How to Tie Your Gi Belt

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A BJJ belt is a sign of success for a person who has it around their gi. To properly display your rank in the martial art of BJJ, you must correctly tie this belt. There are several different methods to tie your gi belt in BJJ, each with its own set of benefits. In this article, we’ll show you how to tie your gi belt so that it stays taut and safe during training or competition.

How to Tie Your Gi Belt

Regardless of the knot you choose, there are three phases to tie your belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Take the belt in your hands and pull it toward you. This will tighten the belt.

It’s critical that you tie your belt correctly if you have logos or embroidery on it. This is so that when you compete or practice, you appear more professional.

Make a loop with the belt and wrap it around your waist two times.

To ensure that your gi belt stays put while rolling, you must wrap it around yourself twice. If you can’t do this, it’s an indication that your jiu-jitsu belt is too constricting for you.

There are different ways to tie your belt. You can use the knot that you prefer. (See the knot options below.)

After you’ve wrapped the belt around your waist, you should tie it in a knot. You may choose from a variety of knots to tie your gi belt, which we go through below.

There are four different ways to tie your belt for Jiu Jitsu.

In Brazilian jiu jitsu, there are several different methods to tie your belt. Each option has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Here are four of the most frequent methods for tying your belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and other martial arts.


There are several methods to tie your belt in BJJ, but the most popular is to use one knot that links all of the belt’s parts around your waist. Rener Gracie explains this method in the video below. The advantage of this knot is that it stays on well during sparring. It’s also how I tie my belt.

Quick and Dirty

There are two quick ways to tie your belt. The first is the same method you use to tie your shoes: make a double knot. The second is to simply tie it in a hurry, but this method comes undone more easily and doesn’t look as nice. I frequently do this when we line up at the end of class, and I’m one of the last ones who need to fasten their belt.

Super Lock Hollywood Knot

The superlock hollywood knot is similar to the conventional technique, but you make sure that the two belt layers are absolutely on top of each other. Wrap one end of the belt around your waist and wrap it twice around yourself. Make certain that at the end of the loop, you wrap the belt around itself. As shown in the video, if you tie the belt like this,

Old School

The traditional method of fastening your Brazilian jiu-jitsu belt differs significantly from the way we do it now. They would simply tie one line of the belt only, leaving the other free. We always wrap the two lines of belt around each other in this manner to keep them together. In Relson Gracie’s video below, you can see how to tie your belt in this manner.

Troubleshooting how to tie your BJJ Belt

If you’re having difficulty tying your Jiu-Jitsu belt, there are a few things you can try. There are several typical issues that might be preventing you from tying your belt. I’ll go through some of the most prevalent difficulties and how to fix them now.

Your Gi Belt is Too Long

When you’re wearing a gi uniform, it’s difficult to tie your belt because there will be too much extra belt hanging down. Shrinking the belt in the wash is one solution. If you tie your belt three times instead of two, it may work. If the belt is excessively lengthy but not long enough to wrap three times around your waist, you may choose between wrapping it once and accepting that discomfort or purchasing a smaller-sized gi belt.

Your Gi Belt is Too Short

There are a few methods for repairing a belt that is too short. If the belt is an inch or two shorter, you may simply tie it any way you choose and have shorter ends emerging from your knot. nIf the belt is really short, instead of twice, wrap it around your body once before tying it. You’ll notice that it comes off quickly then and isn’t attractive, so perhaps you should purchase a new gi belt in your size.

The Gi Belt is Too Stiff

If your belt is too rigid, you may relax it by folding over the extra belt. You can also buy a thinner belt. Keep in mind that a brand new gi belt will typically be firm and difficult to knot correctly.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to tie your Jiu Jitsu belt. As you can see, there are many different ways to tie your belt depending on what you need it for. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will be sure to get back to you. Thanks for reading!

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