February 2023 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

Correction on December 2022 Dan Promotions:

Dr. Anthony AlbanoYodanTomodachi Judo Club
Herbert RodriquezYodanTomodachi Judo Club
Michael KorniczkyYodanKorniczky Family Judo

Congratulations to the following February 2023 Dan promotions:

Paul RiveraSandanBushido Dojo of Staten Island
Benjamin Wilhelm RothrockSandanGreensboro Judo Club
Kenneth C. LitoffSandanHarrisburg Judo Kai
Jerrod WilsonNidanEncino Judo Club
Adam K. StevensonNidanFox Valley Judo/Jujitsu Club WI
Christian HalbalNidanDai Nan Wan Ryu Judo and Jujitsu
Bijan ParsaNidanTomodachi Judo Club
Joseph James Earl Luciano               NidanChikarakogeki
Kristina BakerShodanShining Together Judo Club
Michael CarimShodanDento Teki Na Judo Jujitsu Dojo
Tyler Andrew MiltonShodanMakoto Kai Judo
Matthew ArellanoShodanTampa Florida Judo
Tomas Aguila SalgadoShodanKino Judo Dojo
Miguel E. AguilarShodanKino Judo Dojo
Brett C. HerrinShodanCarolinas American Judo Association
Raiden Vander HorckShodanMakoto Kai Judo

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.

Quarterly Promotion Call
The 2023 Q3 USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in July 2023. For Rokudan (6th dan) and above, your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by June 1, 2023, to be considered.

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 Rank Promotions?
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.

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USJA/USJF Agreement

The Presidents of the USJA and USJF, with the assistance of their boards and staff, have signed a bilateral agreement of cooperation which includes the ability to attend each other’s tournaments and to accept each other’s ranks and certifications. Nothing changes in the relationship between USJA and USJF.

We know that you have a multitude of questions as to the state of Judo in the United States. We wish we could answer all of them now, but we can’t. This will be the first of several emails you will be receiving. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.

On March 10th, 2023, USA Judo announced it was terminating the American Judo Alliance Agreement with the United States Judo Association (USJA) and the United States Judo Federation (USJF). As such, the historic agreement that was a step towards unifying Judo in the United States was scrapped.

Please know that the USJA and the USJF did everything possible to preserve the agreement. Unfortunately, we were as surprised as others when USA Judo unilaterally announced the termination of our agreement. But as judoka, we know how to fall, and we certainly know how to get back up, so we redirected our efforts from preserving the triad agreement to creating a new bilateral agreement with the USJF.

We will preserve the former benefits of the triad agreement, albeit without the participation of USA Judo. While USA Judo has decided to go it alone, the USJA and the USJF will continue to work together toward the mutual benefit and welfare of all judoka in the United States. While we are disappointed by the decision of USA Judo, our door will remain open towards future negotiations that hopefully bring USA Judo back into the fold.

We are still working through the details of how this affects all of us. But we can share that:

USA Judo will not insure their members at USJA or USJF events. Neither the USJA nor the USJF has changed anything in this regard. This is the decision of USA Judo.

We understand that there are many upcoming events, and we want to see USA Judo members participate. We will be offering a membership for USA Judo members for $25, giving them full membership until August 1st. We feel that is enough time for the smoke to settle, which will minimize the effect on imminent upcoming USJA and USJF events. USA Judo members can use the coupon code of JUDO4ALL at checkout when joining on USJA.NET

SafeSport will still be required as it was in the past. We are working with the US Center for SafeSport regarding this.

We ask for your understanding that the office staff is a few days behind in processing applications, promotions, and sanctions. The workload has tripled in the past few days.

Several people need to be acknowledged, for without their effort, there would be no USJA/USJF agreement. We apologize if we missed anyone who was instrumental in this historic agreement. In alphabetical order:

Walter Dean
Michael Goldsmith
Michael Hall
David Matsumoto
Mitchell Palacio

We will update you as more information comes to light. We expect that will be before the end of the week.

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December 2022 & January 2023 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

2022 was a record-breaking year for Blackbelt promotions!  Thank you to all of our Head Coaches and Certified Rank Examiners for your continued support to grow your club members and USJA.  Let’s keep up the great work in 2023!

Congratulations to the following December 2022 Dan promotions:

Lance OlsonYodanSamurai Judo Association
Ernesto EspinozaYodanKenshukai Judo Club
Michael KorniczkyYodanTomodachi Judo Club
Herbert RodriquezYodanTomodachi Judo Club
Robert J. MatriscianiYodanBushido Dojo of Staten Island
James FosterSandanTampa Florida Judo
Alexander Tudor SimionSandanGreater Detroit Budojuku
Rebecca HackeNidanSanta Rosa Judo Club
Edward ChearsNidanSamurai Judo Association
Colin CarlisleShodanSanta Rosa Judo Club
Patricia Yuki MoranShodanGoltz Judo
Gerald BrownShodanSamurai Judo Association
Patrick WareShodanBuckeye Thunderbird Judo
Zachary WardShodanShinko Shin Judo
Madelynn PerryShodanJefferson City Judo
Christopher HutchcraftShodanEMU/WCC Judo Club
Joe HibbittsShodanYuma Judo Club

Congratulations to the following January 2023 Dan promotions:

Edmund FellmuthShichidanEdgerton Judo Club
James WeidnerRokudanStevens Point Judo Club
Philippe MorottiRokudanHollywood Judo
Hannah MartinYodanJason Morris Judo Team
James Law, Jr.YodanTuscarawas Judo Team
Shandra StevensonSandanFox Valley Judo/Jujitsu Club WI
Joel PatchenSandanYuma Judo Club
Robert MalachwiejewSandanKata Chicago Judo Club
David CainasSandanCainas Judo Academy
Jonathan DyerNidanGoltz Judo
Randy HaskinsNidanTaka Judo Club
Joseph SchultzNidanSF Hapkido & Judo Club
Sylburn PeterkinNidanNassan County PAL Judo Club
Shariyf QabidNidanAndalucia Judo Club
Charles LeonNidanRenshu Ryu Judo
Vincent ShaNidanTrafford Judo Club LLC
Dr. Steven LevkoffNidanUnidos Judo Club
Guy Shilts IIINidanEdgerton Judo Club
Christian RubioShodanSanta Clarita Valley Judo Club
Joel PettitShodanKeene YMCA Judo Club
Milad BozorgiShodanTim Joe’s Judo School
Brogan Louis EndresShodanOhio Judan Judo Club
Tim WrightShodanStevens Point Judo Club
Tomasz GustawShodanKata Chicago Judo Club
Erdenesuren MunkhdavaaShodanKonjo Dojo
Kanokwan GeeShodanMilestone Martial Arts

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

USJA implemented a one-page form, “Coach Recommendation” for all Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan promotions to 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 (Worksheet) and verification of those records for Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan, are being moved to the Head Coach and individual Judoka. 

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. 

Quarterly Promotion Call

The 2023 Q2 USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in April 2023.  All paperwork must be submitted to the National Office no later than March 1, 2023.

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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November 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

Congratulations to the following November 2022 Dan promotions:

Stephen R. BergrenGodanMarion PAL Club Judo
Roger Lenfest IIIGodanDerry Judo
Theodore SchwalmYodanJita Kyoei Dojo
Dr. Anthony Albano, Jr.YodanTomodachi Judo Club
Gary R. AmickYodanMarion PAL Club Judo
Cynthia BonnerYodanBuckeye Thunderbird Judo
Merry HillSandanDesert Judo Club
Phil HorrellSandanTrafford Judo Club LLC
Micah T. FukuyamaSandanIndustry Sheriffs PAL
Pamela G. O’HaraNidanDerry Judo Club
Thomas KnowltonNidanPro-Fit Judo
Amy StoweNidanCEM Judo
Noah CalibusoNidanGoltz Judo
Joel UngarNidanTrafford Judo Club LLC
Radu SimionNidanGreater Detroit Budojuku
Zac MumfordShodanPiqua Judo Jujitsu
Payten ScarbroughShodanBuckeye Thunderbird Judo
Rayce EchavarriaShodanCEM Judo
Caleb WuShodanEmerald City Judo
Marco Antonio Meza, Jr.ShodanUnidos Judo Club
Mathew PierceShodanEdgerton Judo Club
Rani AbdellatifShodanEmerald City Judo
Kevin Takao AramoriShodanEmerald City Judo
Onur BaranShodanSan Machi Budo Kai
Rocky Abild ShodanEmerald City Judo
Jamie Alan WillefordShodanPensacola Judo Training Center

Quarterly Promotion Call

The 2023 Q1 USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in January 2023. 

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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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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