Grand Master BLH
Choose Your Options
The Grand Master BLH is our absolute finest. The Grand Master is made of a 100% thick canvas core, covered with an outer layer of special high grade silk. Available in standard and extra width. For EXTRA WIDTH belts choose one size longer so that the embroidery will not be lost in the knot when tied. The Grand Master is designed to last and wear down slowly giving it a time honored feel.
Tokaido Japan provides the highest quality embroidery in Japanese or English. No company can surpass the level of embroidery perfected by Tokaido.
The secret in the manufacturing of our belts is that the parts are cut and embroidered separately before being assembled and sewn together. This is the reason why they are so strong, neat and beautifully finished. The embroidery will not show through on the reverse side. This is the hallmark of a true, Made in Japan - Tokaido Black Belt.
In TOKAIDO’s continuing commitment to quality and customer service we have decided to add 3 font options for our black belt embroidery. Below from left to right we are offering:
Left Choice 昇龍 translated as “Rising Dragon”. (Default font)
Middle Choice 太行書 translated as “Bold Cursive”.
Right Choice 龍神 translated as “Dragon God”.
Each kanji font has it’s own character with the Left Choice described as crisp and clear, the Middle Choice characterized as strong and bold, and the Right Choice as sophisticated and detailed. TOKAIDO is happy to provide this choice and we hope you will appreciate these new options.
Please note: the Left Choice 昇龍 “Rising Dragon” is the default font and will be used if neither of the other two are chosen.
You may choose to embroider your style name and/or your personal name. For Japanese text, please select from the pop up menus by clicking on the Kanji Style Names or the Names in Japanese Katakana below the field that you desire. If your Style or Name is not in the menu then use this Google Translate link https://translate.google.com/#en/ja/ to CREATE and then COPY and PASTE into the field(s) you desire. We will confirm that the translation is correct before production. If you prefer English/Roman letters, then type directly in the field(s) of your choice.
As with all kuruoobi that are made in Japan by Tokaido Japan, each uniform is made as it is ordered. This way we can ensure that you receive the best belt possible. Currently un-embroidered belts require 2 weeks and embroidered belts require 5 weeks.
If you have any considerations you would like us to consider please write in the "Notes" box to let us know. You can also upload a document or picture.
How to Order
If you would like more detailed information on how to order click here: How to Order
Very beautiful work
Posted by Unknown on 24th Sep 2019
Very beautiful obi and excellent craftsmanship! The Kanji-embroidery in font "Dragon God" is absolutely awesome and a real eye-catcher that makes the belt stand out of the crowd of other belts. For a belt of this quality, style (and price), I would suggest to deliver it in a nice box instead of a plastic bag. That would give it the ambience it deserves.
Customer service is excellent and every detail is double-checked to avoid any errors. Japanese perfection - Thanks!
Thank you for your comprehensive and helpful review.
Best belt around
Posted by Kaz on 18th Jul 2019
This is my 4th time ordering from them and each time was a satisfied buy. Especially during my last order where I have complicated embroidery requests, Dan and his team took the extra mile to check with the factory and ensure that all customisations are in order. Will definitely come back again as a regular customer.
TOKAIDO note. Thank you for the glowing recommendation. Your order was quite detailed and it did take us some extra work and we are happy that it came out as you desired.
My second belt from Tokaido.
Posted by Paul on 28th May 2019
I am seriously addicted to all of Tokaido’s products. This is my second belt purchased from Tokaido. I purchased the cotton version about 2 years ago which I am still using. Just like my first one, this belt is amazing. The level of details they put on the embroidery left me speechless. Thank you so much for such a great product.
TOKAIDO note: Thank you and enjoy!
My first black belt
Posted by Marc Robbins on 15th May 2019
I am stunned by how beautiful this product is. The weight and feel of the belt along with the amazing embroidery is breathtaking. I will wear it with pride.
TOKAIDO Note: Thank you for your review and enjoy.
Grand Master BLH customized obi
Posted by Marco S on 17th Apr 2019
Excellent quality of materials and craftsmanship. Exactly what I expected, delivered on-time. Tokaido never disappoints. OSS!!!
TOKAIDO note. Thank you!
High quality product
Posted by Andri Sihombing on 5th Jan 2019
High quality product and embroidered for my blackbelt
Tokaido Japan Note: Thank you for your review.
Posted by Mrs Pauline Quarterman on 11th Oct 2018
This belt was ordered as a special present. I had to alter it slightly and Tokaido Customer Service were really helpful and ensured I got exactly what I needed. It arrived well within the time expected even with the alteration. The quality is fabulous, the embroidery is crisp and clear, to say I'm thrilled with it is an understatement!!!! Am really looking forward to this being presented and am sure it will be proudly worn.
TOKAIDO note: We are very happy to read of your satisfaction and hope to serve you again in the future.
Top quality product
Posted by Unknown on 17th Aug 2018
I have been ordering heavy weight gis and belts from Tokaido Japan for well over 20 years, always satisfied with the products.
One of my students is going to university to study engineering, on July 17th I ordered an embroidered silk black belt for him as a gift, as always Dan had been extremely helpful, even after the order was ready for production I was still able to change the kanji calligraphy. I live in Toronto, Canada, the belt arrived in four weeks, that was fast.
Frank Chan sensei, Kokoro Shotokan Karate-Do, 8th dan.
TOKAIDO JAPAN note:
Thank you for your positive review. We are happy to hear of your satisfaction.
Dan bars in wrong place
Posted by Steve Lacey on 6th Jul 2018
I have always purchased Tokaido products for over 30 years now. I recently ordered a new silk embroidered black belt and am disappointed to say that when the belt was delivered the dan grade bars I asked to be put on the belt have been placed not at the end of the belt but before the embroidery closer to the middle of the belt instead of at the end. When I queried was told that it was my fault and would only replace with a discount of 30% buying a new one. Be very careful when you order! I would suggest that a digital image of how the belt will appear is added to the order process, prior to making the belt to avoid these things. I and my Dan grade students will not be purchasing from Tokaido going forward. Its a shame as have always thought their products the best previously but product and service have not met my expectations this time.
Answer from TOKAIDO…
Dear Mr. Lacey,
We are sorry to see you go and regret that you feel treated unfairly. When you placed your order you chose to put the Xs for Dan Bars in front of your name and not after. It seems clear that since the bars were placed in front that that is where you wanted them embroidered. You even sent us a message in the Notes section to remind us " XXXXXX represents 6 Dan grade stripes (I obviously don't want 6 x's on the belt - thanks) ” but did not mention anything about placement. You are correct that customers should be careful when ordering and if they have any questions they should message through their account or email us. Customers can see clearly on the invoice exactly how the belt will be embroidered to confirm their choices. Of course we understood that you were not satisfied so we offered our largest discount for a remake which you refused. We wish you the best of luck in your future. Kind regards, TOKAIDO
Review of Grandmaster belt
Posted by Leon Sill on 22nd May 2018
Received the belt, and am very pleased. The material is high quality. Especially pleased with the embroidery; have wanted a belt with metallic silver kanji for a long time, and was pleased to see that Tokaido has started using this type of thread. Style of the kanji has changed, but I like this style compared to previous versions.