CRE & Rank Promotion Changes

All CRE’s,

After receiving suggestions from our membership and updates from various committees, we are excited to be releasing the new “United States Judo Association Judo Rank Promotion System – Judo Manual, 11th Edition”.

To continue to be the leading Judo association in the United States and remain competitive with the other judo organizations, we are making a few major changes to our promotion process. We believe our black belts are more than qualified to evaluate and promote the students within their clubs. Therefore, we have eliminated the CRE program as of October 2020 and all certified USJA blackbelts will have the authority to promote any active Junior or Senior Kyu USJA member, up to one rank below their own. Example: Shodan can evaluate and promote any active Junior or Senior Kyu USJA member up to the rank of Ikkyu. We also believe that our certified USJA blackbelts are qualified to evaluate and recommend for promotion any Shodan – Godan, up to one rank below theirs.  (Refer to page 79, Rank Table: Dan Rank Age, TIG Points, Rank and Number of Sign off Required). We are excited to announce thatUSJA will also be eliminating the promotion fees for all Junior and Senior Rokkyu-Ikkyu promotions. (Refer to pages 143-148, Entering Junior and Senior KYU Promotions.) Please review the Summary of Changes below.


1. All references to the USJA Certified Rank Examiner Program were removed effective 21 October 2020.

Implementing Instructions for Current USJA CREs

For all USJA CREs who were certified at any CRE level prior to 16 February 2018, those members may enter their USJA CRE activities on their USJA Judo Activity Log and earn CRE Points upon certifying, Points/year, and points for each RFP sign off activities up to and including October 2020.

With the exception of earning points for each RFP sign off, all USJA members who were certified as a CRE at any level during the period of 16 February 2018 to 1 November 2020, may claim CRE “Points upon certifying” and “Points/year” promotion points beginning on their date of certification, ending two years after that date (i.e., if certified on 1 January 2020 the ending date would be 31 December 2021). For RFP sign off activities, only those RFP sign off activities that occurred prior to 1 November 2020 may be entered on the member’s Judo Activity Log with earned points.

Points upon certifying Points/Year
Certified Rank Examiner 2 1
Regional Certified Rank Examiner 6 3
National Rank Examiner 8 4
Master Rank Examiner 10 5
Each RFP sign off

2. The Regional Coordinator was added as a point of contact if a USJA member had any questions concerning the required paperwork and documentation for promotions. The Regional Coordinators are a separate committee under the USJA (see

We would like to thank all the CRE’s for their work with the various clubs in assisting our Instructor’s and Coaches with the promotions for their students.

Donna C. Turk

USJA Promotion Board Chairperson

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The Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association is pleased to announce that Donna Turk has been installed as the Chair of the Promotion Board. Donna has a distinguished history of service and accomplishment as a member of the United States Judo Association. Having received her shodan in 1980, Donna has availed herself over the last 40 years to a substantial degree of competition and service at both the national and international levels.

Donna has also been closely associated with the editing and promotion of the USJA Promotion Manual. Donna’s service in this capacity, coupled with her extensive background in the USJA, make her an ideal fit for the USJA Promotion Board.

We look forward to working with Donna Turk as we all strive together for the sake of American Judo!

For Judo,

Bob Rush
President, USJA &
The Board of Directors of the United States Judo Association

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Election Notice

NOTICE OF USJA BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTION – 2021                                       

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that an election is to be held for the United States Judo Association Board of Directors.  The election shall be for five (5) Directors.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, To be eligible to be on the ballot for election as a Director, or to be appointed as a Director to fill a vacancy, or to serve as a Director, an individual must, throughout his or her term of office: (i) be a current, primary, USJA Active Annual or Active Sustaining Life Member in good standing, (ii) have been an USJA Active Annual or Active Sustaining Life Member of the Corporation for not less than five (5) consecutive years prior to election or appointment to the Board of Directors, (iii) be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, (iv) be a citizen of the United States, (v) complete a successful background screening, (vi) not be an employee of USJA, and, (vii) if a previous Director, not have been removed from the Board of Directors for cause within the previous ten (10) years.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that eligible individuals may have their names placed on the ballot for election to the Board of Directors by submitting to the National Office a petition signed by at least one hundred (100) current Senior Annual Members and/or Senior Life Members of the Corporation. All such petitions must be received at the USJA National Office no later than July 31st of the election year for which they are intended. No employee of the Corporation is eligible to submit a petition to the Board of Directors to seek election as a Director of the Corporation. The petition requesting placement on the ballot must include or be accompanied by a statement signed by the prospective Board Member stating that he or she desires to become a Board member and that he or she will attend meetings of the Board of Directors as required in these Bylaws. All such petitions shall be examined by the USJA National Office for verification of the validity of the required signatures, names, and membership status. 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that all original petitions for nomination must be received by the USJA by July 31, 2021.  All ballots must be postmarked by September 30, 2021 and sent to:

USJA Elections
2059 Merrick Road #313
Merrick, NY 11566

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that the New Directors are to take office by October 15, 2021.

NOTICE IF FURTHER GIVEN, that sample form petitions, elections procedures, and notices will be available on the official USJA website.

Dated:  July 26, 2020

United States Board of Directors

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The American Judo Development Model

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in partnership with the National Governing Bodies, created the American Development Model in 2014 to help Americans realize their full athletic potential and utilize sport as a path toward an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Guidelines in regards to the current pandemic

The USJA is suggesting that members follow USA Judo’s guidelines in regards to the current pandemic.

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We regretfully announce that the 2020 USJF/USJA Grassroots Judo 11th Annual Summer Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, FL have been cancelled. The 2021 Summer Nationals for Juniors, Seniors, Veterans, Kata, and Teams, will be held in New Jersey in July of 2021. There will be more information being released this summer. Stay tuned and stay safe.

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Interesting in hosting the 2021 JA/JF Nationals?

If you are interested in hosting the 2021 USJA/USJF Nationals, please review the information at the bottom of and submit your bid to before March 1st.

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The 2020 Summer Nationals

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The annual Winter Nationals open board meeting

The annual Winter Nationals open board meeting will be held at 2pm this Friday at Goltz Judo:

2pm @ Goltz Judo
Hughes Center
1700 Danbury Rd
Claremont, CA 91711


The United States Judo Association

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2019 USJA / USJF Grassroots Judo™ 14th Annual Winter Nationals – Azusa, CA

This premier event is held each December in sunny Southern California at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center outside of Los Angeles. It was created and is hosted by Goltz Judo and is endorsed by the USJA/USJF Grassroots Judo™ alliance . You can expect to see over 800 competitors from all over the country as well as different parts of the world such as Europe, Asia, South America, even a team from Tahiti! In addition to the national tournament for all age groups and skill levels, clinics are held on coaching, refereeing, kata, and anything pertaining to the study of judo.

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