I do appreciate your karate aspects! Same way knowing I can defend myself in 99% of the situations life throws at me gives me inner piece. Greetings, And therefore I will ask you guys if you have an opinion. To which I reply, "Your mom isn't in karate - you are. A close up of how the knot looks when complete would be great - 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. (Women might have a legitimate claim to exception here.) by Karateka. It's all about the basics. Then plain black belt that looked like he just ironed it came out. Keep in mind that Funakoshi made many changes to things in order to "market" Karate to the Japanese sensibilities. In the 30s there was a big push by the Okinawans to get Karate to be accepted by the Japanese martial art community. 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. If you want them to pay attention to detail, then tell them often pay attention to detail. Except you can't say "ok, fat people work on this kata, and short people work on that kata". 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. Done right the know sits flat and looks tidy. Alan. Locate the middle of your tae kwon do belt. Mark, , perhaps therapy would be more helpful to you in the long run to help you overcome your anal retentiveness? how to fold a karate belt Before class I put the gi on my bed to fold - no problem. This act symbolizes the importance of balance – both spiritual, technical and physical (known in Japanese as ‘Shin Gi Tai’) – but also that excellence in Karate can only be achieved when physical training is balanced with theoretical studies. I was told by a 10th Dan from Okinawa, that is was hugely disrespectful to wear your belt with it Crossing at the back! 09:04. So... remind me again why it is we are turning away? I supose I both agree with you and disagree, lol. As the belt is earned I think it should be shown the respect, thus having a clean look to it. ... My child will be going away for one or two weeks and I want to make sure I don’t pay for those classes. How not to tie your belt: Is it necessary? 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? first of all, these belts are a lot longer than people think. Hi, Jesse. He said, " I'm a Martial Arts Teacher, not a Martial Arts Preacher." I really don't get that upset and I always tie belts with smile but sometimes I do wish we could spend an entire class having the students tie their belts 100 times. Unfold the belt and hold the middle. it's a bit hard to see in that final image. Consult with O'Sensei or Shihan for advisement and "challenge" your karate development physically and mentally will make you a better person. Thank you to Sensei Helen, Debbie and our amazing karate kids for featuring in this video. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer…. 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 also start in the middle, but first put one end around and than the other. At the same time, the legitimate purposes of same as I have outlined can be used to manipulate or deceptively market a commercial product. There are practical arguments to the mysticism: The x or wrap, as would allow a sword to be properly held. That is the method we teach at our school. But AFTER I wrap it and just before tying, i will put the two ends together putting the belt ends away from me then run my hand back down the belt to find where the centre of the knot should be, tie it then position the knot by sliding the belt.. By tying the knot tightly we are reminded of the importance in tightening our resolve in all matters, fortifying our spirit (Jpn. Your views were well articulated... IMO. SHOTOKAN, YANDAN. You are correct, "obi" is originally the name of the sash that wraps a kimono. Its best not to judge too harshly, or to vocally, about these differences. Karate was to defend yourself or others pure and simple. If I'm competing I will use the lock method. Belt Tying Video #2: Check out this fun video and learn how to tie your karate belt in minutes. To tie on your karate belt, begin by finding the center of the belt and putting it over your navel. Funakoshi of course was a big proponent of this as were many others. The initial reason for tying the belt was to keep your sword secured against your armor. Jesse...I've tied obi's so many different ways I finally settled on one. 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:-(). 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. 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? But I could just be mistaken, for I'm just a young pup. 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. Related videos 9,301 0. Maybe I could create a new technique called beltwaza or something. (tag on your right) . Bring the belt to the front again – because what goes around comes around. I sm just curious why can't you have a class where you work on tying you belt for a chunk of class? . I prefer no x in the back, the obi should appear as one line going around the waist in my tradition. 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. STEP 1: Start by holding the label end of the belt across your stomach, in front of you with your right hand. Osu! Is it too showy? It took me six years to get a black belt. Probably not. The 1940s is well within the modern era when many changes were taking place. You could just start in the middle and wrap both sides individually, but have to remember to tuck one side under the other when you get the two ends behind you to maintain the look of doing it the original way. Everything that's wrong about traditionalism is right there in that sentence. Wrap the other end of the belt behind you and around your waist. Especially when a child is in karate, displaying these belts offers feelings of accomplishment and pride that can help improve his self-esteem. It should be done neatly out of self respect and respect to your art. Perhaps the simplest illustration would be to say that like tying a belt, traditional karate is not just about physically punching & kicking according to the textbook teaching. In this how-to video, Mark Denino will show you how to tie a karate belt tightly and safely onto a child. 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. Remember that the masters of Te didn't practice in what we called gi today. 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. Changing it asap. 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. This designated a specific level of LICENSURE for that warrior and his training path. It is really a matter of preference as to what is best, but the elastic waist is typically easier to maintain and use, so it is recommended for kids. The waist of the pants can be secured with a traditional tie strap that loops through like a belt or a more modern style elastic waist with a tie string similar to sweat pants. @jesse wow I've never heard of that before, thanks for telling. If I don't take pride in my training then no-one else will. Also, I believe the practical reason that some sensei prefer the belt crossed in the back is to eliminate having the bulk of two layers of belt stacked up against your lower spine, which can be hazardous if you do throws, rolls, groundwork, etc. Today we generally translate it to "belt" though. 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. Sorta like Basketball is basukettobooru. All this nonsense symbolism is just designed to make the training seem like more than it is, and most of it is complete BS. I don't disagree with what you said, but I'll be bold enough to express you didn't quite understand the context in which I said the above quote. We always turn away from shomen to adjust our gi or obi as a sign of respect. Maybe I should buy a Seishin Kuro Obi?!?!?!?! No, for me, this is utter nonsense too. It doesn't - this is just made up mysticism. That symbolism is all "made up" by well intentioned people who want there to be something where there is not. 09.04.2013. Go team! About belt colors: back in the day in Japan (Pre-war and the immediate years post-War), there were no ready made belts, in fact there were no ready made do-gi. I have been doing karate for about seven years. @Christer I have tied it that way since and find it sits better and is more comfortable. Wrap the belt around you, crossing over in the back, and bringing the ends around to your front. Take the other end cross them over. LOL! Hmmm, methinks another myth here. This concept is known as ‘Bun Bu Ryo Do’; literary study and physical practice are united in the ‘Way‘. Knowing from day one you earned your way by demonstrating your ability to apply knowledge. You CAN say "blue belts work on this kata, and brown belts work on that kata." How come no one's mentioned the rest of the belt crap? I don't believe in the mysticism, spiritualism, etc either. The next is the hole in the knot must face left (of who? This is done by placing the middle of the belt below your navel. What perspectives about the Obi and mine to follow !I'm not suprised about the differences portrayed in the blog. For example in the letter written by Anko Itosu to the Japanese minastry of war and education he starts off by saying karate is not connected with buddism or shintoism. You have a bunch of people talking about one of the most basic things in martial arts and you made tying a belt interesting. Skills & techniques are taught that are designed to maim or kill opponents. 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. even as far back as the 1940s and beyond Karate was developing into a "Do" a way of life. I have learned how to tie my belt with no twist and over lapping. Honestly weather they cross in the back or not doesn't bother me a bit. This "Teach How" video is applicable to Karate, Judo & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Karate belt tying can be a complicated, time consuming procedure. While on a personal level I am very philosophic and spiritual I think it wrong that I should portray my own beliefs to my students as a part of the art. So, both practical and moral principles were embodied in the art. Two-Wrap Method 1. Karate does not make you a good person, you are already a good person. To be honest, I too am not fussed how they tie them, provided they a presentable, evenly hung and stayed knotted throughout training. You might also ask why some karateka feel this desperate need to adhere to fabricated ritual. So its stored flat and about a foot long.) Tying the belt and how to do so is a practical matter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROwtw3d1a3c, I love how the belt represents all these cool things, like the balance and the colors!! If I tell you that the fibres represent the threads of your destiny, and the length is the river of your life, it all sounds very clever, but a belt is just a piece of heavy duty cloth designed to hold our gi closed - everything else is just different people making stuff up to make it seem more special. Hundreds or maybe thousands by now. I think if you were wearing a kimono, and your zipper needed zipping (oops, your belt needing adjusting) then you should, out of politeness, turn away so as not to expose your genitalia. 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: He says that the day before they took the bus to report for internment, someone wrote JAP on the front door of their house. I am Retired U.S. military and satationed in the orient more than half my life. I've read in a comment above that the belt should be just below the umbilical to be a reminder that Karate empowers you with the unique skill to give, receive and end life. Make sure the belt is snug the whole time. 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: Karate Passports. example: 5th dans failing tests for 6th Dan or Master. Steve Barth- it seems we come from the same karate make-up or hard Japanese disciplined standard. Pull both ends to tighten the knot. I have had the opportunity to discuss "spiritualism" with 4 Okinawan Kobudo teachers and all have said the same thing. Karate Matrix. 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. Then I will present you with your obi in front of the entire school and your family. So for me, that urban legend is out. I find this discussion rather fascinating. This reminds you that what goes on behind your back can go on under your nose too. Far too many karateka are excruciatingly precious about any challenge to their world view, which is all too often made up from half truths, myths and outright lies. "Jap" is a racial slur that has an ugly history in the United States. 3 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). Within that technical lesson, is another lesson on how the method & approach to tying the belt also presents & reinforces some important, foundation principles of the traditional karates. I don't like crossing the belt in the back but that is a personal preference. ‘kaizen‘). If you want your students to watch their backs, tell them often to watch their backs. 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. Attitude adjustments will develop as they progress in karate, if they have a Master who deeply administers respectful speech, customs and actions etc. I didn't realize it was one of those "Why do firemen wear red suspenders" questions. I tie mine judo style when I do not want it coming undone. Keep the kick ass content coming brudda. The fact that there are so many differences of opinion on exactly HOW to tie a belt and why, reveals this for the joke it is. We put our belts on off the dojo floor but can be done however you wish (doesn't have to be done kneeling but some choose to as that was their practise at previous dojo). If karateka want to focus on practicality... that's a good thing. 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. Hi Jesse, Stay in the dojo and grow spiritually ! Finally parents you now have a video tutorial showing you how to tie your child's karate belt. I know many of the students I work with are young but even some adults have belt issues. Okinawan Karate was developed as a practical fighting method, period. 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. The method presented in this article (crossing behind your back) is the traditional way of tying the karate belt. Martial arts guys never get set in their ways either. Take the middle of the belt and place it on their belly. The method I use is very similar but there is no X in back (it's all stream lined). By the way, if you start from the left, you're telling everybody that you're going to be lazy that day, if you do it from the right, you're saying that you're gonna give over 100%, at least that's how we do it. 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