Welcome to the 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


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.

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

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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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.


John Paccione


Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral

Celita Schutz

Celita Schutz

Vice President

Kokushikai Judo Academy
New York

David Goodwin

David Goodwin


Bushido Dojo of Staten Island
New York

Mark Tamulionis

Mark Tamulionis


Kodokan Judo of Cape Coral

H.C. (Sparky) Bollinger

H.C. (Sparky) Bollinger


Clarksville Budo Club

Celita Schutz

Ed Rodriguez


Bob Rush

Paul (Bob) Rush


CEM Judo

Gary Goltz

Gary Goltz

Chairman, Promotion Board

Goltz Judo

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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Current USJA Comittees

Edward Wilkes, Chair


Our aim is to preserve and promote the growth of traditional Aikido. In this context, we are proud to provide technical and emotional support to those whose hearts and minds are committed to Aikido.

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John Paccione, President - Celita Schutz, Vice President


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

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Andrew Connelly, Chair


The following shows a list of Certified Rank Examiners who have “Upgraded” their CRE status or have become new CRE. They having produced evidence that they understand the requirements for promotion shown in the new Guide first printed in December 2015.

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Mike Szrejter, Chair


While there are many activities to accomplish and numerous objectives to be met, 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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David Goodwin, Chair - Brian Lee Money, Vice Chair


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. Goals and activities of the USJA development program are aimed at making these quality programs available throughout America.

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David Parrit, Chair


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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Gary Monto, Chair - Eugene S. Fodor, Vice Chair


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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Sgt Maj E.L. Mayfield, Chair


The United States Judo Association's inception came from the Armed Forces Judo Association. From these proud roots we have established the 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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Ronald Allan Charles, Chair


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. In addition, while the Board reserves the right to recognize anyone at any time for any reason for any award and to present and publicize such achievements, the Board is welcome to consult with the Committee concerning such actions.

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James Wall, Chair


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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Gary Goltz, Chair - Lynn Roethke, Vice Chair


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. Inherent in this process is the direct evaluation of candidates for high dan promotions. Additionally, the Board will ensure that the process maintains its fairness by simultaneously withholding ranks from unqualified candidates and recognizing deserving candidates.

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Teri Takemori, Chair - Charles Schweizer, Vice Chair


The purpose of the Referee Certification Committee is to educate the competitor, coach, and referee in the Competitive Rules of judo. To provide clinics and seminars at the grassroots level through the USJA National Referees. To provide seminars at the National Level through USJA International Referees. To provide technical support to the National Referees conducting clinics, seminars and examinations. To provide a well-developed certification program in every State conducted by USJA National Referees.

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Justin Weston, Chair - Celita Schutz, Vice Chair


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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Raymond Conte, Chair


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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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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Michael Hall, Chair


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