Andrew Connelly, President of the United States Judo Association

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December 2021 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 November promotions:

Recent Dan Promotions

Shawn Allen WheeleShodanKonjo Dojo
Ismael Jesus MercadoShodanGoltz Judo
Clark A. DrizShodanSouthside Judo & Jujitsu School
Roger WalkerShodanSOHK Judo Club
Ricky HerndonNidanSamurai Judo Association
Luis Alfonso RodriquezNidanGatos Salvajes
Michael GoldsmithGodanNassau County PAL Judo Club

Certified Rank Examiner Program

We plan to reinstate the Certified Rank Examiner Program in 2022! If you are interested in becoming a Certified Rank Examiner, look for additional details in the next few months. In the meantime, make sure your USJA Membership, Chartered Club Membership, Background Screening, CDC Heads Up and Safe Sport are all current.

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Highlights from the 11/5/2021 Board of Directors meeting

  • Vacancies on the Board of Directors were filled. 
  • Reinstituted Kyu and Junior promotion fees.
  • Promotion Board activities.
  • Created a By-Laws Reviewed Committee. 

The complete Minutes for the November 5th, 2021 Board of Directors meeting may be found in the Archives section of the USJA website.

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Happy Thanksgiving

The USJA wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving this year. We are thankful for all of your support.

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OCTOBER 21, 2021- BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

UNITED STATES JUDO ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

0CTOBER 21, 2021
ZOOM CONFERENCE CALL

The October 21, 2021, Board of Directors Zoom meeting was called to order at 5:04 p.m. by President Andrew Connelly.

Peter Mantel called the Roll. The following members were present:

  • Jack Borsch
  • Andrew Connelly
  • Bonnie Korte
  • Peter Mantel
  • Rob Reilly
  • Celita Schutz
  • Ed Rodriguez was absent
  • Michael Hall was present as a guest

6 Members of the Board were present and constituted a quorum.

The minutes from the October 17, 2021 Board of Directors Meeting were read and approved with no corrections.

The Treasurer’s report was read and approved.

President Connelly made a Motion that the Minutes reflect that Mr. Rodriguez’s and Ms. Schutz’s terms of office on the Board expired when the new Board of Directors was elected. President Connelly asked if there was a Second to the Motion. Celita Schutz called Point of Order. Ms. Schutz was recognized by President Connelly.

Celita Schutz stated the point of order, “the action the board is about to make is in contradiction to what took place in December 2019 and was voted upon. It was affirmed again by the Courts in Ocean County, NJ on September 28, 2021. There are minutes of those meetings in place stating that the staggered board was approved by the previous Board of Directors. I want to have that noted.

President Connelly ruled the Point of Order was not well taken. President Connelly stated “the 2014 Bylaws state that in order to amend a Bylaw, the board must have a meeting and it must be posted on the website for 30 days for membership view and comment, and then a vote must take place at a second meeting to affirm or deny the amendment to the Bylaws. Those procedures were not followed. The December 2019 issue is null and void.”

President Connelly stated that there is a motion on the floor that the minutes reflect that Mr. Rodriguez’s and Ms. Schutz’s terms ended when the new board of directors was elected. The motion was seconded. After discussion, the vote was taken, and the Motion for the minutes reflect that Mr. Rodriguez and Ms. Schutz’s term of office have ended was approved.

President Connelly stated the next item on the agenda was the review of Bylaws to determine if the removal of various USJA members from their positions and take the necessary action. Rob Reilly moved the motion to approve the reinstatement of Jesse Goldstein as a member in good standing. The Motion was seconded. There was no discussion. The vote was taken and the motion to approve the reinstatement of Jesse Goldstein as a member in good standing passed.

President Connelly stated the next item was to discuss the reinstatement of Brian Money as the chair of the Ethics committee and to replace him as the current chair for Rob Matrisciani. Jack Borsch made a motion to approve reinstatement of Brian Money as Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee. The Motion was seconded. There was no discussion. The vote was taken and the motion to approve Brian Money as Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee passed.

President Connelly stated the next item of discussion was the reinstatement of Bobby Donaldson as a member of the USJA Promotion Board. Jack Borsch made a motion to reinstate Bobby Donaldson as a member of the Promotion Board. The Motion was seconded. There was no discussion. The vote was taken and the motion to reinstate Bobby Donaldson as a member of the Promotion Board passed.

President Connelly stated the next item on the agenda was to review and discuss the Bylaws regarding the authority of the Standards and Ethics Committee and reporting procedures of the board of directors to take necessary action. President Connelly asked to postpone discussion on this item until the next board meeting.

President Connelly stated the next agenda item was to review the procedures for vacant positions on the USJA board of directors. There are 2 open positions right now and with Mr. Goldstein coming back as a member in good standing of the USJA, he received the 5th (highest) number of votes and Paul Rivera received the seventh highest number of votes in the 2021 Election. Rob Reilly moved that President Connelly contact Jessie Goldstein and Paul Rivera to determine if they would be willing to serve on the Board. The Motion was seconded, there was no discussion. The Motion that President Connelly contact Jessie Goldstein and Paul Rivera to determine their willingness to serve on the Board of Directors was approved

President Connelly stated the next item was to review and discuss the USJA Committee and Committee chairs. He stated that he had been in contact with Mr. Brian Money to be the Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee. Brian Money was approved as the Chair of the Committee earlier in the Meeting.

President Connelly stated the next agenda item was the Publications committee, and recommended Connie Halporn be the Chair. Rob Reilly made a Motion to appoint Connie Halporn as Chair of the Publications committee. The Motion was seconded, and after discussion, the motion to approve Connie Halporn as Chair of the Publications Committee was approved.

President Connelly stated the next agenda item was the Referee Committee. Mr. Rick Celotto, and IJF A referee in Connecticut has consented to becoming the chair of the referee committee. Rob Reilly made the motion to approve Rick Celotto as Chair of the Referee Committee. The motion was seconded, and the motion approve Rick Celotto as the Referee Chair was approved.

A notice of the date for the next Board Meeting will be sent at a later time.

The Meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. EST

Respectfully submitted:

Peter Mantel
Secretary
USJA Board of Directors

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Basic Review of Prohibited Acts.

JIM BREGMAN INVITES YOU TO…

Basic Review of Prohibited Acts.
presented by IJF-A Referee RICK CELOTTO
Sunday, November 7, 2021
at 6:00 PM Eastern USA time

This will be a review of the 30 Shido prohibited acts and the 13 Hansoku make prohibited acts. This review will concentrate on the more frequently applied prohibited acts.

Shido 24-30 and Hansoku make 1-13
See a list of the penalties to be reviewed at:
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same document in Word format at
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Quarterly Promotion Announcement January 2022

The next USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in January, 2022. Promotion applications for Rokudan and above will be considered during this call.

This is not an automatic process. You must:

  • Be a current member of the USJA.
  • Have obtained the required age, time in grade, and promotion points for the rank being tested.
  • Have current Heads-Up, Safe Sport, Background Screen certifications.
  • Have all claimed USJA Certifications up to date and current.

To be considered you must submit the current version of the Request for Promotion (RFP) with appropriate signatures (electronic signatures are not valid), Activity Log, processing fee, Judo biography, photo (passport type), any supporting documentation, and the name and phone number for those high-ranking black belts that can speak on your behalf of your ongoing service and contributions to Judo.

Your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by December 1, 2021 to be considered during the January call.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Respectfully,

Donna C. Turk

Chair, USJA Promotion Board

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November 2021 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 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 October promotions:

Recent Dan Promotions

Michael A. LaRoccaShodanBuzzards Bay Judo & Jujitsu
Nicole L. MooreShodanStockton Judo Club
Timothy KennedyShodanSOHK Judo Club
Michael A. TinkerShodanBuzzards Bay Judo & Jujitsu
Mark A. PlanteShodanBuzzards Bay Judo & Jujitsu
Antonio CardenasShodanYuma Judo Club
Alex Ray HenleyShodan Insight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Eduardo Salazar RochaNidanKino Judo Dojo
Eddie AvelarNidan Ground Dwellers Judo
David ParrittHachidanSamurai Judo & Jujitsu

Changes on the Promotion Board

After several years of serving on the Promotion Board as a member and the Vice Chairperson. Lynn Roethke has decided to step down and allow others this opportunity for growth. Lynn has dedicated her life to Judo and teaching others. As a two time Olympian and medalist, it has been an honor to have her as a member of the USJA Promotion Board. Thank you, Lynn, for your service to the Promotion Board and the Judo community.

With the recent Board of Directors election, the Promotion Board lost one of their senior members, Andrew Connelly. As he takes on the role of USJA President, we want to wish him well in this new endeavor. Although it is a loss for the Promotion Board, it is a positive move for our organization and the Board of Directors. Best of luck Andrew in your new role.

I would like to introduce the newest member of the Promotion Board. Please welcome Heiko Rommelmann, Jr. to the team. Heiko is the head coach at Bushido Kai Judo, Inc. in Penfield, New York. Bushido Kai Judo is a class “A” club with 77 current members.

As an athlete, Heiko participated in Judo Shiai and Kata as well as Jujitsu. Some of the highlights of his career as an athlete include: 18 Time Over-all National Kata Champion, he represented the US at 7 Pan-Am Championships for Kata winning a Gold Medal in the 2007 and 2008 games. He has represented the US at 8 World Kata Championships and is the 2005 World Masters Kata Champion (Kime-no-kata). Heiko is a 7-time Empire State Games medalist and a 7-time Am-Cam International medalist.

He currently serves on the Kata Certification Committee as Chairperson, a member of the National Awards Committee, a Regional Coordinator and Kata Instructor/Judge.

Heiko brings a wealth of judo experience to the Promotion Board. Please join me in welcoming Heiko Rommelmann, Jr. to the team.

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October 2021, Board of Directors Minutes

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September 2021 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:

Recent Dan Promotions

Calvin Robinson Jr.ShodanTomodachi Judo Club
Russell F. BeckShodanChikarakogeki
Michael A. TinkerShodanBuzzards Bay Judo & Jujitsu
Mark A. PlanteShodanBuzzards Bay Judo & Jujitsu
Antonio CardenasShodanYuma Judo Club
Alex Ray HenleyShodanInsight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Eduardo Salazar RochaNidanKino Judo Dojo
Eddie AvelarNidanGround Dwellers Judo
Destinee TartuffeYodanGood Time Judo
David ParrittHachidanSamurai Judo & Jujitsu

What can I do to continue to evolve or advance in Judo? You can go through the various certification programs for Coaching, Refereeing, and Kata. Become certified instructors for those programs and hold clinics in your region. If possible, travel to the various camps and assist with teaching the classes. The National Committees are constantly looking for “active” volunteers. There is so much work to be done and most of it can be done right in your dojo or home. Get involved! Get your students involved!

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