Attire and Belt Tying
Traditional karate attire is a white cotton uniform called a gi. The gi consists of loose drawstring pants and a loose fitting double breasted jacket. A long belt is tied around the waist. The color of the belt identifies the rank of the karateka.
A gi is not required to be worn until the student has passed their first rank exam. Beginning students can train in standard athletic clothing. The apparel should be loose fitting. Male students may also choose to wear an athletic supporter. Female students should consider wearing a sports bra.
There are many ways to tie the belt you wear with your gi, most schools have a traditional way their students tie a belt. Here are the 8 steps to successfully tying your belt the ASKF way: