How To Tie A Karate Belt

Seven step direc­tions to tying your karate belt. Click on the pic­tures to view larger sizes.

In each of the fol­low­ing steps, “tag” refers to the piece of mate­r­ial sewn onto the end of a White belt (on one side) by the man­u­fac­turer. As you (or your child) progress in belt rank, the karate belts will not have a tag. Instead, your karate belt will be “striped” with col­ored tape. Stripes of red tape (for P.T. week) and Black tape (for atten­dance) will be added to the left side of the belt (same side the tag was located). Col­ored (rank) tape indi­cat­ing the next belt level will be added to the right side of the belt. Just remem­ber, “Rank on Right” — when your karate belt is tied, the col­ored “rank” tape should be on your right side.

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How to Tie a Karate Belt Step 1
Step 1

With the belt hang­ing in front of you and the tag of the belt on your right side. (tag on your right)

How to Tie a Karate Belt Step 2
Step 2

Wrap the belt around you bring­ing the ends around to your front. Make sure ends are even. (tag on your left)

How to Tie a Karate Belt Step 3
Step 3

Over­lap the ends keep­ing the end with the tag on top. (tag on your right)

How to Tie a Karate Belt Step 4
Step 4

With­out twist­ing the belt, tuck the tag end under the belt and pull both ends tight. (tag on your right)

How to Tie a Karate Belt Step 5
Step 5

Bend the left end up and make a loop, then flip the tag end over the top (tag on your left)

How to Tie a Karate Belt Step 6
Step 6

Tuck the tag end through the loop you just made with the other and pull tight. (tag on your left)

How to Tie a Karate Belt Step 7
Step 7

The fin­ished knot should look like a for­tune cookie. (tag on your left)

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