|Originally posted by Daniel Brandt
I know this sounds stupid and all but I really can┤t get my belt right... I am training Aikdio in Malm÷ and have just (finally!) bought my own training suit - the only problem is that the belt looks downright wrong... Does anyone out there know somewhere where the process is shown with pictures or something?
Here is the process I use:
1. Start with the belt on your right hip. Leave approx. the amount that be outside the knot hanging down.
2. Wrap the obi to the left. Go around twice. The second time around should be on top of the first "layer".
3. Go to the point that the original loose part comes out from under the two layers. Loop the remaining end under _both_ layers. You now have half of a square knot.
4. Adjust (it always to the left for me) till the half square knot is centered in front. Make any other necessary adjustments.
5. Use the "tails" to finish off the square knot.
If you've done this correctly, you'll have a square knot that won't jam and is open to the left in the traditional manner.
1. Place the middle of the obi centered in front.
2. Loop each end around once (at the same time).
3. At the front, cross the right side _over_ the left side and under all the layers.
4. You're back to the "half a square knot" point.
This method leave a "X" in the obi in the middle of your back.
It isn't as neat, but it leaves a wider/thinner belt in the lower back. It works better for some folks.