How To Tie A BJJ Belt

How To Tie A BJJ Belt:

This is how to tie a BJJ belt the easy way so it does not come undone during training.  You have TWENTY SECONDS to finish this task in competition rules!

How To Tie Your BJJ Belt
How To Tie Your BJJ Belt

Tie your belt like this and you can avoid the hassle of wasted training time, embarrassing delays, and the discriminating eyes of your classmates.

How To Tie Your BJJ Belt Steps:

  1. Grip the middle of your belt,
  2. Place the middle of your belt at your middle belt line,
  3. Double wrap both ends around to your front again, so opposite tails are pointing at each other,
  4. Lay them flat over each other in a triple sandwich,
  5. Loop your right side tail under all, and then through the back to layers, leaving a loop,
  6. Pass your left side tail into that loop, and between your second and third belt layers,
  7. Pull them snug, done…

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Why You Should Learn:

I literally watch this lesson happen once a day, or suffer some training partner shaking with fatigue struggling to reassemble himself after a rough bout with me.  Then there are the inevitable apologies and rushed, “Sorry about the wait, Professor!”

It’s not a big deal.  Honest!  It’s only frustrating when my opponent is using it as an excuse to malinger during precious training time.

In the case of tying your belt, it is a classic case of the ‘Ounce of prevention outweighing the pound of cure’.

Competitors Belt Penalties:

To ante up higher on belt-tying speed, for competitors!

You have only TWENTY SECONDS (20s) to fix your belt!  Find this specifically on Page 27 section ‘T’!

Here are the complete IBJJF 2022 competition rules, including (obviously) rules on match delays:


Pay particular attention to the STALLING penalties.  The hand signal is on page 9.  The penalties are on pages 26-27, specifically in addition to ‘T’ the additional rules ‘G’ & ‘K’ can hurt you here also.  The serious fouls covering the removal of a belt or gi to delay the match or disobeying the referee when he instructs the competitor to replace their belt.

Referees will count for only that short twenty-second time and then start issuing penalties to the stalling violator.  Which is YOU if you don’t tie your belt quickly and completely the first time you are told.

With enough penalties, the referee WILL disqualify you from the match!  Don’t waste your training time and hard-earned entry competition fees over something so simple.

How To Tie Your Belt For Storage:

You can quickly and easily tie your belts for storage, and I’ll walk you through how.

I prefer to roll my blets and keep them on a shelf.  The roll keeps the belts smaller with less air space in between and no flailing edges.  Some people like to eventually make their belts into keepsake wall hangings, so keep your edges nice and crisp.  I am considering this one:

BJJ Belt Rack
BJJ Belt Rack

Here Is How to Tie Your Belt For Storage:

Tying your belt for storage is easier than you think.

Again, I don’t use this method.  I think the roll method keeps the belts in better shape and takes up less space during storage.

Here are the belt-tying steps for storage illustrated with pictures:

1) Double over and then quarter over your belt,

1 Double over and then quarter over your belt
Double over and then quarter over your belt

2) Loop it,

2 Loop it,
Loop it,

3) Swoop it,

3 Swoop it,
Swoop it,

4) Pull.

4 Pull.

From there you can hang them, stack them, crate them, or do whatever you want with your belts to store them.

Hanger Storage:

If you are extra clever and want the bonus points, you can drop the base of the ‘U’ in step 1 over a hanger.

Then do all the rest of the steps, CAREFUL not to pull too hard on the hanger, so you don’t break your hanger.  Then when you cinch your belt tight it will bind to the hanger.

I’ve tried this.  It takes up way too much hanging space on the closet rod.  I literally tied it, hung it, and took it right back down because it was just a big, clumpy, tangle hanging there.

Roll Your Belts For Storage:

I roll my belts for storage.

I have not come to a final decision on how and when to display the belts.  But I have time, so it’s not a really high priority that needs to consume any brainpower.  They are secure in my closet, with zero threat of theft, because who wants a bunch of UNWASHED training belts?

I roll my belts with the black stripe bunting on the outside.  I want the end tab and stripes as straight and un-abused as possible.

Rolled With Stripes Out
Rolled With Stripes Out


The irony of me using Gorilla Glue on my stripes to keep them on and STILL losing them, and now fretting over the display, is not lost on me.

I just store my belts on a shelf, out of the way, and compact in their rolls:

Belts Stored on a Shelf
Belts Stored on a Shelf

Tying A BJJ Belt For Practice And Storage:

Tying your BJJ Belt for practice and storage is quick and easy when you do it right.

Like everything else, the more you tie your belt the more hardwired it is into your brain.  There are times when I consciously think about it and screw it up like five times in a row.  So instead of explaining it to someone I just tell them, ‘Follow me’, and I just tie my belt while they watch.

Yes, it’s humiliating, blah, blah, blah, don’t give me any shit about performance issues. 😉  It’s not stage fright or anything.  It’s just like asking a master carpenter, ‘How do you drive a nail’.  He will tell you, ‘You just do it’.

Practice tying your belt enough and you’ll get it too.

Keeping Your Stripes On:

If you want to know how I kept my stripes on my belts, most of the time anyway, please check out this post.

Speaking Of Practice:

I practice usually six to eight hours on the mats lately.  Plus I add about three hours of heavy weights a week as cross-training.

I have started working on focusing my training.  To do that I made a training tool for myself.  I’m using a Training Journal that allows me to capture the week’s goal, my cross-training workout, plus the critical concepts from the week’s lessons.

Because I’m a dumb-dumb-head and like to make everything hard on myself, I attend four different training curriculums, and a gereralized Saturday review class, during the six-day training week.  I do the competition class on Monday night, the fundamental class on Tuesday night, the Wednesday & Friday morning 6 a.m. class, the Thursday evening advanced class, and the Saturday Review class.

So yes, keeping all those lessons straight in my head has started to make my brain hurt!

As a Black Belt, I was literally asked by a Four Stripe Black Belt, ‘What did we do this week’ and because I had so many classes in my head I could not answer.  I went back to journaling my training after and my recall for class specifics shot up like a rocket.

I hope that helps.

The Training Journal helped me a lot.  Please give that a look next and see what you think.  Hopefully, that helps improve your learning curve and keep all the finer points in focus.

Have a great day of training!











Doug F

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