long( around ten feet). Two-Wrap Method 1. Subsequently with the kyu-grades as well, white - add yellow dye- gives yellow belt, add blue dye on yellow belt gives green belt, add, red dye on green belt gives brown belt. I started training in Okinawan karate in 1969. You might also ask why some karateka feel this desperate need to adhere to fabricated ritual. first of all, these belts are a lot longer than people think. Yes, I have seen some political promotions, but they were based on good community standing including world-wide organizational growth development etc. The belt will be very stiff at first, but will loosen up over the years. Actually, every time I've seen Antonio Diaz in competitions he doesn't cross it in the back. The cross in the bag creates a seperation for you to put a samurai sword in between the two wraps to help stablize the scabbard when the sword is drawn. To which I reply, "Your mom isn't in karate - you are. All children who grade to yellow belt (8th Kyu) are given a "Karate passport". because it faces the rising sun, representing the beginning of the training (or it faces the setting sun, representing all of the hard work we put in for the day), or does it change if we turn around - and what if we're already facing east or west - what's the significance of north and south-facing holes? Matt, As the belt makes an “X” behind us, we are reminded to be prepared for those who might cross us behind our backs. Your dojo does it too I surmise. Take the ends and pull them all the way around until they reach the belly again. even as far back as the 1940s and beyond Karate was developing into a "Do" a way of life. Doug-san, I'm honored by the presence of a true belt connoisseur! I my kobudo class on friday, the 16-year-old boy who started a week before me, was struggling to tie his belt. If I'm competing I will use the lock method. Variants without the “X” exist too, but some Japanese organizations (e.g. Here's a quick tutorial how to tie a karate belt or obi that we use at our dojo. Then make the “X” again in the front of the body. On my school we do it both ways depending on whether you are a beginner or an advanced student. Subsequently with the kyu-grades as well, white - add yellow dye- gives yellow belt, add blue dye on yellow belt gives green belt, add, red dye on green belt gives brown belt. Can you see the upper level seriousness! I believe all beginner should be taught this way. So, should karateka want to earnestly purse interpretations of philosophy, human values, moral & practical lessons in their pursuit of their art... that's a good thing too. Than half my life never heard of that before, thanks for chiming in Matt-san. Competitions he does n't - this is why kata world champions like Rika and. The floor the thin part six inches lower then the thick part to job!.... 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