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Tie A Karate Belt Well To Avert Disaster At The Dojo

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Pauline Winters

Jan 17, 2010, 6:30:14 AM1/17/10
I have a five-year-old son who recently decided he wanted to take up
the art of karate. Well, as you can guess, I was thrilled that he
wanted to get involved with something that would teach him so much for
the life that lies before him. Little did I know that I too, would
have to become an expert in the ways of karate fashion!
We went through all the steps to get him signed up and get his karate
gi. Now all there was to do was await the big day when he was to start
his class. He ran around the house with his 'Sponge Bob' karate gloves
on, chopping into everything he could get his little hands on. With
his enthusiasm, he soon had the whole family getting into the spirit
of things and we all were getting anxious for the classes to start.
Well, as his big day neared, he took to wearing his gi both day and
night. He was not very good at tying knots so this quickly became a
dilemma. He would put on his uniform to fight the evildoers in the
house and I was expected to quickly tie the belt on his uniform. Then,
when he would switch back to his own personality, he again would want
a Quick Draw McGraw change of the gi. I, of course, obliged.
Well, this went on right up until the big day. When the day arrived
that he was to go to his first karate class, we all took much pride in
getting him ready for his first lesson. I helped him get dressed, all
the way down to tying the white belt around his little waist. I tied a
good strong knot to keep it on his torso and off we went.
When we arrived, he walked proudly into the room only to have some of
the other students snicker at him. I looked around to see what was
wrong and why they would be doing that. Apparently, to my surprise, I
had tied his karate belt completely wrong and it looked as if he had a
huge lump in his tummy.
It didn't matter to him, he stood there in all his glory, proud as can
One of the other kids dads gave a quick lesson on how to tie the belt
and I immediately called him over to fix the problem. I was just a bit
too late as when he turned to look at me while jumping in the air, the
top half of his gi came apart and just about fell off of him due to my
awful knot. I got him over to me as quick as possible and fixed it so
he was none the wiser. I learned that the belt should sit just above
the hip bones, for if it is in any way different, it will untie and
fall off. The ends of the belt need to be of equal lengths to make
sure that it doesn't interfere with your body parts getting caught in
it and you should make sure that the belt doesn't cross itself at the
He loves his karate classes. I love my wrestling, jujitsu and kick
boxing classes. As a family, we have it covered!

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