How to Tie a Karate GI

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How to Tie a Karate GI
A properly tied belt completes the Gi uniform. (karate boy image by Paul Moore from

The Gi is the standard uniform for all Japanese karate disciplines, as well as for Judo. When worn properly, this uniform is ideal for comfort, durability and functionality during the many exercises of karate. A properly tied Gi belt holds the Gi in place during the most rigorous activities. Tying your belt may take a little practice but should quickly become second nature.

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Things you need

  • Standard Karate Gi with Tie Belt

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  1. 1

    Hold one end of the belt in front of you, near your belly button, while you wrap the longer end around your back twice. Pass the long end over the short end on the first wrap, and stop when the long end is over the short end on the second pass.

  2. 2

    Insert the long end underneath the layers of belt from below and pull the long end through to the top of the belt.

  3. 3

    Fold the long end down over the short end, pulling to your left side.

  4. 4

    Form a loop with the short end of the belt by pulling it to your right side and folding it over the long end.

  5. 5

    Insert the long end through the loop formed by the short end and pull it tight to finish the knot.

Tips and warnings

  • The ends of the belt should be of equal length once the belt is tied.

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