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 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 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:, Dashboard, Committees, CRE.

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