Tracy’s Kenpo Karate Promotions Lists

As was announced by GM Ted Sumner, the Executive Council of Tracy’s Kenpo Karate is in the process of forming a non-profit organization to carry on the business of the Tracy Kenpo System. Among those responsibilities will be the issuance and recording of rank promotions, from yellow belt (hachikyu) to 10th degree black belt (judan). As part of that process, we have undertaken the following tasks:

  1. Ensuring that people who have been promoted and ordered diplomas receive those diplomas.
  2. Updating the central database of promotions to reflect the most current and accurate listing of black belt ranks that we can.
  3. Publishing and maintaining that list.

On this website, I am starting with the promotion lists that GGM Al Tracy had published on his website circa 2013, right before his hosting service stopped supporting the software that he was using and he stopped updating the site. At some point after that, the website files on his computer were erased, so what I have to start with is what was published at that time.

That means that we are missing approximately 10 years of promotion data. Mrs. Tracy has much of that in written form, but at the moment, I am going to begin trying to fill in the gaps here.

So, what do we need? HELP!!!

We already know that this list is outdated. I have attempted to move the formatting from a comma delineated table to data in individual spreadsheet cells, and as such,

  • I know that I have transposed some people’s names. First names might be last, middle names may be out of place, etc. Just let me know what to correct.
  • You may not be on the list. If not, e-mail me and let me know the information needed to add you.
  • ¬†Your diploma number or date may be incorrect, or missing. Downloading information from a clone of a 10-year old website into excel, some data cells got deleted, corrupted, etc.
  • If you are an instructor, and you know who you have promoted and when, check the list and let me know what I need.

Please understand that the goal of this endeavor is ACCURACY. Nobody will be left off out of spite, or personal feelings, or reputation. If you are not on the list, it is because I don’t have the information I need to put you on.

This is not a request for orders. If you have been promoted and not received a diploma, stay tuned, we will be working on that very soon. Meanwhile, if you have been promoted and do not have a diploma, I am happy to publish your name, date, rank and instructor, and will fill in the diploma number once it is issued.


Shodan – 1st Degree Black Belt Promotions

Nidan – 2nd Degree Black Belt Promotions

Sandan – 3rd Degree Black Belt Promotions

Yodan – 4th Degree Black Belt Promotions

Godan – 5th Degree Black Belt Promotions

Rokudan – 6th Degree Black Belt Promotions

Shichidan – 7th Degree Black Belt Promotions

Hachidan – 8th Degree Black Belt Promotions

Kudan – 9th Degree Black Belt Promotions

Judan – 10th Degree Black Belt Promotions