When I recently wrote a gi review and mentioned that I thought all my gi skirts were too long on me, my good online buddy Andre, who writes the Portuguese White Belt blog, pointed out that I seemed to prefer to tie my belt above my iliac crest (hip bones) whilst other folk prefered to tie theirs around their iliac. I had never really given it much thought before. Surely one would tie their belt around the narrowest portion of their body? Obviously not.
Well, what I did was to Photoshop a picture of myself with various belt height configurations. As you can see, it also turns into a handy cool guide for how to wear your BJJ belt:
And, as further proof, here's a few more famous low slung belt wearers you may know...
|Roger Gracie and Victor Estima rocking the newly formed Masaru Fight co BJJ Kimono, which I'll be reviewing at some point very soon.|
|Andre Galvao rocking a low slung belt on a Storm gi - coincidentally, a gi I also will be reviewing soon|
The upshot of this is that for the first time ever, I am sucumbing to vanity and have begun tying my belt lower. It feels really weird. Like the belt is going to slip downwards or fall apart easier. I literally feel like my trousers are falling down. Having said that, the belt doesn't seem to come undone any more than when I tied it above the hi bone, so I guess I'll soon get used to it.
So how do you wear your belt?