High Dan Ranks

Generally, the rank of Yodan – 4th degree black belt – is considered to be a qualified teacher of judo.  Below is a list of the high dan (degree) ranks registered with USA Judo within the State of Texas:

Kudan – 9th degree black belt
Vince Tamura (deceased)

Hachidan – 8th degree black belt
Bert Becerra
Andy Connelly
Jim Hrbek
Jim Webb

Shichidan – 7th degree black belt
Manmohan Chima
Dale Lehman
Gail Stolzenburg

Rokudan – 6th degree black belt
Oliver Batchelor (deceased)
Tommy Dyer
Jim Haynes
Michael Hellman
Ruben Martin
Mike McCleery
Mitsuharu Nagase
Mark Oerman
Kenny Patteson
Jim Riggs

Godan – 5th degree black belt
Bill Abbott
Edie Connelly
Randy Firth
Daniel Gomez
Ray Hosokawa
Kaoru Ishii
Kim Mesa
Doug Newcomer
Bill Parker
Tom Riggs
Ken Scialo
Mike Woodson

Yodan – 4th degree black belt
Peter Burger
Nina Cutro-Kelly
Arturo Gutierrez
Kamil Kuroda
Rita Law
Peter Mondo
Hale Newcomer
Van Nguyen
Brian Olson
William Perron
Daniel Skiff
John Taylor
Francis Torres
Nick Tucker
Dale Vincent
Jones Waller
Siton Yoshida