About the Author


Rod Kuratomi was born in 1962 and began his karate training at the age of 12. He has been training continuously since 1981 as a student of 10th Dan Grand Master Soke Takayuki Kubota of the International Karate Association. Rod has been an instructor for Master Kubota for over 35 years.  He has attained the rank of 7th degree black belt in Gosoku Ryu Karate and the title of Kyoshi and So-Shihan Dai which makes him Master Kubota's successor and responsible for continuing the teaching of Master Kubota's (Soke and So Shihan) techniques and philosophy of the International Karate Association on a global scale and is the IKA Technical Director. He also holds a 4th dan in kobudo (weapons), a 4th dan in Hojutsu (firearms), and a 1st dan in Kubota Jujitsu. He was one of Master Kubota's first students to attain the Black Belt ranking in weapons and is a certified Kubotan instructor. He was the International Grand Champion of both heavyweight kumite and weapons kata at the 2000 World Cup Tournament held on July 8-9th, 2000 in Los Angeles, California. He has won numerous titles over the past decades and continues to train and teach at the International Karate Association headquarters in Glendale, California. He has travelled all over the world training and teaching karate, kubotan,  defense tactics, and firearms.  He is a computer analyst by profession and works for a California based hospital. Rod Kuratomi resides in Southern California, USA.

Tournament History of Rod Kuratomi


IKA World Cup 2000 - Los Angeles - July 2000
Heavyweight Kumite Grand Champion
Weapons Kata Grand Champion

IKA All Star Tournament - October 1999
Lightweight Kumite Champion
Gosoku Ryu Kata Champion
Weapons Kata Champion

IKA All Star Tournament - October 1998
Weapons Kata Champion

IKA All Star Tournament - October 1997
Heavyweight Kumite Champion
Weapons Kata Champion

IKA All Europe Kubota Cup Tournament - Warsaw, Poland - May 1997
Weapons Kata Grand Champion
Team Kata and Individual Kata - Silver medals

IKA All Star Tournament - October 1996
Weapons Kata champion

World Goodwill Karate Championship - Gifu, Japan - April 1996
Weapons Kata Grand Champion
Team Kumite - Gold Medalist

IKA All Star Tournament - November 1995
Weapons Kata Champion

IKA All Star Tournament - November 1991
Weapons Kata Champion

International Hardcontact Karate Championships - Kyoto, Japan - April 1991
Weapons Kata Grand Champion

IKA World Tournament - Los Angeles - November 1989
Weapons Kata Grand Champion
Ranks


Shodan (1st Dan) kobudo (Traditional Weapons)  - 1983

Shodan (1st Dan) karate - 1983
Nidan (2nd Dan) karate - 1985
Sandan (3rd Dan) karate - 1988
Yondan (4th Dan) karate - 1992
Godan (5th Dan) karate 7/2000 - tested before dan board at IKA World Cup     comprised of masters from around the world -Glendale, CA
Rokudan (6th Dan) Karate 9/2007
Shichidan (7th dan) Karate 7/2014

Shodan (1st Dan) Kubota Iaido (Katana) - Toshin Ryu - 1992
Yondan (4th Dan) Kobudo (Traditional Weapons) - 11/2009

Shodan (1st Dan) Kubota Jujitsu - 2005

Shodan (1st Dan) Hojutsu Ryu (Firearms) - Tested by Soke Jeff Hall 4 5/2004
Nidan (2nd Dan) Hojutsu Ryu (Firearms) - Tested by Soke Jeff Hall - 5/2006
Sandan (3rd Dan) Hojutsu Ryu (Firearms) - Tested by Soke Jeff Hall - 8/2008

Certified Kubotan Instructor - 2014







About the Author