Topic 6 - How to tie the belt

Please take a look at these following written steps - and photos - to understand how the properly tie the belt used in Korean Traditional Archery.

 

1. Hold the belt with the pocket end in your right hand. The open end of the

belt will be in your left hand, and it will hang down much further.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Wrap the belt around your backside, again holding the excess length in

your left hand.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bring the belt around your front, crossing over the pocket end of the belt. At this point, you can hold the excess length of belt in your right hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Wrap the open length of belt around the pocket end of the belt one time, as though you were beginning to tie a knot.This single loop can be quite close to the pocket end of the belt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Make an open loop with your right hand with the remaining length of belt. This is the beginning of a slip knot. With your left hand, pass some of the belt through the loop so that it sticks out the the other side the loop, leaving enough belt exposed to create a genuine slip knot. (This tail - the open end of the belt - is what you will pull to release the slip knot and remove the belt.)

 

 

 

 

 

6. Adjusting the knot. Ideally, you want to have a small loop in your right hand, and also the open end of the belt in your left hand. The two parts should balance out, and will need adjusting depending on your waist size, and the tightness of your belt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. I have now tightened my belt, and am pulling the open end of the belt back to meet up with the pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. When you are finished, the two ends of the belt will ideally be flush with one another, and you will have a small to medium-sized loop on the other side of the slip knot. After you have tied your belt in this way, slide it to your backside. This is how a belt is typically worn in Korean Traditional Archery. You can now use your belt to hold your arrows if you choose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Insert your arrows as shown, starting in the downward direction. In Korean Traditional Archery, arrows are usually grouped in sets of five. If you are using pointed arrows, take care not to puncture or damage your belt. These arrows are blunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. To easily and securely hold your arrows in place, you must twist then into your belt one full rotation, as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Your arrows are now secure in place, easy to retrieve, and you can position them to your side, so as to not interfere with your drawing motion! Please keep in mind that all of these instructions are given for a right-handed person. If you are left-handed, you can easily reverse the operations and substitute these instructions by following the motions with your rights and lefts reversed. If you are drawing the bow with your right hand - as I do - then you will be storing your arrows on your right side. In this way, the arrows will not interfere with your bow. If you are left-handed and draw the bow with your left hand, your must store your arrows on your left side, so as to avoid the same problem. Thank you to Mr. Smith for suggesting I post this information. I hope it is clear and helpful!! ^^