Black Belt Magazine Rankings
Black Belt Magazine Rankings
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 - October 26, 2022

This rankings update follows several major sport karate events including the AmeriKick Internationals, WKC World Championships, Bristol Open, and the Diamond Nationals. There are no significant updates to the structure of the rankings. The committee weighted their assessment based on a combination of level of competition at events, the recency of events, consistency of performance over a longer time span, and head-to-head matchups. The recognized junior point fighters consist of the grand championship and open weight winners from the Diamond Nationals, the most recent major event predating this update.

Previous 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.


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

Men's Traditional Weapons

  1. Jake Presley
  2. Dawson Holt
  3. Samuel Diaz III
  4. Rashad Eugene
  5. Michael Brumme

Women's CMX Weapons

  1. Haley Glass
  2. Sara Campbell
  3. Eden Williams
  4. Kaelyn Kowalski
  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. Diego Rodriguez Florez
  3. Jake Presley
  4. Dawson Holt
  5. Will Nevitt

Men's Traditional Forms

  1. Mason Stowell
  2. Joey Castro
  3. Cameron Klos
  4. Jeff Doss
  5. Larry Gonzalez

Women's CMX Forms

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

Women's Traditional Forms

  1. Gabrielle Rudolph
  2. Laine Barrett
  3. Rose Rhéaume
  4. Kaitlyn Vong
  5. Kaelyn Kowalski

Men's Lightweight Fighting

  1. Bailey Murphy
  2. Tyreeke Saint
  3. Tyson Wray
  4. Balint Marin
  5. De Vita Simone

Men's Heavyweight Fighting

  1. Kameren Dawson
  2. Elijah Everill
  3. Avery Plowden
  4. Kristhian Rivas
  5. Brandon Ballou

Men's Open Weight Fighting

  1. Elijah Everill
  2. Bailey Murphy
  3. Darren Payne
  4. Riccardo Albanese
  5. Avery Plowden

Women's Fighting

  1. Morgan Plowden
  2. Evelyn Neyens
  3. Ki'Tana Everett
  4. Jimena Janeiro
  5. Anne-Sara Cayer & Melanie Ortiz TIE

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

Junior Boys' CMX Weapons

  1. Esteban Tremblay
  2. Mason Bumba
  3. Phillip Brumme
  4. Ben Jones
  5. Preston Easley

Junior Boys' Traditional Weapons

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

Junior Girls' CMX Weapons

  1. Averi Presley
  2. Samantha Mitling
  3. Katelyn McMillan
  4. Anna Beth Hedgepeth
  5. Alyss Groce

Junior Girls' Traditional Weapons

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

Junior Boys' CMX Forms

  1. Esteban Tremblay
  2. Phillip Brumme
  3. Shane Billow
  4. Aidan Guernsey
  5. John Lorenz

Junior Boys' Traditional Forms

  1. Shane Billow
  2. Rodrigo Madrid
  3. Sebastian Villanueva
  4. Phillip Brumme
  5. Eric Quackenbush

Junior Girls' CMX Forms

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

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: Luis Rivera
  • 14-15 Grand Champion: Daygan Talbott
  • 16-17 Grand Champion: Mason Bumba
  • 11 & Under Open Weight: Tony Homsani Jr.
  • 12-14 Open Weight: Sebastian Villanueva
  • 15-17 Open Weight: Mason Bumba

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: Alexi Jimenez
  • 11 & Under Open Weight: Aria Martin
  • 12-14 Open Weight: Mercy Juarez
  • 15-17 Open Weight: Alexi Jimenez

Youth Boys' CMX Weapons

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

Youth Boys' Traditional Weapons

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

Youth Girls' CMX Weapons

  1. Isabella Nicoli
  2. Kodi Molina
  3. Madalynn Wiersma
  4. Demi Rodriguez
  5. Aria Martin

Youth Girls' Traditional Weapons

  1. Kodi Molina
  2. Isabella Nicoli
  3. Madalynn Wiersma
  4. Olivia Cano
  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. Wassim Dridi
  2. Sterling Keefe
  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. Bailey Scott

Youth Girls' Traditional Forms

  1. Isabella Nicoli
  2. Sienna Chu
  3. Lia Goto
  4. Madalynn Wiersma
  5. Kodi Molina

Senior Men's Forms

  1. Joey Castro
  2. Kevin Kowalczik
  3. Samuel Diaz III
  4. Edgar Cordova
  5. Jeff Doss

Senior Men's Weapons

  1. Eric Tremblay
  2. Samuel Diaz III
  3. Edgar Cordova
  4. Joey Castro
  5. Ray Kellison

Senior Men's Fighting

  1. Brayan Rodriguez
  2. Yoskar Gamez
  3. El Java Abdul Qadir
  4. Abid Benwali
  5. Santiago Averso

Senior Women's Forms & Weapons

  1. Amy Williams
  2. Melanie Strauss
  3. Haylette Pratico
  4. Laura Leclerc
  5. Kimberly Zawacki