Are you interested in trying karate? Or have you just started but have no clue what you’re doing? (Full disclosure: None of us ever really know what we’re doing. Kidding not kidding.)

To help you out, here are some helpful videos demonstrating the most important things to know when you walk in that dojo.

How to Tie Your Uniform

The first thing you need to know is how to properly tie your uniform. Those ties can be a little confusing, so here’s a quick video to help you with this. If you prefer written instructions (with photos), you can read them here.

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How to Tie Your Belt

Now that you’ve got your uniform on, you need to tie that belt properly. This can be tricky for beginners, so to help you I’ve made a video to walk you through it. You can read the written instructions (with photos) in this article here.

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How to Soften Your New Belt

But wait, what if you put on your new belt, and the belt is so stiff that the ends stick out sideways? There are two techniques that you can try to quickly soften that stiff belt. You can read the written instructions in this article here. The following video demonstrates one of the techniques, which you can do on your own:

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How to Make a Proper Fist

And finally, now that you look the part, you’re ready to start training. Proper technique is really important, and your instructor will teach you everything you need to know. But just to give you a head start, here’s a quick lesson on how to make a proper fist for karate, so you can show up at the dojo looking like a warrior. You can read the written instructions (with photos) in this article here, or watch the following quick video:

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And that’s it! Now you know the most important things to get you started. You both look as well as feel the part, and are ready to get started on your martial arts journey. Good luck, and happy training!

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