How to Tie a Jiu-Jitsu Belt?

The Jiu-Jitsu belt is the most significant part of the gi (uniform) and helps to hold the uniform together during practice and training. Jiu-jitsu practitioners wear belts of different colors around their waists, allotted by their professors to symbolize their rank. When properly bound, it looks neat and honors the system and the instructor who delivered it. It looks sloppy when not tied up properly and dishonors the system from which you achieved that rank. Keep reading to learn what are the best ways to tie a jiu-jitsu belt.

What is Jiu-jitsu?

The word jiu-jitsu means gentle art. It derives from the Japanese word Ju meaning gentle, and Jutsu means art. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, commonly called BJJ, is a self-defense martial skill and fighting sport that includes grappling and ground combat.

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What is gi:

A gi is a type of uniform or dresses that Jiu-Jitsu players wear. It consists of a heavy cotton jacket and pants that protect the wearer from submissions and throws and a belt that carries the uniform together.

Methods to tie a Jiu-Jitsu belt:

Jiu-jitsu belts are no different from traditional martial arts belts. A jiu-jitsu practitioner must learn how to tie a jiu-jitsu belt before stepping onto the mat for the first time.

There is no single correct way of doing the knot, but three are the most common of several methods.

How to tie a jiu-jitsu belt? Basic knot:

  1. Place the belt evenly between your hip bone and belly button. Adjust the straps, so the ends are of the same length. Make sure the label on the band faces outwards.
  2. Close your jacket, left to right, so the logo at the bottom of the lapel will be visible.
  3. Pull the belt close to your body as you cross your sides at the back.
  4. Bring both ends of the belt out in front of you. Adjust the straps as needed so that both ends are equal in length.
  5. Cross the right strap over the left. The side of the belt on the right will now be in your left hand. Likewise, the side of the belt on the left will now be in your right hand.
  6. Pull the top tail of the belt down all the layers of the belt around your waist. Make it go in at the bottom and come out at the top.
  7. Loop the bottom tail of the belt in your right hand around the other belt and thread through the gap formed by the intersection of the two bands. Form a knot by taking one end in each hand and pulling the sides away from one another tightly.


How to tie a jiu-jitsu belt? BJJ knot:

The BJJ knot is frequently used in competitions. It’s a very tight knot and hard to undo. This method is the same as a basic knot but differs in the looping part.

  1. Close your jacket from left to right.
  2. Find the middle point of the belt going around your waist and to your back, then coming to the front.
  3. To loop both ends, cross the left side of your belt over the right, and then pull it under all layers until it reaches back out of the top.
  4. Make a loop by passing the original left side of the belt through the first layer of the right side of the belt and leaving it loose.
  5. Finally, pass the bottom side of the belt tail through this loop to form a fortune cookie shape.

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How to tie a jiu-jitsu belt? karate knot or Taekwondo knot:

  1. To create karate style knot, close your jacket, left to right.
  2. Hold one end of the Jiu-Jitsu belt at the hip and place it on the left side.
  3. Then take the other end of the belt and wrap it around your waist two times. No overlapping of bands occurs at the backside in this style.
  4. Cross the left side of the belt over the right side of the belt. Doing this will create a small gap between the two bands.
  5. Make a lockdown by passing the right side of the belt and through the gap you’ve created.
  6. Finally, make a knot by pulling both tails of the belt apart. This knot extends flat to the stomach, and both ends swing downwards instead of honing up. You’re ready to go now.


There are many ways to tie a jiu-jitsu (BJJ) belt, but the best way is to wear it comfortably. Whatever method you use to tie your belt, you don’t have to worry about slack in your belt.

Just focus on improving your skills and keep your belts and knots tight, so they don’t lose during exercise.

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