There are many ways to tie a belt for martial arts. The video to your right is the way in which I teach it in our olympic style taekwondo program. Please check with your instructor before using this video to learn from as your school or program may teach a different way.
In our program we use what are called double rap belts. These are belts that rap 2 times around your waist before getting tied in the front.
Some schools want your stripes on the left and some on the right. Some like the knot to be open to the left and some teach it open to the right.
What is important is that you tie the belt in the way your school would like it done in order to conform with those in your class. In martial arts, what sets us apart from each other is our skill level and what we stand for, not how we look in a cool uniform or with a belt tied differently than everyone else. This is one of the reasons everyone wears the same uniform in the same color.
Quick Reference guide
Step 1: Grab the belt!
Step 2:Find The Center
Step 3:With the belt size label facing the inside, place the center of the belt on the front of your waist.
Step 3a:Wrap the belt around your waist and bring each end behind you.
Step 4:Cross the end from your left over the end from your right in the back.
Step 4a:As you bring the belt ends around you and to the front, tuck the left end underneath.
Step 5:When you bring the two ends back to the front of your waist, cross the right over the left
Step 6:Take the end on your left side and tuck it under all layers of the belt and pull it upwards
Step 6a:Pull the end up and lay it forward
Step 7:At this point, take both ends and pull them forward to measure the lengths. Make sure they are roughly the same.
Step 8:Now flip or twist the right end to the left once.
Step 9:Now take the left end and cross it over the right end you just flipped.
Step 10:Bend the top downward and bring it behind the crossed ends and upward
Step 10a:Push the end upward
Step 10b:As that end comes up and through, grab it and bring it up
Step 11:After grabbing both ends, pull them outward to close the knot
Step 12:Now take both ends and flip them forward to help them lay down
Step 13:Pull both ends in front of you and make sure they are roughly the same length! If not loosen the knot and adjust the length till they match
Step 14:Enjoy training without your instructor making you do push-ups for not having the belt tied correctly!!!!