Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

How to tie an obi belt?

An obi (literally 'sash') is a Japanese accessory which forms part of traditional Japanese kimono dress, and is usually encountered in the West as part of a martial arts outfit.


Step one
These obis are usually made of thick cotton and are about five cm wide.
In many martial arts, the colour of a student's obi signifies the level of attainment which they have reached. Firstly, find the centre of the obi belt by folding it in half, then centre the belt on your stomach with the label on your left.
Next, place the centre of the belt across your abdomen with both ends hanging down towards the floor.


Step two
Next, wrap the obi belt around your waist, keeping the centre of the belt flat against your abdomen.
It is important to keep the two ends of the belt at equal lengths.


Step three
Cross the belt behind your back.
Keeping the obi flat and free from twists, wrap the two ends to the opposite sides once they have crossed on your back.


Step four
Wrap both sides of the obi around your waist and return to the front.
Smooth the belt out so that it lies flat against your sides like a belt made of two layers.


Step five
Cross the obi round at the front, wrapping it over so that it remains flat and doubled up. The left side of the belt will now be the inside layer, which should be lying flat against your abdomen.
The right side will be the outside layer, which should now be lying flat against the layer beneath it.


Step six
Now wrap the outer layer of the belt under the others.
Wrap the end which originates on the right side of your body under the other two layers, against your abdomen. Now pull it straight up and out of the top of your obi.


Step seven
Pull the two ends of the belt diagonally apart.


Step eight
Next, take the end of the sash which is coming out of the top left and bend it down over the right side. Then, take the end which is coming out of the top right and pull it over to the centre.


Step nine
Loop the bottom end around the top end.
Then, take the end at the bottom and loop it through the other end.
Continue the loop under the other end, then up, over and back down through the loop that it has formed with the rest of the obi against your waist.


Step ten
To complete the process, adjust the two ends so that they are the same length before pulling the ends to tighten the knot.

Same category articles Combat sports

All about: David Von Erich

All about: David Von Erich

David Von Erich was an American professional wrestler, who was widely known as the 'Yellow Rose of Texas' when he was competing in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was the son of Fritz von Erich, and a part of the famed American wrestling Von Erich family, whose real name was Adkisson. This article is all about the life and career of David Von Erich.
Advantages of Harbringer gloves

Advantages of Harbringer gloves

Harbringer gloves which are generally called Harbinger gloves are professional gloves for fitness training and championship bouts in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts.) A MMA glove is made in such a manner as to provide protection both to the wearer and to his or her opponent. This article details the advantages of Harbringer gloves.
All about: Sting, the wrestler

All about: Sting, the wrestler

Sting is a wrestler who has competed within the wrestling promotions, WCW (World Championship Wrestling) and TNA (Total Non-Stop Action). He is portrayed as Steve Borden (born on 20.03.59). This article outlines all that there is to know about Sting, the wrestler.