Board of Directors Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting

March 16th, 1 pm
Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral
532 SE 47th Terrace
Cape Coral, FL 33904
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2017 USJA/USJF Winter Nationals



This premier event is held the first weekend in December in sunny Southern California by Los Angeles at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center. It was created and is hosted by Goltz Judo and is endorsed by the USJA/USJF Grassroots Judo™ alliance . You expect to see over 700 competitors from all over the country as well as different parts of the world such as Europe, Asia, South America, even a team from Fuji! In addition to the national tournament for all age groups and skill levels, clinics are held on coaching, refereeing, kata, and just about anything pertaining to the study of judo.

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July 6th, 2017 Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association will be held on the 6th day of July 2017, at Seven o’clock (7:00) P.M., at the USJA/USJF Summer Nationals.  Exact room to be announced.

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SSCI available online

Coach and Black Belt SSCI background checks can now be ordered online at

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2017 USJA/USJF Grassroots Judo Summer Nationals

Information about the 2017 USJA/USJF Grassroots Judo Summer Nationals is available here.

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Annual Meeting – March 31st, 2017

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association will be held on the 31st day of March 2017, at One o’clock (1:00) P.M., at Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral Dojo, 532 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904.

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Gary Berliner Appointed Head Referee

USJA President John Paccione is pleased to announce that International A Referee Gary Berliner, 8th dan has accepted the position of Head Referee for the USJA.  Gary is a member of the NGB’s Referee Commission and was a referee at the Rio (Para) Olympics last summer.

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Bob Rush joins the Board of Directors

Bob Rush from CEM Judo in California has joined the Board of Directors to fill the seat left by the passing of Michelle Holtze.   We welcome him and look forward to working with him.

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Kayla Harrison, Two Time Olympic Champion, Receives Rokudan

RIO DE JANEIRO —  American Kayla Harrison has another gold medal. Call it one more for the road. Expected to retire following these Olympics and become the next female star in professional mixed martial arts, Harrison defeated France’s Audrey Tcheumeo to win a second judo gold medal in the 78-kilogram weight class in front of a disappointed Brazilian crowd that was hoping to watch Harrison take on Mayra Aguiar.

Harrison, 26, had predicted a matchup with Aguiar more than a year ago as the two have been longtime rivals and had split their first 14 meetings. It would have recalled echoes of 2012, when she beat Britain’s Gemma Gibbons in London in the gold medal match. Instead, she faced Tcheumeo and did not seem to be getting the best of the action until the final seconds when she finally got Tcheumeo on the ground for a decisive win by ippon.

Harrison rolled into the semifinals, defeating Anamari Velensek of Slovenia in 1 minute, 43 seconds with an armbar move that immediately ended the match. Her earlier matches weren’t any longer, confirming her dominance in this tournament.

– Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports, 8/11/16

When Kayla Harrison returned home with two Olympic gold medals she had something special waiting for her. On August 31st the United States Judo Association’s promotion board had decided to reward Harrison with the rank of Rokudan, sixth degree black belt. The USJA promotion board, comprised of multiple Olympians, decided this not only on her competitive prowess but her embodiment of the principles of Judo. The United States Judo Association is proud to promote Kayla Harrison to Rokudan and support her as one of the best ambassadors of our art.


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Passing of Michelle Holtze

From USJA President John Paccione “I am sorry to announce that I received word that USJA Board of Directors Officer Michelle Holtze has passed on. I will forward more information as it becomes available.”

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