Kuro Obi (Black Belt)

Kuro Obi (Black Belts)

This page is dedicated to the Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Students of Kubotan Karate Kai who have achieved with the grit and determination required the status of the coveted Kuro Obi (Black Belt).

The following age and time interval requirements apply to Dan Grades within Kubotan Karate Kai and the World Karate Federation (WKF).

Rank Dan Minimum Requirement
Shodan 初段 1st Dan 15 years of age. No student can go to 1st Dan under 15yrs.
Nidan 弐段 2nd Dan 17 years of age – 2 years since 1st Dan.
Sandan 参段 3rd Dan 20 years of age – 3 years since 2nd Dan.
Yondan 四段 4th Dan 24 years of age – 4 years since 3rd Dan.
Godan 五段 5th Dan 29 years of age – 5 years since 4th Dan.
Rokudan 六段 6th Dan 35 years of age – 6 years since 5th Dan.
Shichidan 七段 7th Dan 42 years of age – 7 years since 6th Dan.
Hachidan 八段 8th Dan 50 years of age – 8 years since 7th Dan.
Kudan 九段 9th Dan Exceptional lifetime achievement for Karate.
Judan 十段 10th Dan Exceptional lifetime achievement for Karate.

Kubotan’s Dan Grades (Black Belts)

Jason Hayward Chief Instructor Kubotan Karate
Jason Hayward (Chief Instructor) 4th Dan

1st Dan – 21st August 1988

2nd Dan – 27th March 2011

3rd Dan – 20th March 2014

4th Dan – 24th June 2018

11 3rd Dan Lauren Hayward
Lauren Hayward (Instructor) 3rd Dan

1st Dan – 30th March 2014

2nd Dan – 20th March 2016

3rd Dan – 13th December 2020

Ioan Evans Kubotan Karate
Ioan Evans 2nd Dan

1st Dan – 29th March 2015

2nd Dan – 2nd March 2017

Andrew Yorath Kubotan Karate Kai
Andrew Yorath 2nd Dan

16th December 2018

Robert Potter Kubotan Karate Kai
Robert Potter 2nd Dan

16th December 2018

Kubotan Karate Kai Emma Evans
Emma Evans 1st Dan

16th December 2018

Kubotan Karate Kai Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins 1st Dan

16th December 2018

Mark Whitby
Mark Whitby 2nd Dan

1st Dan – 3rd December 2017

2nd Dan – 15th December 2019

Jackie Mariani Kubotan Karate Black Belt
Jackie Mariani 3rd Dan

1st Dan – 14th December 2003
2nd Dan – 26th March 2006
3rd Dan – 16th June 2013

 Oli Richards

1st Dan – 13th December 2020