USJA Presidents Letter

Dear USJA Members,

Recently Mark Tamulonis, our Treasurer resigned due to greater demands in his personal career and then within the same week but unrelated, Paul (Bob) Rush unexpectedly resigned as USJA President due to personal obligations. Within days, I was nominated and voted unanimously by the Board of Directors to move from the seat of Vice-President to President for the remaining term. It has been a whirlwind to get situated, review the open projects, identify new ones that can help our Organization and formally greet our membership as the newly appointed President of USJA.

First and foremost, I would like to thank our Lifetime Members, our Annual Members and our Coaches who have supported our Organization throughout this pandemic year of COVID lockdowns across the county. Our members deserve recognition and deserve to be heard. The USJA has always been a membership-based Organization and it is my honor to now serve as President to help our Organization grow. I know first-hand the struggles that many of us have experienced in personal and professional lives to stay afloat, keep dojos open and stay connected with our families and students throughout this year. Please know that we are in this together and I will do my best with your support, to help the USJA become stronger and more efficient for everyone!

I would also like to express sincere thanks to our outgoing President, Paul (Bob) Rush, for his time and contributions to the USJA along with the other Board Members who have worked overtime serving and protecting our Organization during this difficult time. Thank you to those of you who have reached out to our main office and have spoken with our Board Members. We hear you and want to hear from your more!

I will keep my greeting short but look forward to updating you often as we develop and proceed with these projects listed below that are in the works and on the horizon:

  • Revive the USJA newsletter with current events and highlights of our members and dojos.
  • Membership communication to help coaches and athletes navigate COVID-related issues pertaining to judo.
  • Updates on USJA committees and accomplishments.
  • Differentiated resource support for members running for-profit dojos and non-profit dojos.
  • Establish and communicate our annual budget. Grow our endowment fund and athlete development fund.
  • Upgrades to our member experience on our website and member portal.
  • Lifetime membership specials.
  • In the planning stages: virtual coach’s clinic and a virtual referee clinic – date and time TBA.
  • USJA will not miss a year! We will be hosting the 2021 USJA/USJF Summer Nationalsin Florida–date and time TBA.

I also encourage our members to check out these events already on our calendar:

  • Kosen Tournament, hosted by Shoshikan Martial Arts, May 1, 2021 in Las Vegas Nevada.
  • The Greatest Camp on Earth 2021 hosted by the Carolinas American Judo Association, June 24-26, 2021 in Mathhew, NC.

The USJA has gone through some recent changes but I want you to know I am here to listen to your ideas and concerns, and I am willing to do all I can to ensure our Organization continues to work hard for you and for the great art and sport of Judo. Greatness awaits!

With humble resolve,
Celita Schutz
3x USA Judo Olympian
USJA President

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Earning Miscellaneous Points during COVID for any Junior/Senior KYU Students

All USJA Club Coaches,

Due to the Pandemic this past year, our students are struggling to obtain the required activity points for their promotions in several states. After discussions with several of our high-ranking Dan’s, we would like to offer the following additional options for your Junior or Senior KYU Students earning Miscellaneous Points. If you have other thoughts on how we can continue to motivate students during this time, please let me know. Stay safe!

Donna Turk, Promotion Board Chairperson
donnaturk@aol.com

Earning Miscellaneous Points during COVID for any Junior/Senior KYU Students

Effective immediately (3-4-2021) for a limited time during COVID.

  • Join the United States Judo Association – 5 POINTS
  • Achieve “Time in Grade” for Promotion – 1 POINT
  • Complete and pass the oral/written exam for your next promotion – 1 POINT
  • Complete and pass the technical exam for your next promotion – 1 POINT
  • Participate in a (One Hour) Judo demonstration in your community or your school. (In Person OR Live ZOOM) – 2 POINTS per day
  • Bring a guest to judo to try out the class. – 1 POINT. If they join your club and sign-up with USJA – 3 POINTS
  • Research and write a one page essay related to Judo and present to your club via live or Zoom – 5 POINTS
  • Document perfect attendance for 3 months – 1 POINT
  • Participate in a one-month exercise/fitness program designed by one of your coaches and take a fitness challenge to measure your progress. – 2 POINTS
  • Develop a Zoom lesson (ONE HOUR) on 5 methods of COVID era training – 5 POINTS
  • Attend one of the several live Zoom Clinics that are being offered by USJA, USA JUDO AND USJF JUDO. – 1 POINT per hour up to 3 POINTS
  • Coach and Student select a Judo book and write a one-page report. Your Coach/Instructor will evaluate for points. – 5 POINTS
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Donations

Fellow USJA members,

As we are going into the New Year, we are hoping for an end of the Pandemic. Americans all over the country are suffering financially. Memberships in all three Judo organizations have fallen due to a lack of renewals and very few new members.

This letter is to ask you to consider sponsoring a member to renew at $60.00.

This would help both the member and the organization. You can also make a smaller or larger donation that we will bundle with others to renew a member or multiple members.

Together we will survive this pandemic and come out stronger.

Even if you can only help with $20, it would be greatly appreciated.

To donate, please either call the office at (516) 366-3311 or

Click here http://www.usja.net/donate to help via credit card or PayPal.

God bless you and your family,

The USJA Board of Directors

Donations to the United States Judo Association are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The United States Judo Association is recognized by the IRS as a, not for profit 501c3 charitable organization.

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American Judo Development Model

Dear United States Judo Association (USJA) Coaches,

Ihope this note finds you healthy and safe during these challenging times.I am contacting you to provide USJA coacheswith some useful information regarding the American Judo Development Model (AJDM)and itsofferings.

As you may have seen, the combined efforts of USA Judo, USJA and USJF created the AJDM; a pathway to human and Judo excellence that is two-fold: age-based and skill-based. The skill-based advancement levels can accommodate entry to the sport at any age. However, the age-based Stage Model represents the core focus of the AJDM framework. The model utilizes long-term athlete development and quality coaching concepts to promote sustained physical activity, athlete safety,and age-appropriate development in the sport of Judo.

The AJDM allows EVERYONE(parents, technical officials, volunteersetc.) to understand judo athlete development at a foundational level.An AJDMonline course has been created, titled “Foundations of Coaching”.Itis a 40-minuteinteractive course with supporting resourcesthatcoverstopics including athlete safety, retention rates, the importance of feedback and much more.

As we keep our fingers crossed that dojos will soonre-open and competitions will start in the relatively near futureIencourage you to take a look at the online course to brushup on your skills while creatinga personal game plan for your dojo and your athletes.Lastly, please take some time to check out themany resources on theAJDM websitewhich can be found here.

After you’ve reviewed the information currently posted, please send any recommendations for additional topics, content or materials(including technical videos produced by you and/or your club)to AJDM Coaching Task Force Member, Ari Miller atarimiller@usastarseast.com.

Please send any questions you may have to americanjudoDM@gmail.comor feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Manmohan S. Chima ‘Chima’
USJACoaching Education
214-566-9591

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Promotion System Changes

After receiving suggestions from our membership and updates from various committees, we are excited to be releasing the new “United States Judo Association Judo Rank Promotion System – Judo Manual, 11th Edition”.

To continue to be the leading Judo association in the United States and remain competitive with the other judo organizations, we are making a few major changes to our promotion process. We believe our black belts are more than qualified to evaluate and promote the students within their clubs. Therefore, we have eliminated the CRE program as of October 2020 and all certified USJA blackbelts will have the authority to promote any active Junior or Senior Kyu USJA member, up to one rank below their own. Example: Shodan can evaluate and promote any active Junior or Senior Kyu USJA member up to the rank of Ikkyu. We also believe that our certified USJA blackbelts are qualified to evaluate and recommend for promotion any Shodan – Godan, up to one rank below theirs.We are excited to announce thatUSJA will also be eliminating the promotion fees for all Junior and Senior Rokkyu-Ikkyu promotions.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES

1. All references to the USJA Certified Rank Examiner Program were removed effective 21 October 2020.

2. The Regional Coordinator was added as a point of contact if a USJA member had any questions concerning the required paperwork and documentation for promotions. The Regional Coordinators are a separate committee under the USJA (see https://www.usja.net/committee/regional).

3. The number of signatures and grades of the examiners required for Judo promotions were changed as shown in the Proper Rank and Number Required to Sign-Off Table.

4. For those USJA members seeking promotions to 6th – 8th Dan, the levels of activities required were changed as shown in the Level of Activities Table.

5. The required rank and number of examiners for USJA Judo Rank Validation changed and with the elimination of the CRE program, no CRE is required.

6. USJA will also be eliminating the promotion fees for all Junior promotions and Senior Rokkyu-Ikkyu promotions.

7. Tables 4 & 5 were changed, combining various sections.

8. The Dan TIG/Points were revised to be consistently reducing points required as “Time In Grade” increases.

9. All required forms have been revised to reflect the above changes.

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CRE & Rank Promotion Changes

All CRE’s,

After receiving suggestions from our membership and updates from various committees, we are excited to be releasing the new “United States Judo Association Judo Rank Promotion System – Judo Manual, 11th Edition”.

To continue to be the leading Judo association in the United States and remain competitive with the other judo organizations, we are making a few major changes to our promotion process. We believe our black belts are more than qualified to evaluate and promote the students within their clubs. Therefore, we have eliminated the CRE program as of October 2020 and all certified USJA blackbelts will have the authority to promote any active Junior or Senior Kyu USJA member, up to one rank below their own. Example: Shodan can evaluate and promote any active Junior or Senior Kyu USJA member up to the rank of Ikkyu. We also believe that our certified USJA blackbelts are qualified to evaluate and recommend for promotion any Shodan – Godan, up to one rank below theirs.  (Refer to page 79, Rank Table: Dan Rank Age, TIG Points, Rank and Number of Sign off Required). We are excited to announce thatUSJA will also be eliminating the promotion fees for all Junior and Senior Rokkyu-Ikkyu promotions. (Refer to pages 143-148, Entering Junior and Senior KYU Promotions.) Please review the Summary of Changes below.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES

1. All references to the USJA Certified Rank Examiner Program were removed effective 21 October 2020.

Implementing Instructions for Current USJA CREs

For all USJA CREs who were certified at any CRE level prior to 16 February 2018, those members may enter their USJA CRE activities on their USJA Judo Activity Log and earn CRE Points upon certifying, Points/year, and points for each RFP sign off activities up to and including October 2020.

With the exception of earning points for each RFP sign off, all USJA members who were certified as a CRE at any level during the period of 16 February 2018 to 1 November 2020, may claim CRE “Points upon certifying” and “Points/year” promotion points beginning on their date of certification, ending two years after that date (i.e., if certified on 1 January 2020 the ending date would be 31 December 2021). For RFP sign off activities, only those RFP sign off activities that occurred prior to 1 November 2020 may be entered on the member’s Judo Activity Log with earned points.


Points upon certifying Points/Year
Certified Rank Examiner 2 1
Regional Certified Rank Examiner 6 3
National Rank Examiner 8 4
Master Rank Examiner 10 5
Each RFP sign off
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2. The Regional Coordinator was added as a point of contact if a USJA member had any questions concerning the required paperwork and documentation for promotions. The Regional Coordinators are a separate committee under the USJA (see https://www.usja.net/committee/regional).

We would like to thank all the CRE’s for their work with the various clubs in assisting our Instructor’s and Coaches with the promotions for their students.

Donna C. Turk

USJA Promotion Board Chairperson

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Announcement

The Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association is pleased to announce that Donna Turk has been installed as the Chair of the Promotion Board. Donna has a distinguished history of service and accomplishment as a member of the United States Judo Association. Having received her shodan in 1980, Donna has availed herself over the last 40 years to a substantial degree of competition and service at both the national and international levels.

Donna has also been closely associated with the editing and promotion of the USJA Promotion Manual. Donna’s service in this capacity, coupled with her extensive background in the USJA, make her an ideal fit for the USJA Promotion Board.

We look forward to working with Donna Turk as we all strive together for the sake of American Judo!

For Judo,

Bob Rush
President, USJA &
The Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association

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Election Notice

NOTICE OF USJA BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTION – 2021                                       

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that an election is to be held for the United States Judo Association Board of Directors.  The election shall be for five (5) Directors.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, To be eligible to be on the ballot for election as a Director, or to be appointed as a Director to fill a vacancy, or to serve as a Director, an individual must, throughout his or her term of office: (i) be a current, primary, USJA Active Annual or Active Sustaining Life Member in good standing, (ii) have been an USJA Active Annual or Active Sustaining Life Member of the Corporation for not less than five (5) consecutive years prior to election or appointment to the Board of Directors, (iii) be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, (iv) be a citizen of the United States, (v) complete a successful background screening, (vi) not be an employee of USJA, and, (vii) if a previous Director, not have been removed from the Board of Directors for cause within the previous ten (10) years.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that eligible individuals may have their names placed on the ballot for election to the Board of Directors by submitting to the National Office a petition signed by at least one hundred (100) current Senior Annual Members and/or Senior Life Members of the Corporation. All such petitions must be received at the USJA National Office no later than July 31st of the election year for which they are intended. No employee of the Corporation is eligible to submit a petition to the Board of Directors to seek election as a Director of the Corporation. The petition requesting placement on the ballot must include or be accompanied by a statement signed by the prospective Board Member stating that he or she desires to become a Board member and that he or she will attend meetings of the Board of Directors as required in these Bylaws. All such petitions shall be examined by the USJA National Office for verification of the validity of the required signatures, names, and membership status. 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that all original petitions for nomination must be received by the USJA by July 31, 2021.  All ballots must be postmarked by September 30, 2021 and sent to:

USJA Elections
2059 Merrick Road #313
Merrick, NY 11566

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the New Directors are to take office by October 15, 2021.

NOTICE IF FURTHER GIVEN, that sample form petitions, elections procedures, and notices will be available on the official USJA website.

Dated:  July 26, 2020

United States Board of Directors

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The American Judo Development Model

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in partnership with the National Governing Bodies, created the American Development Model in 2014 to help Americans realize their full athletic potential and utilize sport as a path toward an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Guidelines in regards to the current pandemic

The USJA is suggesting that members follow USA Judo’s guidelines in regards to the current pandemic.

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