Black Belt Magazine Rankings

The Official Black Belt Magazine World Sport Karate Rankings have been created by a committee with the consideration of major leagues including but not limited to the ISKA, WAKO, NASKA, and WKC. In the adult sparring divisions, pay-per-view events like Virtual Fight Tour and Pro Point are also considered. These rankings do not impact seeding in any of the aforementioned leagues, and are intended to highlight amazing athletes and generate positive sport karate discussion.

Most Recent Update - August 16, 2022

The rankings have been updated once again following the U.S. Capitol Classics, and this will be the final update until after the Diamond Nationals in October. The defending ISKA world champions are still listed above the active rankings, and this format will remain until the next U.S. Open. There have not been any updates to the structure of the active rankings. Per the July 7th update, the junior point fighting rankings are no longer arbitrary and simply list the grand champions and open weight winners from the last major tournament before the update.

Previous Update - July 7, 2022

Black Belt Magazine has partnered with ISKA from the inception of these rankings, and as such the ISKA World Champions from the U.S. Open hold a special champion's position above the active rankings. The majority of the champions were determined in the coveted Night of Champions. There were a few divisions that were not featured in the Night of Champions, and in those cases the NASKA grand champion from the daytime eliminations was awarded the unofficial title. These divisions include youth forms and weapons, men's divisional sparring, women's sparring, and all of the senior divisions.

Another update for this edition of the rankings is the format used for recognized junior point fighters. Instead of trying to list all the talented fighters in this division, the committee has decided to use the objective measure of featuring the Grand Champion and Open Weight winners from the most recent NASKA world tour event. The ages of these competitors range from 10 to 17.

The Defending U.S. Open ISKA World Champions:

Men's Weapons

Jake Presley

Women's Weapons

Haley Glass

Men's CMX Forms

Jake Presley

Women's CMX Forms

Haley Glass

Men's Traditional Forms

Joey Castro

Women's Traditional Forms

Gabrielle Rudolph

Men's Lightweight Fighting

Kevin Walker

Men's Heavyweight Fighting

Avery Plowden

Men's Open Weight Fighting

Avery Plowden

Women's Fighting

Melanie Ortiz

Junior Boys' CMX Weapons

Esteban Tremblay

Junior Girls' CMX Weapons

Averi Presley

Junior Traditional Weapons

Madison Magnotta

Junior Traditional Forms

Sofia Rodriguez Florez

Junior Boys' CMX Forms

Esteban Tremblay

Junior Girls' CMX Forms

Alyss Groce

Youth Boys' Weapons

Dax Howland

Youth Girls' Weapons

Isabella Nicoli

Youth Boys' Forms

Michael Molina

Youth Girls' Forms

Isabella Nicoli

Senior Men's Weapons

Samuel Diaz III

Senior Men's Forms

Joey Castro

Senior Men's Fighting

Yoskar Gamez

Senior Women's Forms & Weapons

Melanie Strauss

Synchronized Weapons

Team Paul Mitchell

Synchronized Forms

DG and Pia

Team Demonstration

Team Competitive Edge

Men's Team Fighting

Team PMF

Active World Black Belt Rankings

Men's CMX Weapons

  1. Jake Presley
  2. Dawson Holt
  3. Alex Mancillas
  4. Rashad Eugene
  5. Connor Chasteen

Men's Traditional Weapons

  1. Jake Presley
  2. Dawson Holt
  3. Alec Jahanvash
  4. Samuel Diaz III
  5. Joey Castro

Women's CMX Weapons

  1. Haley Glass
  2. Sara Campbell
  3. Kaelyn Kowalski
  4. Solange Olivier
  5. Kaitlyn Vong

Women's Traditional Weapons

  1. Haley Glass
  2. Sara Campbell
  3. Rose Rhéaume
  4. Laine Barrett
  5. Amber Rutherford

Men's CMX Forms

  1. Salef Celiz
  2. Jake Presley
  3. Dawson Holt
  4. Diego Rodriguez Florez
  5. Shaquan Parson

Men's Traditional Forms

  1. Mason Stowell
  2. Joey Castro
  3. Diego Rodriguez Florez
  4. Jeff Doss
  5. William Smart

Women's CMX Forms

  1. Haley Glass
  2. Noell Jellison
  3. Solange Olivier
  4. Julia Moreci Guanzon
  5. Kaitlyn Vong

Women's Traditional Forms

  1. Gabrielle Rudolph
  2. Kaelyn Kowalski
  3. Rose Rhéaume
  4. Amber Rutherford
  5. Ana Lucia Conde

Men's Lightweight Fighting

  1. Bailey Murphy
  2. Jack Felton
  3. Tyson Wray
  4. Tyreeke Saint
  5. Kevin Walker

Men's Heavyweight Fighting

  1. Kameren Dawson
  2. Avery Plowden
  3. Elijah Everill
  4. Kristhian Rivas
  5. Brayan Rodriguez

Men's Open Weight Fighting

  1. Avery Plowden
  2. Bailey Murphy
  3. Jack Felton
  4. Tyson Wray
  5. Anatoli Kuschnir

Women's Fighting

  1. Morgan Plowden
  2. Ki'Tana Everett
  3. Melanie Ortiz & Anne-Sara Cayer TIE
  4. Francesca Ceci
  5. Dani Auberger

Synchronized Weapons

  1. Ben Jones & Esteban Tremblay
  2. Alessandra Alinea & Shane Billow
  3. Kodi & Michael Molina

Synchronized Forms

  1. Dawson Holt & Ben Jones
  2. Diego & Sofia Rodriguez Florez
  3. Salef Celiz, Colin OBrien & Joe Troia

Team Demonstration

  1. Team Infinity
  2. Team Competitive Edge
  3. Team Freestyle
  4. Florida Sport Martial Arts Academy
  5. Team Leclerc

Team Fighting

  1. Team All Stars
  2. Top Ten Team USA
  3. Team Dojo Elite
  4. Team Straight Up
  5. Team Diamond G3

Junior Boys' CMX Weapons

  1. Esteban Tremblay
  2. Ben Jones
  3. Phillip Brumme
  4. Mason Bumba
  5. Jackson Hensley

Junior Boys' Traditional Weapons

  1. Shane Billow
  2. Esteban Tremblay
  3. Ben Jones
  4. Noah Sansait
  5. Brayden Seitz

Junior Girls' CMX Weapons

  1. Averi Presley
  2. Anna Beth Hedgepeth
  3. Samantha Mitling
  4. Alyss Groce
  5. Sofia Rodriguez Florez

Junior Girls' Traditional Weapons

  1. Madison Magnotta
  2. Katelyn McMillan
  3. Averi Presley
  4. Alessandra Alinea
  5. Sofia Rodriguez Florez

Junior Boys' CMX Forms

  1. Esteban Tremblay
  2. Phillip Brumme
  3. Shane Billow
  4. Jonah Meshell
  5. Matthew Shamet

Junior Boys' Traditional Forms

  1. Shane Billow
  2. Luca Ricotti
  3. Phillip Brumme
  4. Matthew Gruitia
  5. Isaac Welk

Junior Girls' CMX Forms

  1. Alyss Groce
  2. Averi Presley
  3. Anna Beth Hedgepeth
  4. Maddy Kennaway
  5. Sofia Rodriguez Florez

Junior Girls' Traditional Forms

  1. Sofia Rodriguez Florez
  2. Maddy Kennaway
  3. Katelyn McMillan
  4. Alessandra Alinea
  5. Logan Goodman

Junior Boys' Fighting - Featured Competitors

  • 10-11 Grand Champion: Tony Homsani Jr.
  • 12-13 Grand Champion: Hudson Stehle
  • 14-15 Grand Champion: Daygan Talbott
  • 16-17 Grand Champion: Michael Macri
  • 11 & Under Open Weight: Tony Homsani Jr.
  • 12-14 Open Weight: Kayne Talbott
  • 15-17 Open Weight: Xavier Ouellet

Junior Girls' Fighting - Featured Competitors

  • 10-11 Grand Champion: Aria Martin
  • 12-13 Grand Champion: Victoria Homsani
  • 14-15 Grand Champion: Sofia Rodriguez Florez
  • 16-17 Grand Champion: Maeve McColgan
  • 11 & Under Open Weight: Aria Martin
  • 12-14 Open Weight: Sofia Rodriguez Florez
  • 15-17 Open Weight: Natalie Allen

Youth Boys' CMX Weapons

  1. Michael Molina
  2. Judah Sagawa
  3. Dax Howland
  4. Nolan Grunwald
  5. Adomas Rackauskas

Youth Boys' Traditional Weapons

  1. Sterling Keefe
  2. Adomas Rackauskas
  3. Michael Molina
  4. Wassim Dridi
  5. Nolan Grunwald

Youth Girls' CMX Weapons

  1. Isabella Nicoli
  2. Kodi Molina
  3. Madalynn Wiersma
  4. Camille Trippodo
  5. Ashley Lopez

Youth Girls' Traditional Weapons

  1. Isabella Nicoli
  2. Kodi Molina
  3. Madalynn Wiersma
  4. Abigail Hunck
  5. Lia Goto

Youth Boys' CMX Forms

  1. Judah Sagawa
  2. Michael Molina
  3. Wassim Dridi
  4. Adomas Rackauskas
  5. Gibran Rawlings

Youth Boys' Traditional Forms

  1. Sterling Keefe
  2. Wassim Dridi
  3. Adomas Rackauskas
  4. Daniel Angulo
  5. Michael Molina

Youth Girls' CMX Forms

  1. Isabella Nicoli
  2. Kodi Molina
  3. Camille Trippodo
  4. Madalynn Wiersma
  5. Abigail Hunck

Youth Girls' Traditional Forms

  1. Isabella Nicoli
  2. Lia Goto
  3. Kodi Molina
  4. Madalynn Wiersma
  5. Savannah Agosto

Senior Men's Forms

  1. Joey Castro
  2. Kevin Kowalczik
  3. Samuel Diaz III
  4. Joseph Bein
  5. Drew Derrick-Bisbee

Senior Men's Weapons

  1. Samuel Diaz III
  2. Eric Tremblay
  3. Joey Castro
  4. Edgar Cordova
  5. Drew Derrick-Bisbee

Senior Men's Fighting

  1. El-Java Abdul-Qadir
  2. Yoskar Gamez
  3. Abid Benwali
  4. Anthony Merricks
  5. Santiago Averso

Senior Women's Forms & Weapons

  1. Casey Marks-Nash
  2. Melanie Strauss
  3. Amy Williams
  4. Ana Lucia Conde
  5. Laura Leclerc

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