September 2022 Promotion Board & CRE 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 September 2022 Dan promotions:

Joseph BelleroseShodanThe Jui-Jitsu Academy
Thomas James SeitzingerShodanBushido Kai Judo, Inc.
Eric Matthew TheallShodanSOHK Judo Club
Anthony Craig JohnsonNidanGreensboro Judo Club
John GuzakNidanHarper-Tomodachi Judo Club
Norman SutphinSandanGreensboro Judo Club
Terry D. CarrSandanDesert Judo Club
Greg BeckerYodanIwayama Dojo

USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – DO YOU KNOW?

We have implemented a one-page form, “Coach Recommendation for Promotion” for all Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan promotions that will 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 and verification of those records for Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan, are being moved to the Head Coach and individual Judoka.  We realize using the Activity Log/Summary EXCEL spreadsheet is difficult for some of our members so we are implementing the option to use a “Personal Judo Promotion Record” that you will be able to download from “found under the Printable forms link” and either type or hand print your data. 

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 Q1 USJA Judo Rank & Certification call will take place in January 2023.  For Rokudan (6th dan) and above, your promotion packet must be sent to the National Office by December 1, 2022, to be considered.

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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