How to Make a Karate Belt Rack

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How to Make a Karate Belt Rack
Karate uses belts to designate rank and achievement. (karate image by schaltwerk from

Karate uses a belt system to display rank. This differs from other martial arts such as muay thai that use beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Colours and their rankings can vary from school to school (See Reference 1).

For advanced students who have accumulated many belts, a belt rack is a good way to keep track and show progress. Belt racks can take on many different forms but the hanging rack is more portable and does not require as much space as other models (See Resource 1).

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Drill
  • Paint (varying colours)
  • Thin wood panels (all same size)
  • Coat hanger
  • Wire cutter

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    Determine the number of belts in your discipline. You will need one panel for each belt.

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    Drill small holes into each of the panels. For all but two, drill four holes - two on the top and two on the bottom. For two, just drill two holes across from each other on the long ends. These two will be the top and bottom panels.

  3. 3

    Paint the panels according to the colours of the belts in your discipline. Be sure that the two panels that only have two holes are the colours of the highest and lowest belts.

  1. 1

    Unwind a coat hanger and straighen it out.

  2. 2

    Measure into three inch increments. This is where you will determine if you need more than one hanger.

  3. 3

    Cut the wire into the 3-inch pieces using the wire cutter.

  1. 1

    Take the panel that is the colour of the highest belt (usually black) such that the holes are on the bottom. Insert one of the wire strands into each hole.

  2. 2

    Attach the next highest colour panel by passing the same wire through the top holes. Once the wire is through, twist it and cut off any excess.

  3. 3

    Repeat this process with the belts in descending order until you have attached the lowest colour of belt (usually white).

Tips and warnings

  • To attach a belt to the rack, fold the belt over itself so that it is the same length as the panel. Attach it to the panel with either a rubber band or ribbon.

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