Open Black Belt

Open Black Belt

4 / 5 38 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Martial Arts Schools, Dojo, Yoga, Gym, Karate, Taekwondo, Hapkido, BJJ, Jiujitsu, Krav Maga, KungFu, Hapkido, Combatives, CrossFit


Average Ratings

38 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $29.99/month
  • Pricing Details
    $29.99/month. Free 30 day Trial available. No credit card needed for Trial
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Open Black Belt
  • www.openblackbelt.com
  • Founded 2015
  • United States

About Open Black Belt

Web-based software with student and classes management, attendance and rank promotions tracking. Everything you need for running your dojo, gym, yoga studio, school or facility is easily accessible online. 30 Day FREE Trial available. Student Self Check In, Reporting and more.


Open Black Belt Features

  • Attendance Management
  • Class Management
  • Event Management
  • Online Registration
  • Rank Management
  • Scheduling
  • Student Management

Open Black Belt Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Super fast response and great product

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to list rank. It was great to be able to log attendance so you can see their attendance as a promotion factor.

Cons: Inability to maintain belt progression. I - received blue belt 6/1, 1st stripe was received on 7/1 etc

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on June 28, 2017

Thanks for the review

You can run your own martial arts organization without the help of the open black belt service

Apr 06, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I run a small Capoeira group. As the director it is very challenging to stay organized, promote my classes, and maintain a high level of quality teaching classes. This service appeared to be a very useful tool to help me in all of these areas. Unfortunately open black belt just allowed to do a bunch of fill in the blanks about my group and my student's. I can organize my group with in a similar fashion using any free spreadsheet program out there. Open black belt could be a lot more effective if it offered some features that could provide new insight into how to organize and improve the various aspects of running a martial arts business.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 06, 2017

Hi Samuel We would love to hear your input on how we can make our solution work for you, please feel free to email us at support@openblackbelt.com

Open BB for school of 100 students

Apr 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: So far, Open Black Belt has been a positive experience. Most other companies have billing "included" and a much higher price. I don't need billing software, so it would have been a waste to pay more money per month for a feature I'm not using.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 04, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Helpful for every and any business

Apr 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: information easy to read. organized well. aids in decision making. comparison tool.

Cons: some reviews are lacking

Overall: I was able to find everything I needed. Capterra saved me countless hours and present their pages clean and easily read. If i had to research the vendors it would have taken me weeks. Instead now I am ahead of my deliverable goal and was able to make an educated decision. I would highly recommend

Recommendations to other buyers: not sure - i really like all the features you offer.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 04, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Big money saver!!

Apr 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Huge Saving on merchant part

Cons: Managing part needs improvement

Overall: Huge saving on merchant part, unbelievable rate and pretty easy to use.
Many features including mobile app on managing part and fast response when asked thru chat box. But It is still work in progress.

Recommendations to other buyers: Great starter

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 04, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Good experience

Apr 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The software is a good solution for management innyour martial art school. I would recomend improve in it for manage several schools simultaniously.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 04, 2017

Thanks for the review

Was a great entry level member management option

Apr 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I enjoyed the simplicity and minimalist design with open black belt. It was incredibly helpful to have a free option to go in and try it out before I purchased anything. I found it easy to add members and programs and communicate with my members.

Ultimately, it lacked some functionality in the payment and point of sale areas. To put this in context, the payment options for recurring billing and such were just getting started with openblackbelt while I was a full member so that may have changed now.

I had signed up with openblackbelt as I was tired of mindbody online (too many unused options for me) but the payment integration was still in progress and I was not able to wait to get everything worked out. The merchant processor (Signa pay I think) also lacked POS support so ultimately I had to have two separate programs. This simply became too much hassle to deal with on a consistent basis and I found another place that could do both pretty week..

Overall, I was pleased with openblackbelt. I needed something with a integrated POS option and recurring billing support in one spot, and that was something I had to find elsewhere.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 04, 2017

Thanks for the review. We are working on making our integration with payment providers a more optimized and seamless experience. Feel free to contact us at support@openblackbelt.com

Open Black Belt is just great!

Apr 02, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: ITs easy, and usefull, your experience will make you feel better than other options! This software is friendly as you!

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 02, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Great customer service

Apr 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality

Comments: They are always willing to listen to suggestions and add features that we need for out martial arts studio

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 02, 2017

Thanks for the review.

A Great Product In The Making

Mar 31, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Student tracking.

Cons: More features around multiple styles & ranks would be great.

Overall: As the owner of a dojo that is 30 years old and having many students, I've seen a lot of software. This is one of the better products offering great value to martial arts business owners. Keep up the great work!

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 01, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Missionary

Mar 31, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Easy to use. Love it & very useful. Cant find anything else but that. I utilize it in any way I can.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 31, 2017

Thanks for the review

Average student software

Mar 31, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
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Cons: I thought many of the software attributes and reports were not useful as constructed.

Overall: I found the software useful and easy to use. However tech support did not address my concerns very well. Many attributes in the software seemed to be lacking, rank updates for example.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 31, 2017

Thanks for the review. We would love to hear your ideas on making our solution better suited to your needs. Please feel free to contact us support@openblackbelt.com

Open Black Belt

Mar 31, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We owned a small dojo for about 2 years. I initially signed up for free trials to review many different software platforms. We had about 40-50 students. We've since sold the business to a friend but I found that a lot of the platforms seemed to cater to larger dojos. They were usually out of our price range. I logged into Open Black Belt again to review the options and it looks different when compare dot what I saw 2 years ago. The price seems reasonable and you've added a lot of new features. At the time I was looking for a system that would help me keep track of attendance without manually entering it. I also wanted something that could help me take and track payments. The software as it sits now looks amazing. I ended up keeping track of everything manually but given what you have available at this time I think I would have signed up for the monthly payments. I like that you added a marketing piece as well. I'll pass your info along to the new owners.

goodness of open blackbelt

Mar 29, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: actually open blackbelt is enjoyable to use and follow.it contains important educational lessons.since l have srarted them am becoming more stronger

More than capable of running a Dojo

Mar 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Straight forward rationale behind it with good features and performance.

Cons: Poor user interface or rather it should be less techy.

Overall: I cam across this applicatiobn by chance and although it is not exactly easy to use since the user interface is a bit too techy it is more than capable of running a dojoo.
Overall I think in its current version it is worth its score and with a bit more effort it could easily move to 4/5. Thank you for taking your time to build this app.

Recommendations to other buyers: Can you make it a bit more oriental or Japanese? i.e. give a less western feel to it

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Thanks for the review David. My team would like to hear more about your experience with the OBB interface. Please free to email us at support@openblackbelt.com

Excelent, Easy to use software. I love it.

Mar 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use. Very easy to use, interact with and understand.

Cons: I can't think of any cons. It did exactly what I needed it to do.

Overall: Layed out nicely. Does everthing I need it to do. Does everthing they claim it can do. I always had everything available at a quick glance and/or click.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Great product for your school

Mar 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Very easy to use. Great product for your school. Great customer support. Recommend this to all my friends.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Great Software and service

Mar 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Attendance log

Cons: No mobile app yet.

Overall: I was using mind body but it just didn't really fit for our gym. Got a call about this at the perfect time. Not only is it 1/4 of the price but it has better features and the credit processing is way cheaper

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Customer support is lacking

Mar 28, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have tried this software before but features were limited. I attempted to give it another shot. I contacted support twice trying to gain access but no response.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Hi Melinda We are sorry we did not meet your expectations. Please feel free to contact us at support@openblackbelt.com

Solid and Simple

Mar 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simple and not over-filled with too many bells and whistles.

Cons: At the time there was no integration with MailChimp.

Overall: If you want a simple, solid martial arts management software, Open Black Belt fits the bill. Not overloaded with too many features you won't use.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Thanks for the review Jackie. We would love to hear more about the MailChimp integration feature. Please contact us about this.

Great tool for a busy dojo.

Mar 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy interface

Cons: None

Overall: Open Blackbelt has been the cornerstone of running my dojo. It's simple yet functional interface makes it easy to use on all my devices and there have been no problems since I started using it some time ago. Highly valued and recommended.

Recommendations to other buyers: Just use and support it.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Excellent do it all martial arts program

Mar 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease of use, that it's designed specifically for the purpose of managing my system.

Cons: Their app isn't ready... yet!

Overall: This program serves all my needs for my martial arts program! If I have had an issue, it has been resolved promptly, customer service is,quick and amazing!

Recommendations to other buyers: No

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Hi Lisa Thanks for the awesome review. We hope to have the Android version ready for alpha testing soon(within the next week)

Perfect, very useful

Mar 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: The best program around. Give you the possibility to run your Dojo. Very useful and easy to use. Highly recommended.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Thanks for the review.

Software for the new school owner

Mar 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Did not have some of the marketing tools that their leading competitors have

Overall: We did the trial and it was nice, but not exactly what we needed in the long run. I would recommend this software for those just getting started for the first time in running a school. Easy to use and eases you into management software if you are not used to being in front of a computer.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Hi Jeremy Thanks for the review. We would love to hear your ideas on new marketing tools we can implement for the future. Please feel free to contact us.

Loved it until the changes

Mar 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Excellent functionality

Cons: Misleading regarding pricing/membership

Overall: Absolutely adored the software, especially the mindset behind it. Stopped using it when my "free" version suddenly had to be paid for.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Hi Carl We had recently changed our pricing but notified our members on our site many months in advance of the changes. We are considering different tiers of membership for the future. Please feel free to contact us.

Only if it had a calendar

Mar 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I would be so onboard with this software if there was a calendar function. I'm currently with zen planner and love that function

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on March 28, 2017

Hi Bonnie Thanks for the review. Our development team is working on calendar functionality and would love to hear your input on this. Please feel free to contact us.

Top Notch Customer Support

Feb 27, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After test driving several different MA student databases, this one has been one of the easiest and straightforward systems I've seen. Most importantly, they have given the BEST customer support by far compared the others I've tried. Response is almost always immediate.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on February 27, 2017

Glad to hear our support is the best :)

Review of your product.

Dec 13, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: My overall experience with you product was very good. I did not use the product very often but when I did it was easy to use.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on December 13, 2016

Thanks for your review

student and record keeper

Aug 04, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: In all honesty, it was free and easy to navigate

Overall: My sensei was looking for free software to keep track of attendance and record keeping. I was please with the ease of use.

excellent application. Perfect for any martial arts school. Classes, attendance, graphics, etc!!!

May 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I tried the free trial and it was great! Very easy to use, and has almost everything a school need to be organized.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on May 24, 2016

Thanks for the review

Awesome software

Apr 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Fast Customer service and fast integration of new ideas.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 11, 2016

Thanks for the feedback

Great software for martial arts clubs.

Feb 04, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Easy to use and edit. Email feature particularly useful. Any problems quickly dealt with.

A key part of our dojo!

Aug 15, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Open Black Belt Pro has streamlined our student tracking and sign-in practices. We were using the classic "binder" method of storing registration forms and having students check off the date as they attended class.

Now, with Open Black Belt, we store our forms in a box and use the "Self Check-in" system with barcodes. We purchased a laptop and barcode scanner gun primarily for this purpose. We are also able to use an iPad during class to make notes on students or to do check-in manually.

All of our Senseis can access student information from home to check attendance to help prepare for gradings and other events.

The "Customer Support" is second to none! Open Black Belt is constantly asking its users for suggestions and to try new additions to the system. Any time we have needed assistance for something Open Black Belt has responded quickly with easy-to-follow instructions.

Joining OBB Pro has proven to be a wise, and affordable, investment for our dojo. We couldn't be happier with Open Black Belt.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on August 15, 2015

Thanks for being such a wonderful customer, we are glad to hear Open Black Belt is an integral part of your school.

Great customer service

Aug 07, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The customer service representatives at Open Black Belt have been great. We've had several different issues come up, and they are very responsive.

OBB also have been really good about implementing suggestions for new reports or functionality. This is a great product that add a lot of value to our business.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on August 07, 2015

Thanks Valda, we love hearing suggestions for our members and have more features coming soon.

Open Black Belt is great

May 12, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am a big fan of Open Black Belt(OBB)
Their software is set up for the perfect workflow when involving the details of running a gym. Overall the best product of it's kind.
Whether it be the bulk emailing, keeping track of your students, or tracking inventory, OBB makes everything much more efficient.
I have also had the privilege to work directly with OBB involving advertisement, and they are great to work with. Very professional, and they genuinely want to help out.

Use of Black Belt

May 06, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The program in my opinion is great. Its easy to use and its clean. I love it!

Love this software

Apr 28, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: It's quick
It's easy
It works

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 28, 2015

Thanks for reviewing

Great management software to stay on top of student info, attendance, and communication!

Apr 22, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have been using Open Black Belt for well over a year and a half now and it is nice to see the growth and constant updates to it. Without it, it would be difficult to run a school and be as efficient as it allows us to be. Three of the most useful features for us is access to emergency contact info (should we ever need it), Student Check In (this helps us stay on top of attendance and promotion requirements), and being able to send out mass emails (so that we can keep everyone on the same page). We know there is other software out there, we have been reached out to and have gone through demonstrations with them. We just don't see a need to change what we currently have working for us.

Vendor Response

by Open Black Belt on April 22, 2015

Thanks Jerry