Meijin Shihan Karate Belt
…is designated “Premium” grade because, unlike lower quality Shihan belts from other suppliers, they have 16 red sections and 15 white. Made to a quality standard that reflects the ability and experience of those qualified to wear them.
Bright red is the most fugitive of dyes (color runs) but because chemical based red dyes tend to be neither people nor environment friendly, we chose to go with the more expensive but less “fast” traditional dyes. Hence the warning “Dry clean only!”
The higher grades among you will remember a time when the better quality uniforms had a distinct bluish tint. The chemical responsible for this finish was ultimately determined to cause skin problems, and subsequently abandoned for safer, more traditional compounds.
While we make every effort to standardize belt lengths, as they are hand made they can vary slightly. If you need a belt of a precise length, ask us when you order and we will do our best to find one that meets your requirements.
As with all our belts, these embroider beautifully, so please check our embroidery section for the designs that are available, and read this article if you need translations. We can, of course, also create custom designs.
Size 4=102”; 5=110”; 6=118”; 7=126”; 8=134”; 9=142”.