Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association will be held on the 31st day of March 2017, at One o’clock (1:00) P.M., at Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral Dojo, 532 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904.
USJA President John Paccione is pleased to announce that International A Referee Gary Berliner, 8th dan has accepted the position of Head Referee for the USJA. Gary is a member of the NGB’s Referee Commission and was a referee at the Rio (Para) Olympics last summer.
Bob Rush from CEM Judo in California has joined the Board of Directors to fill the seat left by the passing of Michelle Holtze. We welcome him and look forward to working with him.
RIO DE JANEIRO — American Kayla Harrison has another gold medal. Call it one more for the road. Expected to retire following these Olympics and become the next female star in professional mixed martial arts, Harrison defeated France’s Audrey Tcheumeo to win a second judo gold medal in the 78-kilogram weight class in front of a disappointed Brazilian crowd that was hoping to watch Harrison take on Mayra Aguiar.
Harrison, 26, had predicted a matchup with Aguiar more than a year ago as the two have been longtime rivals and had split their first 14 meetings. It would have recalled echoes of 2012, when she beat Britain’s Gemma Gibbons in London in the gold medal match. Instead, she faced Tcheumeo and did not seem to be getting the best of the action until the final seconds when she finally got Tcheumeo on the ground for a decisive win by ippon.
Harrison rolled into the semifinals, defeating Anamari Velensek of Slovenia in 1 minute, 43 seconds with an armbar move that immediately ended the match. Her earlier matches weren’t any longer, confirming her dominance in this tournament.
– Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports, 8/11/16
When Kayla Harrison returned home with two Olympic gold medals she had something special waiting for her. On August 31st the United States Judo Association’s promotion board had decided to reward Harrison with the rank of Rokudan, sixth degree black belt. The USJA promotion board, comprised of multiple Olympians, decided this not only on her competitive prowess but her embodiment of the principles of Judo. The United States Judo Association is proud to promote Kayla Harrison to Rokudan and support her as one of the best ambassadors of our art.
From USJA President John Paccione “I am sorry to announce that I received word that USJA Board of Directors Officer Michelle Holtze has passed on. I will forward more information as it becomes available.”
This week the United States Judo Association would like to highlight our new customized email preferences!
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We have an exciting announcement!
We place high value on education, both on and off the mat. To show how much education means to us, we have partnered up with the National Honor Society to provide free membership to all of our honor students. We are proud to recognize and reward our members who have put time and effort into their studies.
To qualify for the free membership, all you need to do is attach a copy of your National Honor Society certificate (http://www.nhs.us) to your membership application form and you will receive a full year of free membership with the United States Judo Association.
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USJA’s liability insurance company is asking every instructor, assistant instructor, indeed all persons who assume some oversight or trai ning responsibility (eg. Black belts) should take the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s free on line COACHES training at http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/.
The on line course takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete followed by a short quiz. When you finish the training you will be able to complete an easy test and after successful completion, download and print a Certificate of Completion. Please send a copy of that certificate to the national office by fax or email (you can also send a copy through the post office).
I have asked Mike Szrejter and Ed Thibedou of the Coach Education to take immediate steps to include the CDC Heads up training in all future Level 1 training classes in order to comply with this very serious issue.
On November 5th and 6th 2015 USA Judo brought 46 competitors to Cordoba Argentina to compete in the Infantile Pan American Games and then competed in The South American Continental Championship on November 7th. In order to qualify to compete, you had to be ranked # 1 or 2 in the country in your division.
Erica Paccione of Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral is ranked # 1 in the Nation in her division Juvinile A 58- Kilograms competed in this Event and then competed on Saturday the November 7th in The South American Continental Championship.
Erica fought 4 times on Friday the 6th defeating 2 of her opponents with a half point on the throw and then a half point on the hold to equal a full point. Erica Paccione placed third in The Pan American Games.
On Saturday Erica Defeated 2 of her opponents with Ippon on the throw and scored a Bronze Medal in this event as well. Out of the 46 competitors the USA scored 26 medals on behalf of the United States and Erica is proud to have represented her country.