Leah shows her method for tying taekwondo belts
Tying taekwondo belts can be a bit tricky at first.
It's hard to get the knot right. And the ends the same length. And to get the belt tight enough so it doesn't fall off during training!
In this series of photos we show Leah tying her belt. We hope her method helps you!
Oh and just a reminder. If you need to adjust your belt during class. It's important to turn towards the back of the dojang. So you face away from your instructor.
Leah starts by placing one end of the belt in the middle of her back at waist level.
Then she wraps the belt round and round her waist. Not too tight. Just so it's comfortable.
And if we look at Leah's back now. You should be able to push the end at the back downwards like this.
Now Leah takes the top layer. Which is the last part she wrapped round. And brings it underneath the whole belt and out at the top.
Now if you bring the end that was at the back down and forwards. You should end up with something that looks like this.
At this stage it's good to check that the ends are the same length. And to move tying area round to the front if you need to.
OK. So now Leah brings the top end over the bottom end.
And brings it up through the middle of the loop.
And pulls the ends tight.
And that's it.
Maybe tying taekwondo belts is not that tricky after all!
We want you to notice the knot. We think it looks a bit like a flower. If your belt knot looks like the knot of a man's tie. Then it's not right.
To get the knot really tight we find it best to do a series of sharp tugs on both ends of the belt. That helps to stop it from coming undone when we're leaping around!