Tying an Obi (Belt) Musubi (Knot)
Obi are worn with several martial arts uniforms. They are typically thick cotton, about five centimetres (two inches) wide, often corresponding by colour to the wearer's rank in his or her school or sport. The usual range is from white belt for beginners to black for experienced practitioners. The highest ranks in some styles will wear a gold obi, or one with alternating red and white sections. They are tied one or more times around the waist and secured in a knot in the back or front.
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Updated: Friday, 10 September 2010