Ask any jiu-jitsu practitioner, and I bet they have a story of their first class as a white belt, of wearing their gi for the first time, or rolling with their first partner. They likely remember learning to tie their belt as well. At the top of the class and after rolling on the mats, my first instructor would remind us to straighten our gis and make sure our belts were tied every single time we lined up. I understood it to be practical and respectful of myself and those around me. I struggled at first with tying my belt. Fortunately, senior students and coaches are always willing to help. Dedicate a few minutes now to learn this humble but important skill so that you can stay focused on what matters: training.
Check out these six simple steps:
Step 1: Hold the belt by the middle and place it in front of your stomach.
Step 2: Wrap both ends around behind your back and bring them to the front again.
Step 3: Take the left-hand tail and wrap it downward around both strands of the belt, then pull it up behind.
Step 4: Fold the left-hand tail towards the left.
Step 5: Bring the right-hand tail up in front of the left-hand tail, and pull it down between the left-hand tail and the belt.
Step 6: Pull tight!
And finally, remember, it is always fine to ask your coach or another more advanced student for help with tying your belt. Like everything else in jiu-jitsu, this is a skill that takes practice to learn. Keep practicing every day and soon you will be able to tie your belt quickly and easily!
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