United States Judo Association


The USJA commits itself to spreading the art of Judo to the best of our abilities in the spirit of jita-kyoei, mutual benefit. This was Jigoro Kano's vision when he founded Judo, and we carry this philosophy on and off the tatami. We look forward to providing support, education, and a community of like-minded people to help foster the growth and expansion of Judo in the United States.

Our committees, members, and staff all have ample experience working with each other to create the best environment that facilitates people of all ages getting involved and integrating Judo and it's principles into their lives. We hope you enjoy your time here and explore the vast amount of services that we offer; from member services and club management options to webinars and clinics with the nation's top competitors and coaches.

"If there is effort, there is always accomplishment." - Jigoro Kano

Latest News

December 2022 & January 2023 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

2022 was a record-breaking year for Blackbelt promotions! Thank you to all of our Head Coaches and Certified Rank Examiners for your continued support to grow your club members and USJA. Let’s keep up the great work in 2023! Congratulations to the following December 2022 Dan promotions: Lance Olson...

November 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

Congratulations to the following November 2022 Dan promotions: Stephen R. Bergren Godan Marion PAL Club Judo Roger Lenfest III Godan Derry Judo Theodore Schwalm Yodan Jita Kyoei Dojo Dr. Anthony Albano, Jr. Yodan Tomodachi Judo Club Gary R. Amick Yodan Marion PAL Club Judo Cynthia Bonner Yodan Buckeye Thunderbird...

October 2022 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

Congratulations to the following October 2022 Dan promotions: Sean Michael Ruiz Shodan Goltz Judo Christopher Capobianco Shodan Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral Issam El Bizri Shodan Goltz Judo Carson Sheckler Shodan Morillo Judo Club Jesse Grinstead Shodan Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral Priscilla M. Foster Shodan Tampa Florida Judo...



Today's Birthdays

  • Farren A. Kahan
  • Annika Trochesset
  • Frank Pavia
  • Neela Evans
  • Ms. Martha Helmers
  • Lauren Meece
  • Fereol Faure
  • Sanders Ishisaka
  • Addison Richard
  • Devin Kubota

Last 10 Promotions

02/06/2023 James Matthew Lindsey Pensacola Judo Training Center Yellow Belt - 1st Degree
02/06/2023 Roger Herman Jr Pensacola Judo Training Center Rokyu - Yellow Belt
02/06/2023 Dr. Matthew Lindsey Pensacola Judo Training Center Rokyu - Yellow Belt
02/05/2023 Collin McKeon Budokan Judo Club Yellow Belt - 1st Degree
02/05/2023 Luna Chafin Budokan Judo Club Orange Belt - 3rd Degree
02/04/2023 Kristina Baker Shining Together Judo Club Shodan - Black Belt
02/03/2023 Clint Hartman Davis Budokan Judo Club Yellow Belt - 1st Degree
02/03/2023 Odalis Inoa Stratford Judo Yonkyu - Green Belt
02/03/2023 Caleb Matthew Hawks Budokan Judo Club Orange Belt - 4th Degree
02/03/2023 David Hawks Budokan Judo Club Orange Belt - 3rd Degree

Top 10 Clubs

Samurai Judo Association
Milestone Martial Arts
Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC
SOHK Judo Club
Bushido Kai Judo, Inc
Bowling Green Kentucky Judo Club
Hollywood Judo Dojo
Chikarakogeki
Judo-Jujitsu Madison
Goltz Judo



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Our Leadership

The USJA Board of Directors are democratically elected by our senior members every 4 years.

The USJA has 2 standing committees: Promotion & Standards and Ethics.

Peter Mantel

Peter Mantel

President
Virginia

Rob Reilly

Rob Reilly

Vice-President
Massachusetts

John Borsch

John Borsch

Treasurer
Arizona

Bonnie Korte

Bonnie Korte

Director
Missouri

Jesse Goldstein

Jesse Goldstein

Director
New Jersey

Paul Rivera

Paul Rivera

Director
New York


We are always looking for volunteers to serve on our various committees. You must be an active member and have a current, cleared background check to volunteer.


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Committees

Current USJA Comittees

Michael Goldsmith, Chair

BYLAWS COMMITTEE

The Bylaws Committee is responsible for safeguarding The USJA bylaws and all related changes.

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Jason Morris, Chair

COACH EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The USJA Coaching Education and Certification Committee has these main goals: to run clinics and training camps throughout the country to raise the technical skills of coaches and their athletes, and to run a certification program of outstanding quality emphasizing a comprehensive approach to coaching.

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DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The mission of the USJA’s Development Committee is to build stronger communities and better people through the discipline, physical conditioning, focus, and ethical values learned in judo.

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ELECTION COMMITTEE

The Election Committee is responsible for operating our Director elections according to the USJA Bylaws.

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Barry Stebbins, Chair

JUJITSU COMMITTEE

The USJA believes that all variations of Jujitsu have something to offer our Jujitsuka. We believe that all styles can peacefully coexist under one banner. We believe that all styles of Jujitsu should conform to the basic principles as broadly depicted in the USJA Jujitsu manual.

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KATA CERTIFICATION

Our Kata Committee serves the membership by providing step-by-step descriptions of kata, plus score sheets for judges. We suggest you print the guidelines for the kata you are doing and refer to them often for guidance. We encourage kata practitioners to attend judo camps and clinics to perfect the kata, for evaluation, and perhaps even for certification as kata instructor or judge.

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David Brogan, Chair

KOSEN JUDO COMMITTEE

The Kosen Judo committee is devoted to educating and improving all aspects of newaza development.

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Steven Matias, Chair

MILITARY AND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMITTEE

Our focus is on the improvement, organization, and solidarity of our men and women in uniform, as well as those who serve the public.

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NATIONAL AWARDS COMMITTEE

The National Awards Committee, like all non-standing committees, serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. We may suggest or recommend to the Board individuals or programs worthy of recognition.

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Isaac Henderson, Chair

PROFESSIONAL JUDO COMMITTEE

The mission of the Professional Judo Committee is to gather, create, and distribute information and resources that are beneficial to those individuals wanting to open new schools or transition existing programs into full-time, paying, commercial martial arts schools.

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Donna Turk, Chair

PROMOTION BOARD

The mission of the USJA Promotion Board is to ensure that the standards of promotions awarded by the USJA reflect the technical expertise, range of techniques, character development, overall judo knowledge, and contribution to the sport of the person promoted.

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PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

The Publications Committee is responsible for the organizations publications, such as newsletters, updates, and other correspondence.

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Richard Celotto, Chair

REFEREE COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Referee Certification Committee is to educate the competitor, coach, and referee in the Competitive Rules of judo.

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Doug Bedsaul, Chair

REGIONAL COORDINATORS

The goal of regional coordinators is to facilitate the development of judo at all levels. Regional coordinators contact and encourage many clubs and individuals to participate and host events aimed at increasing participation in judo via the USJA.

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SCHOLASTIC JUDO COMMITTEE

The mission of this committee is two-fold. First, the committee will examine the role of judo in the lives of school-aged children and teens. Secondly, the committee will examine the process of developing partnerships with elementary, middle, and high schools with suggestions for implementing judo in local schools in the spirit of mutual “welfare and benefit”.

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Michael Goldsmith, Chair

STANDARDS AND ETHICS COMMITTEE

The USJA Code of Ethics is our statement of purpose. It is the guideline for our commitment to a standard of excellence and integrity unprecedented in sports. It is the mission of the USJA Standards and Ethics Committee to encourage, support, and foster the ethical behavior of all USJA members as well as to establish a policy of intolerance for behavior contrary to the USJA’s established Code of Ethics.

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Brian Lee Money, Chair

SPECIALS NEEDS COMMITTEE

The Special Needs Committee is dedicated to educating, advising, and certifying prospective judo coaches and instructors on training and teaching judo students with Special Needs.

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Michael Hall, Chair

TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS COMMITTEE

We get stuff done!

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United States Judo Association, Inc.

2059 Merrick Road #313
Merrick, NY 11566
NY: (516) 366-3311
FL: (727) 937-7120
CA: (213) 260-9200
Fax: (844) 892-6608

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