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 were also considered.

Last Updated - October 13, 2021

This update accounts for the results of the AmeriKick Internationals and Diamond Nationals, in addition to the results of the Battle of Atlanta and U.S. Open that determined the previous installment. The defending U.S. Open ISKA World Champions who were crowned prior to the last update are featured first, and these athletes will continue to be featured until their ISKA titles are back up for grabs. In the meantime, the active rankings below will be consistently updated to represent who the top-ranked athletes in sport karate are at a particular time. The Champions will move up or down in the rankings depending upon their performance, just like their competitors.

Since the rankings are now active rankings, inactivity at the last four major sport karate events has resulted in some athletes falling in the rankings. We understand that a few of these athletes live in countries outside the United States and have not been able to travel due to pandemic-related circumstances. However, that does not discredit the accomplishments of those who have been able to compete. The rankings will be adjusted accordingly when international travel returns to normalcy and those world class competitors will be ranked based on their performance.

A notable adjustment in this rankings update is that a few divisions that were formerly combined have been separated into traditional and CMX for increased consistency across age groups. Junior (14-17 years of age) sparring divisions are still included as well, but the athletes are featured in no particular order due to the lack of competition between age groups.



The Defending U.S. Open ISKA World Champions:

Men's Weapons

Jackson Rudolph

Women's Weapons

Haley Glass

Men's CMX Forms

Danny Etkin

Women's CMX Forms

Haley Glass

Men's Traditional Forms

Mason Stowell

Women's Traditional Forms

Gabrielle Dunn

Men's Lightweight Fighting

Bailey Murphy

Men's Heavyweight Fighting

Edgar Germany

Men's Open Weight Fighting

Bailey Murphy

Women's Fighting

Morgan Plowden

Junior Boys' CMX Weapons

Mason Bumba

Junior Boys' Traditional Weapons

Dawson Holt

Junior Girls' CMX Weapons

Anna Beth Hedgepeth

Junior Girls' Traditional Weapons

Madison Magnotta

Junior Boys' CMX Forms

Dawson Holt

Junior Boys' Traditional Forms

Caio DaSilva

Junior Girls' CMX Forms

Anna Beth Hedgepeth

Junior Girls' Traditional Forms

Maddy Kennaway

Youth Boys' Weapons

Dax Howland

Youth Girls' Traditional Weapons

Averi Presley

Youth Girls' CMX Weapons

Kodi Molina

Youth Boys' CMX Forms

Judah Sagawa

Youth Boys' Traditional Forms

Jojo Castro

Youth Girls' CMX Forms

Isabella Nicoli

Youth Girls' Traditional Forms

Isabella Nicoli

Senior Men's Weapons

Ray Kellison

Senior Men's Forms

Drew Derrick-Bisbee

Senior Men's Fighting

Yoskar Gamez

Senior Women's Forms & Weapons

Melanie Strauss

Synchronized Weapons

Team Paul Mitchell

Synchronized Forms

Team KTOC

Team Demonstration

Team Competitive Edge

Men's Team Fighting

Top Ten Team USA

Active World Black Belt Rankings

Men's CMX Weapons

  1. Alex Mancillas
  2. Connor Chasteen
  3. Rashad Eugene
  4. Alex Riggs
  5. Danny Etkin

Men's Traditional Weapons

  1. Jake Presley
  2. Rashad Eugene
  3. Samuel Diaz III
  4. Joey Castro
  5. Alex Riggs

Women's CMX Weapons

  1. Haley Glass
  2. Sammy Smith
  3. Julia Plawker
  4. Kyleigh Boyer
  5. Kaelyn Kowalski

Women's Traditional Weapons

  1. Haley Glass
  2. Kaelyn Kowalski
  3. Rose Rhéaume
  4. Julia Plawker
  5. Sara Campbell

Men's CMX Forms

  1. Danny Etkin
  2. Rashad Eugene
  3. Will Nevitt
  4. Cody Leck
  5. Connor Chasteen

Men's Traditional Forms

  1. Mason Stowell
  2. Joey Castro
  3. Jared Dunn
  4. Larry Gonzalez
  5. Connor Chasteen

Women's CMX Forms

  1. Haley Glass
  2. Sammy Smith
  3. Noell Jellison
  4. Solange Olivier
  5. Eden Williams

Women's Traditional Forms

  1. Gabrielle Dunn
  2. Sasha Rodriguez
  3. Amber Rutherford
  4. Jewelianna Ortiz
  5. Julia Plawker

Men's Lightweight Fighting

  1. Bailey Murphy
  2. Enrique Letona
  3. Jack Felton
  4. Tyson Wray
  5. Kevin Walker

Men's Heavyweight Fighting

  1. Avery Plowden
  2. Darren Payne
  3. Kameren Dawson
  4. Brandon Ballou
  5. Edgar Germany

Men's Open Weight Fighting

  1. Bailey Murphy
  2. Enrique Letona
  3. Avery Plowden
  4. Darren Payne
  5. Brandon Ballou

Women's Fighting

  1. Morgan Plowden
  2. Ki'Tana Everett
  3. Jimena Janeiro
  4. Brianna Nurse
  5. Mouse Millner

Synchronized Weapons

  1. Alessandra Alinea & Shane Billow
  2. Kodi & Michael Molina
  3. Sam McKinley & Will Nevitt

Synchronized Forms

  1. Joey Castro, Caio DaSilva, Maddy Kennaway
  2. Connor Chasteen & Diego Rodriguez-Florez
  3. Rodrigo Madrid & Mason Stowell
  4. Dawson Holt & Ben Jones
  5. Lila Bartz & Judah Sagawa

Team Demonstration

  1. Team Infinity
  2. Team Competitive Edge
  3. Team Freestyle
  4. Premier North Augusta
  5. Premier Atlanta

Team Fighting

  1. Team Straight Up
  2. Top Ten Team USA
  3. Team Next Level
  4. Team All Stars
  5. Team Legend

Junior Boys' CMX Weapons

  1. Ben Jones
  2. Mason Bumba
  3. Dawson Holt
  4. Phillip Brumme
  5. Riley Tracy

Junior Boys' Traditional Weapons

  1. Dawson Holt
  2. Matthew Shamet
  3. Shane Billow
  4. Austin Hladek
  5. Ben Jones

Junior Girls' CMX Weapons

  1. Madison Magnotta
  2. Anna Beth Hedgepeth
  3. Katelyn McMillan
  4. Maria Routel-Ferguson
  5. Samantha Mitling

Junior Girls' Traditional Weapons

  1. Katelyn McMillan
  2. Rylee Rainone
  3. Madison Magnotta
  4. Alessandra Alinea
  5. Kira Jones

Junior Boys' CMX Forms

  1. Salef Celiz
  2. Dawson Holt
  3. Phillip Brumme
  4. Shane Billow
  5. Esteban Tremblay

Junior Boys' Traditional Forms

  1. Diego Rodriguez-Florez
  2. Rodrigo Madrid
  3. Caio DaSilva
  4. Shane Billow
  5. Eric Quackenbush

Junior Girls' CMX Forms

  1. Maddy Kennaway
  2. Anna Beth Hedgepeth
  3. Katelyn McMillan
  4. Reese Beck
  5. Carrie Quinn

Junior Girls' Traditional Forms

  1. Maddy Kennaway
  2. Katelyn McMillan
  3. Rylee Rainone
  4. Kira Jones
  5. Madison Magnotta

Junior Boys' Fighting - Featured Competitors

  • Oscar Garcia
  • Isaac Torres
  • Connor Bedard
  • Mason Bumba
  • Jeremiah Alvarez

Junior Girls' Fighting - Featured Competitors

  • Cassandra De La Barrera
  • Alexi Jimenez
  • Natalie Allen
  • Lucy Lokay
  • Callie Garrett

Youth Boys' CMX Weapons

  1. Dax Howland
  2. Judah Sagawa
  3. Michael Molina
  4. Zeke Gomez
  5. Harold Lerner

Youth Boys' Traditional Weapons

  1. Adomas Rackauskas
  2. Michael Molina
  3. Gavin Richmond
  4. Harold Lerner
  5. Brady Clifford

Youth Girls' CMX Weapons

  1. Bella Nicoli
  2. Kodi Molina
  3. Averi Presley
  4. Savannah Agosto
  5. Adelynn Lau

Youth Girls' Traditional Weapons

  1. Sofia Rodriguez-Florez
  2. Averi Presley
  3. Kodi Molina
  4. Adelynn Lau
  5. Bella Nicoli

Youth Boys' CMX Forms

  1. Judah Sagawa
  2. Dante Rodriguez
  3. Michael Molina
  4. Brady Clifford
  5. Gavin Richmond

Youth Boys' Traditional Forms

  1. Christian Elizondo
  2. Santiago Angulo
  3. Jojo Castro
  4. Angel Perez
  5. Adomas Rackauskas

Youth Girls' CMX Forms

  1. Bella Nicoli
  2. Alyss Groce
  3. Sofia Rodriguez-Florez
  4. Averi Presley
  5. Adelynn Lau

Youth Girls' Traditional Forms

  1. Sofia Rodriguez-Florez
  2. Bella Nicoli
  3. Sienna Chu
  4. Adelynn Lau
  5. Gabby Viola

Senior Men's Forms

  1. Samuel Diaz III
  2. Drew Derrick-Bisbee
  3. Ray Kellison
  4. Terry Creamer
  5. Joseph Bein

Senior Men's Weapons

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

Senior Men's Fighting

  1. Yoskar Gamez
  2. El-Java Abdul-Qadir
  3. Chris Walker
  4. Rober Cardenas
  5. Brad Chapin

Senior Women's Forms & Weapons

  1. Becca Ross-Leiker
  2. Ashley Lane
  3. Amy Williams
  4. Roxanne Doyon
  5. Melanie Strauss
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