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

Message from Walter Dean, The President of USJA

Your USJA BOD is trying a number of new and revised projects. I would like to report on several of these. We know the information and recognition does not always flow to our membership, and to be honest, many things show we are on a positive track. Such as...

The Road to Ninth Degree Rank in Judo by Bonnie Korte

I wrote the following six points and paragraph several months ago when I was asked to write about women’s Judo and the USJA. I wanted to give some forgotten background history on early women’s Judo. Now as the USJA’s first woman to be promoted to Ninth Degree, I feel...

February 2023 Promotion Board & CRE Committee News

Correction on December 2022 Dan Promotions: Dr. Anthony Albano Yodan Tomodachi Judo Club Herbert Rodriquez Yodan Tomodachi Judo Club Michael Korniczky Yodan Korniczky Family Judo Congratulations to the following February 2023 Dan promotions : Paul Rivera Sandan Bushido Dojo of Staten Island Benjamin Wilhelm Rothrock Sandan Greensboro Judo Club...

Today's Birthdays

  • Kyle Bendle
  • Jason Kelly
  • Julia Mae Howard
  • Erin Rochelle Brown
  • Zachary Barton
  • Garrin Chafin
  • Enrique Torres Jr.
  • Hector M. Negron
  • Mahdi Safa
  • Ted John Danowski

Last 10 Promotions

05/27/2023 Marcus Jason Mills RAFC Judo Club Sankyu - Brown Belt
05/26/2023 Alexander Figueroa Kino Judo Dojo Green Belt - 6th Degree
05/26/2023 Taiyo Christopher Whitacre Kamikaze Judo Inc. Yellow Belt - 2nd Degree
05/26/2023 Jude Myles Riddle Marion Pal Club Judo Yellow Belt - 2nd Degree
05/26/2023 Kali Jane Riddle Marion Pal Club Judo Yellow Belt - 2nd Degree
05/26/2023 Manuel Alonso Jimenez Kino Judo Dojo Gokyu - Orange Belt
05/26/2023 Hello Carlos Castro Kino Judo Dojo Gokyu - Orange Belt
05/26/2023 Carlos Almonte Kino Judo Dojo Sankyu - Brown Belt
05/26/2023 Mr. Ryder Wayne White Elite Judo Yellow Belt - 1st Degree
05/26/2023 Patrick M. Young Samurai Judo Association Rokyu

Top 10 Clubs

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

Hon. Walter Dean

Hon. Walter Dean



Jesse Goldstein

New Jersey

C. Scott Main

C. Scott Main

New Jersey

Bonnie Korte

Bonnie Korte


David Brogan

David Brogan, Esq.


Peter Mantel

Peter Mantel


John Schneider

John Schneiderl

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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Current USJA Comittees

Michael Goldsmith, Chair


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

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Dr. Rob Reilly, Chair


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

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Barry Stebbins, 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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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


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

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Steven Matias, Chair


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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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 "Ike" Henderson, 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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Donna Turk, 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.

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

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Richard Celotto, Chair


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


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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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


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


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


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2059 Merrick Road #313
Merrick, NY 11566
NY: (516) 366-3311
FL: (727) 937-7120
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