October 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

Congratulations to the following October 2022 Dan promotions:

Sean Michael RuizShodanGoltz Judo
Christopher CapobiancoShodanKodokan Judo of Cape Coral
Issam El BizriShodanGoltz Judo
Carson ShecklerShodanMorillo Judo Club
Jesse GrinsteadShodanKodokan Judo of Cape Coral
Priscilla M. FosterShodanTampa Florida Judo
Tiffanie Kit-ying TamShodanHigh Noon BJJ & Fitness
Jason LiechtyShodanOhio Judan Judo Club
Yannick AdjeiShodanPro-Fit Judo
Nick BanilovShodanBushido Dojo of Staten Island
Joey HowellShodanReagan Martial Arts
Marcos TagabanShodanYuma Judo Club
Andrew YangShodanJundokai Judo & Jujitsu Club
Gerardo DelgadilloShodanBuckeye Thunderbird Judo
Zac MumfordShodanPiqua Judo Jujitsu
James Lee FitzgeralNidanVirgil’s Judo Club
Nick DavisNidanGreensboro Judo Club
Michel LaurinNidanSanta Clarita Valley Judo Club
Joshua HeebnerSandanSOHK Judo Club
J. Andrew LawSandanOhio Judan Judo Club
Bruno ReaganSandanReagan Martial Arts
Shawn GregorySandanGoltz Judo
Hee Yong JangSandanTaki Gawa
Gary W. RenisYodanSan Bernardino Judo Club
Delbert L. Conkright IIIYodanHonor Martial Arts
Hans VogtGodanTomodachi Judo Club
Ernie HensonGodanSOHK Judo Club
Bruce BenderShichidanMarion PAL Club Judo
Stephen LockeShichidanTomodachi Judo Club
Randy PierceHachidanKonjo Dojo

Quarterly Promotion Call

The 2023 Q1 USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in January 2023.  For Rokudan (6th dan) and above, your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by December 1, 2022, to be considered.

Certified Rank Examiner Program

For ranks above Sandan, if you are not currently a Certified Rank Examiner, go to the USJA.net site, download and complete the CRE Application & a mock Promotion Packet, forward to the National Office and someone from the CRE Committee will follow up with you on next steps. For additional information, logon to: USJA.net, Dashboard, Committees, CRE.

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September 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

USJA Judo ranks are a measure of a student’s achievement in Judo.  They are a testimony of skill, knowledge, and sportsmanship, attained through diligent study, practice, tournament participation and devotion to Judo

Congratulations to the following September 2022 Dan promotions:

Joseph BelleroseShodanThe Jui-Jitsu Academy
Thomas James SeitzingerShodanBushido Kai Judo, Inc.
Eric Matthew TheallShodanSOHK Judo Club
Anthony Craig JohnsonNidanGreensboro Judo Club
John GuzakNidanHarper-Tomodachi Judo Club
Norman SutphinSandanGreensboro Judo Club
Terry D. CarrSandanDesert Judo Club
Greg BeckerYodanIwayama Dojo

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

We have implemented a one-page form, “Coach Recommendation for Promotion” for all Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan promotions that will be completed by the Head Coach and/or Certified Rank Examiner.  It is important to understand, we are not reducing our requirements for these three Dan promotions but instead, streamlining the process for the Head Coach and/or Certified Rank Examiner. 

The responsibility for tracking an individual judokas’ Personal Judo Promotion Record and verification of those records for Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan, are being moved to the Head Coach and individual Judoka.  We realize using the Activity Log/Summary EXCEL spreadsheet is difficult for some of our members so we are implementing the option to use a “Personal Judo Promotion Record” that you will be able to download from USJA.net “found under the Printable forms link” and either type or hand print your data. 

Feel free to contact your Regional Coordinator, a Certified Rank Examiner or a member of the Promotion Board as they can guide you through each step of the process. 

Quarterly Promotion Call

The 2023 Q1 USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in January 2023.  For Rokudan (6th dan) and above, your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by December 1, 2022, to be considered.

Certified Rank Examiner Program

For ranks above Sandan, if you are not currently a Certified Rank Examiner, go to the USJA.net site, download and complete the CRE Application & a mock Promotion Packet, forward to the National Office and someone from the CRE Committee will follow up with you on next steps. For additional information, logon to: USJA.net, Dashboard, Committees, CRE.

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Congratulations to all of our new USJA Blackbelt from August!

Congratulations to the following August 2022 Dan promotions:

Julian Mateo CrisostomoShodanJason Morris Judo Club
Alexis Perez-CruzShodanRonin Armed Forces Combative Judo Club
Daniel PollacciaShodanGoltz Judo
Ryan BestShodanJudan Judo of Ohio
Jason DeavoursShodanSOHK Judo Club
Schuyler MooreShodanSOHK Judo Club
James Gaither IIIShodanPhiladelphia Judo Club
Constance KeatingNidanSanta Rosa Judo Club
Troy PettyjohnNidanIwayama Dojo
Vasile CiocoiuNidanKogaion Academy
Nelson SanchezNidanRyoku Judo Club
Chris TalentNidanMikawa Judo Academy WA
Anibal RomanNidanRoman’s Submission School
Benjamin L. WhiteNidanOhio Judan Judo Club
John W. ConstantinoSandanTampa Florida Judo
Willie F. Abney Jr.SandanWilliamsburg Judo Club
Jennifer PaccioneSandanKodokan Judo of Cape Coral
Earl G. Wright Jr.SandanPensacola Judo Training Center
Demonn L. SmithSandanWhite Dragon Judo
Glenn A. TrotterSandanWhite Dragon Judo
Erwin A. IniquezSandanKino Judo Dojo
Vince AshcraftSandanPiqua Judo Jujitsu
Wesley WilsonSandanHigh Noon BJJ & Fitness
Doug BedsaulYodanDowntown Martial Arts Academy
Douglas MooreYodanSOHK Judo Club
Jeffrey A. JohnsYodanArmstrong County Judo Club
Robert HuntYodanBudokan Judo Club
Christopher Edward RoundYodanHigh Noon BJJ & Fitness
Joao Ernani Pinho Da SilvaYodanSilva Academy
Tony FarahGodanGoltz Judo
David W. GuerreroRokudanGoltz Judo
Thomas GustinHachidanStevens Point Judo Club
Sid KellyKudanThe Amerian Renrukan

BIG 3 (Heads Up Concussion Certification, SafeSport Certification, Background Screen)

Just a reminder, if you do any of the BIG 3 with USA Judo or USJF, make sure you send a copy of your certification to support@usja.net to ensure it is recorded on your USJA Profile. 

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July 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

USJA Judo ranks are a measure of a student’s achievement in Judo.  They are a testimony of skill, knowledge, and sportsmanship, attained through diligent study, practice, tournament participation and devotion to Judo.

Congratulations to the following July 2022 Dan promotions:

Noah N. SchieboutShodanSF Hapkido & Judo Club
Ben KeatingNidanSanta Rosa Judo Club
Isaac L. HendersonSandanSOHK Judo Club

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

We have implemented a one-page form, Coach Recommendation for Promotion for all Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan promotions that will be completed by the Head Coach and/or Certified Rank Examiner.  It is important to understand, we are not reducing our requirements for these three Dan promotions but instead, streamlining the process for the Head Coach and/or Certified Rank Examiner. 

The responsibility for tracking an individual judokas’ Personal Judo Promotion Record and verification of those records for Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan, are being moved to the Head Coach and individual Judoka.  We realize using the Activity Log/Summary EXCEL spreadsheet is difficult for some of our members, so we are implementing the option to use a Personal Judo Promotion Record worksheet  and either type or hand print your data.   

Both forms can be downloaded from USJA.net found under the “Printable forms” link, Black Belt 1D-3D Promotion Package.

Feel free to contact your Regional Coordinator, a Certified Rank Examiner or a member of the Promotion Board as they can guide you through each step of the process.  For ranks above Sandan, if you are not currently a Certified Rank Examiner, go to the USJA.net site, download and complete your application to become a Certified Rank Examiner.

Quarterly Promotion Call

The Q4 USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in October 2022.  For Rokudan (6th dan) and above, your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by September 1, 2022, to be considered.

Certified Rank Examiner Program

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Rank Examiner, complete the CRE Application & a mock Promotion Packet, forward to the National Office and someone from the CRE Committee will follow up with you on next steps. For additional information, logon to: USJA.net, Dashboard, Committees, CRE.

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2022 USJF & USJA Grassroots Judo Championships

We are proud to announce the USJF & USJA Grassroots Nationals is coming up July 22nd-24th!

Please see the attachments and visit the website for more information.

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USJA Club Spotlight: Bushido Kai Judo, Inc

Location: Penfield, NY
Founder/Owner: Heiko Rommelmann Jr
Interview by Hannah Martin

Bushido Kai Judo, Inc. has been around in one form or another since 1978. The club is run by chief instructor Heiko Rommelmann Jr. with the help of main instructors Jeff Giunta and Jeff Bradway. The club also has numerous black belts that also help coach. Bushido Kai Judo Inc. is the 6th largest USJA club with one of their greatest achievements being USA Judo’s National Over-All Kata Champions for 18 years!

What makes your club unique?

HR: “What makes Bushido Kai Judo, Inc unique is the fact that they are a recreational club that runs out of Penfield Recreation Center. Participants range from first time judo players to world level. It is a family-oriented club with many parents and children working out together. Currently the club has over 100 members and is the 6th largest club in the USJA.”

What are some of Bushido Kai Judo, Inc’s biggest achievements?

The biggest achievement of Bushido Kai Judo, Inc is Sensei Heiko Rommelmann, Jr and Sensei Jeff Giunta’s kata record: They have been USA Judo’s National Over-All Kata Champions for 18 years. They have been on seven Pan-Am Teams (highlights include gold in 07, 08 and 18), eight World Teams and have won World Masters. They have been all over the world and taught at many camps and clinics all over the US.

Bushido Kai also has had several other successful kata teams that have won Nationals, and some have represented the US at the highest levels in kata. These teams include Kerry Forster and Kirsten Weisbeck, Kerry Forster and Jennifer Chast, Kevin Ozs and Chris Arena, Heiko Rommelmann, Jr and Mark Chast. In fact, in 2009 half of the US Kata Team that was selected and competed came from Bushido Kai.

Although Bushido Kai produces many kata champions, they are not strictly a kata club. Many of the students have very impressive shiai records including Will Setter was ranked #3 in the US in 2010, Cory Giunta -Junior national champion, Heiko Karl Rommelmann – Junior national champion, Molly Sauter – Junior national champion, Melissa Eschbach – Junior national champion. Numerous other students have won at the local, state, national, Pan-Am, and World Masters level.

Where do you see your club in the future? Future goals of the club.

HR: “In the future, we hope to have students that get to experience the same opportunities that we have had the fortune to experience through judo. We hope to produce people with good human character. People who uphold the core values of judo: courage, respect, modesty, friendship, honor, sincerity, self-control, and politeness.”

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May 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

USJA Judo ranks are a measure of a student’s achievement in Judo.  They are a testimony of skill, knowledge, and sportsmanship, attained through diligent study, practice, tournament participation and devotion to Judo

Congratulations to the following April 2022 Dan promotions:

Christopher JonesShodanNorth Star Martial Arts
Robert MooreShodanPro-Fit Judo
Christopher E. JonesNidan Roanoke Judo Club
Michael ElliottNidanBowling Green Kentucky Judo Club
Michael L. StoneRokudanHarrisburg Brazilian Jui Jitsu & Judo LLC

Certified Rank Examiner Program – Update

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Rank Examiner, complete the CRE Application & a mock Promotion Packet, forward to the National Office and someone from the CRE Committee will follow up with you on next steps. For additional information, logon to: USJA.net, Dashboard, Committees, CRE.

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

Club promotions are not a valid rank credential.  To ensure your students continue to be motivated, conduct timely promotions.  We have students that have been in the same rank for multiple years.

No jump promotions (skipping a grade) are permitted in the USJA Rank System.  Once a student is registered in any Judo rank, he/she can be promoted only to the next higher rank and must fulfill all of the requirements for that rank before being promoted.

July Quarterly Promotion Call – The next USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in July 2022.  Promotion applications for Rokudan and above will be considered during this call. Your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by June 1, 2022, to be considered during the July call.

If you have lost or forgotten your sign-on to USJA.net, contact the USJA National Office and they will assist you with retrieving your username and password.   

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April 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

USJA Judo ranks are a measure of a student’s achievement in Judo.  They are a testimony of skill, knowledge, and sportsmanship, attained through diligent study, practice, tournament participation and devotion to Judo.

Correction from March Newsletter – We had Mr. Schiebout’s promotion listed in the incorrect club.

Ryan SchieboutSandanSioux Falls Hapikido & Judo Club

Congratulations to the following March 2022 Dan promotions:

Scott BruckerhoffShodanKonjo
Andre HengchuaShodanMilestone Martial Arts
Greg G. GarnettShodan Victoria Judo & Jujitsu Club
Karl M. GrebnerShodanDowntown Martial Arts Academy
Charles BraunNidanHudson Valley Judo Club

Certified Rank Examiner Program – Update

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Rank Examiner, complete the CRE Application, forward to the National Office and someone from the CRE Committee will follow up with you on next stesps. All levels of CRE are now required to renew their certification every four years. Be sure that your USJA Membership, Chartered Club Membership, Background Screening, CDC Heads Up and Safe Sport are all current.  For additional information, logon to: USJA.net, Dashboard, Committees, CRE.

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

Looking for the links for Background Screens, Safe Sport and Heads Up Concussion Training? Logon to USJA.net, go to your Dashboard, look for the Committees site on left side of your screen, drop down to CRE Committee, you will find the links to all three requirements at the bottom of that page.

Need help with Black Belt Promotions?

  • We have club black belts that have no one in their area to assist with their own promotions because their Sensei has moved, deceased, or stopped playing judo.
  • We have new black belts that were not trained in the promotion process or just have questions and not sure who to ask.
  • We have individuals that have not tested in years and no one following up with them.

Reach out to your local CRE’s or the CRE Committee to assist with these situations and others. A list of CRE’s and their location are posted on USJA.net, Committees, CRE.

July Quarterly Promotion Call – The next USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in July 2022. Promotion applications for Rokudan and above will be considered during this call. Your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by June 1, 2022, to be considered during the April call.

If you have lost or forgotten your sign-on to USJA.net, contact the USJA National Office and they will assist you with retrieving your username and password.

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March 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

USJA Judo ranks are a measure of a student’s achievement in Judo. They are a testimony of skill, knowledge, and sportsmanship, attained through diligent study, practice, tournament participation and devotion to Judo. Congratulations to the following February 2022 promotions:

Recent Dan Promotions

Bryan KilanShodanEmerald City Judo
Abner Gabriel De Oliveria CamposShodanEmerald City Judo
Shawn T. HaleShodanToshi Dojo
Joshua A. MontemayorShodan Toshi Dojo
Daniel BraunNidanHudson Valley Judo Club
James ParkNidanJudo Dojo Yukidaruma
Brian ButlerNidanArmstrong County Judo Club
Paul E. HabenSandanInochi Judo
Ryan SchieboutSandanSOHK Judo Club

Certified Rank Examiner Program – Update

The Certified Rank Examiner Program is up and running. There was an error in the announcement going out to all blackbelts concerning promotion points for CRE certification. USJA will maintain points for certification and annual points, but the individual sign-off points have been eliminated.

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Rank Examiner, complete the CRE Application and forward to the National Office. All levels of CRE are now required to renew their certification every four years. Be sure that your USJA Membership, Chartered Club Membership, Background Screening, CDC Heads Up and Safe Sport are all current. For additional information, logon to: USJA.net, Dashboard, Committees, CRE.

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

You can only use the on-line promotion option for juniors and kyu grades. You cannot use it for Dan ranks.

Claiming Promotion Points for Refereeing, Coaching & Certifications (You must be ACTIVE):

  • Refereeing or Judging – Local & Regional Referees & Judges must referee or judge in at least three (3) Local, Regional or above tournaments per year to claim points.
  • Coaching Champions – You are required to have a valid Coaching Certification to claim points for Coaching Champions.
  • Certifications – You are required to be an ACTIVE member on an annual basis to claim points. Example: If you are certified as a CRE, you must test/certify at least one blackbelt per year to claim points.

Background Screens are on-line only now. You cannot submit a BGS paper form.

If you have lost or forgotten your sign-on to USJA.net, contact the USJA National Office and they will assist you with retrieving your username and password.

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February 2022 Promotion Board Committee News

USJA Judo ranks are a measure of a student’s achievement in Judo. They are a testimony of skill, knowledge, and sportsmanship, attained through diligent study, practice, tournament participation and devotion to Judo. Congratulations to the following January 2022 promotions:

Recent Dan Promotions

Michael T. PittmanShodanRiver City Martial Arts/Grants Pass
Aaron S. BurkShodanIron Forged Martial Arts
Tony OliveriShodanBushido Kai Judo, Inc.
Steven HernandezNidanSOHK Judo Club
Eric MottSandanSamurai Judo Association
Ronald E. ChapmanRokudanChikarakogeki
Hector M. NegronRokudanSan Yama Bushi Judo Club
Jon W. SanfilippoHachidanWest Bend Judo Club

Certified Rank Examiner Program

The Certified Rank Examiner Program is up and running. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Rank Examiner, complete the CRE Application and forward to the National Office. All levels of CRE are now required to renew their certification every four years. Be sure that your USJA Membership, Chartered Club Membership, Background Screening, CDC Heads Up and Safe Sport are all current. For additional information, visit USJA.net, Committees, CRE.

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

The last version of our manual was completed on December 22, 2020. There have been a few updates since that time. Do I need to buy a new manual every time there is an update? No! Sign-in to your USJA profile, search for “Printable Forms”, at the top of the list, you will find “12/20 Rank Promotion System, Page Updates”. You can either download to your computer or you can print the pages off and replace the old pages in your manual.

If you have lost or forgotten your sign-on to USJA.net, contact the USJA National Office and they will assist you with retrieving your username and password.

Reinstatement of Junior and Senior KYU Promotion Fees

The Board of Directors met via a Zoom Conference Call on November 5, 2021. At that time, it was determined that the fees for Junior and Senior KYU promotions would be reinstated as of December 2, 2021.

Q2 Promotion Board Meeting set for April

The next USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in April 2022. Promotion applications for Rokudan and above will be considered during this call. Your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by February 18, 2022, to be considered.

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