Quarterly Promotion Date Annoucement

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.

This is not an automatic process. You must:

Rokudan – Judan

  • Be a current member of the USJA.
  • Have obtained the required age, time in grade, and promotion points for the rank being reviewed.
  • Have current Heads-Up, Safe Sport, Background Screen certifications posted on your profile on USJA.net.
  • 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/Point Summary Log (Rokudan – Hachidan)
  • Processing fee
  • Judo biography & photo (passport type)
  • Any supporting documentation
  • Two written recommendations or the name and phone numbers for those high-ranking black belts that can speak on your behalf of your ongoing service and contributions to Judo. One of these individuals can attend the call as an Advocate and speak on your behalf if you would like. (Hachidan – Judan)

Your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by February 18, 2022, to be considered during the April call.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Respectfully,

Donna C. Turk

Chair, USJA Promotion Board

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USJA Club Spotlight: Riverside Youth Judo Club

Location: Riverside, California
Founder/Owner: Brian Money

The Riverside Youth Judo Club is the largest USJA club. They have the largest and most focused Special Needs (Adaptative) judo program – one of the largest in the World. They sponsor 100% over 60% of their students who have challenges with paying for full tuition and materials such as Judo Gis. All instructors and staff are completely volunteer.

Each year they host the only Special Needs judo tournament- U.S. Special Needs Judo Championships (Except during Covid) They also host the largest All-Female judo tournament each year. The tournament is called the All-Women’s Breast and Ovarian Cancer Charity Tournament. They had over 200 female competitors at their last tournament (before COVID) and raised $15,000 for charity.

How has your dojo overcome the COVID crisis? How long were you closed? When did you reopen?

BM: The Covid issue was very challenging since we are part of a police organization. We had to completely shut down for almost a year when the pandemic first hit. We did Zoom judo to keep as many of our students engaged as possible, but it wasn’t the same. We were permitted by the State and County to reopen in June 2021 and have been doing in person classes since. We purchased two large HEPA filters for the club and we keep our doors open for better circulation. Spectators are asked to sit outside, but we have a large TV monitor with them that allows them to watch the classes in real time. We do wellness and temperature checks for each person entering the club. We had to continue classes wearing masks for the past two months because of state mandates. It’s difficult with the masks but surprisingly, no one complains as it seems everyone is happy to be back on the mat.

What do you consider to be the biggest achievement of the club?

BM: Our work with At-Risk and Adaptive students is our biggest achievement. We were featured in a National 4-part TV documentary called “Our Kids- Closing the Opportunity Gap” by Dr. Robert Putnam. We were also recognized by the National ARC group for Disabled Americans with an Inclusion Award and have a plaque on the National Wall of Respect. We are also recognized as an Outstanding Sports Team and listed in the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame.

Tell us about your Judo Program.

BM: Currently, we have about 10 Judo classes each week. Also, we should note that we mainstream about 85% of our Developmentally Disabled students into our typical classes.

These include Pre-Judo: designed for small kids to introduce them to judo using fun games and exercises. The class prepares the students to participate in a more formal beginning judo class.

Beginning Judo (twice a week) basic, formal judo class to prepare the student for intermediate/advanced judo.

Intermediate /advanced Judo (6-12 years old): typically, yellow belts and above. More focus on advanced training and competition judo.

Intermediate /advanced Judo (12-17 years old) same as above but with our older kids.

We also use about 1/3 of our mat to work one on one with our Adaptive students who require more focused training.

Adult Judo (18 and over) Twice a week and held at UC Riverside. We bring the classes to our youth club when the UC’s are shut down

Police Judo: This class teaches judo to our area’s law enforcement personnel. It’s become quite popular with 5 different police agencies participating in the weekly training.

Our club is large, but we often have up to 100 people on the mat at a time. We are asking the City and Police Department to allow us to open another room in our lot to allow for more students.

Interview by: Hannah Martin

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Certified Rank Examiners 2022

USJA continues to believe our black belts are more than qualified to evaluate and promote the students within their club. What we have learned since eliminating the CRE program:

  • 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 stop 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.
  • Individuals that have not tested in years and no one following up with them.

To assist with these situations and others, we have decided to reinstate the CRE program, effective February 1, 2022.

Certified Rank Examiner (CRE) Levels

  • CRE 3rd Dan or higher
  • Regional (RCRE) 4th Dan or higher
  • National (NCRE) 5th Dan or higher
  • Master (MCRE) 6th Dan or higher

Current Valid CREs


Eligibility

Once someone reaches the rank of Sandan or higher they are eligible to become a USJA Certified Rank Examiner (CRE), after they show their understanding and ability to follow all the requirements of the promotion procedure. This program allows certain individuals meeting the requirements to examine others for rank promotions.

  • There are four levels:
    • CRE having a rank of 3rd Dan or above. Advancement after this depends on a person’s rank and their ability to meet the requirements.
    • After spending one year as a CRE having the rank of 4th Dan or above, may apply to become a RCRE.
    • After spending one year as a RCRE having the rank of 5th Dan or above, may apply to become a NCRE .
    • After spending two years as a NCRE having the rank of 6th Dan or above, may apply as a MCRE.
  • These are progressive steps and regardless of rank you are not permitted to skip levels unless approved by the Certified Rank Examiner Committee (CRE). Those considered for the MCRE level must be signed off and approved by 2 MCREs and approved by the USJA CRE Committee.
  • At certain times, such as but not limited to changes in the promotion system, a CRE of any level must document for the CRE Committee their ability to conduct examinations using the newest promotion forms. When requested, at renewal or advancement, a CRE will either forward the most recent promotions they have examined or produce a sample promotion using the latest form and documentation.
  • An additional option is to attend a CRE clinic. (This would be a Zoom call or onsite clinic, covering all the details of the promotion process.)
  • To be eligible and remain valid all CREs must maintain their membership, background screening, SafeSport, and Concussion Training. All CREs must renew every 4 years.

Promotion Sign-off Requirements

  • LEVEL 1 CRE: Must have a minimum rank of 3rd Dan. As a 3rd Dan CRE, you are allowed to recommend promotions for Nidan and below. As a 4th – 8th Dan CRE, you are allowed to recommend up to one rank below your current rank. These promotions will all be reviewed and signed off by the Promotion Board.
  • LEVEL 2 RCRE: Must have a minimum rank of 4th Dan. As a 4th Dan and above RCRE you are allowed to recommend up to one rank below your current rank. These promotions will all be reviewed and signed off by the Promotion Board.
  • LEVEL 3 NCRE: Must have a minimum rank of 5th Dan. As a 5th Dan and above NCRE you are allowed to recommend promotions up to one rank below your current rank. These promotions will all be reviewed and signed off by the Promotion Board.
  • LEVEL 4 MCRE: Must have a minimum rank of 6th Dan. As a MCRE, you are allowed to recommend promotions up to one rank below your current rank. These promotions will all be reviewed and signed off by the Promotion Board.

Annual Promotion Points for CRE Committee

Points upon certifyingAnnual points
Certified Rank Examiner21
Regional Certified Rank Examiner 6 3 63
National Certified Rank Examiner 84
Master Rank Examiner 105

Each black belt RFP signed off 1

(Note: You only receive points for signing off on Black Belt Promotions.)

CLICK HERE FOR THE CERTIFIED RANK EXAMINER APPLICATION FORM

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January 2022 Promotion Board Committee News

Happy New Year! 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 December promotions:

Recent Dan Promotions

Kynnyth LeBlancShodanSOHK Judo Club
Erin ClausingShodanOhio Combat Sports Academy Judo
Dr. Nicolas Anthony ValcikShodanDallas Judo & Jiu Jitsu
Pradiptya Fasha AdaniShodanJudo-Jujitsu
Barron Taido YanagaNidanYuma Judo Club
Jesse MartinNidanHonor Martial Arts
Leo BenavidesSandanU.S.L.E.T.A./U.S.L.E.J.A.
Daniel P. RaneySandanWhite Dragon Judo

Certified Rank Examiner Program

We plan to reinstate the Certified Rank Examiner Program in 2022. If you are interested in becoming a Member of the Certified Rank Examiner Committee, please email me at donnaturk@aol.com.

In the meantime, make sure your USJA Membership, Chartered Club Membership, Background Screening, Concussion Training and Safe Sport are all current.

Promotion Board Members

Donna Turk, Chairperson, 6th Dan, Pensacola Judo, Florida

Ken Durand, Vice Chair, 7th Dan, Keene YMCA Judo, New Hampshire

Raymond Conte, Secretary, 6th Dan, St. Mary’s Institute, New York

Bruce Bender, 6th Dan, Marion PAL Judo, Indiana

Constance Halporn, 6th Dan, NYU Judo, New York

Heiko Rommelmann, 6th Dan, Bushido Kai Judo, New York

Mark Hays, 6th Dan, Unidos Judo Club, California

Randy Pierce, 7th Dan, Konjo Dojo, Missouri

Russell Burke, 7th Dan, Ohio Judan Judo, Ohio

James Bregman, Emeritus Member

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Andrew Connelly, President of the United States Judo Association

Watch this short interview with USJA President Andrew Connelly.

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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.

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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
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