Essentially used as partner training ‘tool’ the karate belt is used both as a target for various strikes and blocks as well as a source for resistance training which directly mimics karate techniques. Even head butts and grabbing techniques can be practised, and most importantly the application of correct breathing is emphasised and honed in the process of overcoming the resistance of the belt.
When used to introduce resistance the training partner should added resistance on the belt such that the execution of techniques by the karateka is increasingly difficult (but not impossible). The emphasis is to build strength and develop muscles through repetition.

When used for striking, the belt allows the karateka to strike through the target and to withdraw back to fighting stance with equal or greater speed. When executed effectively the karateka can generate a ‘snap’ into the belt as feedback on the speed and accuracy of the technique.

Examples of the various exercises and partner work performed with the karate belt can be found in the book 'Fighting Strength - Effective Power Training for Combat' available from Mona Books at: