A well-tied belt is an important part of any taekwondo uniform. It not only keeps the dobok in place but also serves as a symbol of the practitioner’s rank and skill level.
It is important to learn the correct way to tie a taekwondo belt because incorrectly tied belts can cause discomfort and lead to injury during training. In this article we will be going to show you how to tie your belt correctly so that you can avoid any inconvenience during class and focus on your martial arts training.
Begin by placing the belt around your waist, bringing both ends together in the back to form a cross. Place the left end over the right, then push up through the loop you created and pull both ends horizontally to tighten. Ensure that the crossed area is at your navel and that both ends are evenly spaced.
You should also avoid fidgeting with your belt during class. This can be a distraction and cause you to lose your balance during training. If your belt comes loose during class, excuse yourself and retie it.
Taekwondo belts are usually made of a thick, durable material like cotton or a cotton-polyester blend. They often feature a color that represents the martial art’s rank, and some belts have the practitioner’s name or their school’s name embroidered on them. Some belts also have stripes that indicate the progress of the practitioner’s training. The progression generally begins with white (beginner) and moves through yellow, green, blue, red, and black (black belt). Some also have stripes that indicate the number of gradings you have passed.