Grassroots Judo™





The leaders of Grassroots Judo™ are the Presidents, the Executive Directors, and the Legal Counsels of the USJA and the USJF. Our aim is to grow Judo and enable people to contribute to society. We are the organizations of choice for coaches and students to train in the fundamentals of “big” Judo. [Judo spelled with a big “J” means the holistic contribution of Judo to society. Judo spelled with a little “j” is the sport and recreational (technical) aspects of judo]. We hope to facilitate a way for the most skilled and talented instructors, competitors, coaches, and referees in the country to give back to judo through the USJA and USJF.


I - Grassroots Judo™ Upcoming Events


2018 USJA / USJF Grassroots Judo™ Special Needs Championships - Riverside, CA

This Tournament is open to All Developmentally Disabled Competitors. Developmental Disabilities include (but are not limited to) Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, Dystonia, and Tuberous Sclerosis. Contestants must be a current member of USJA, USJF, or USJI (USA Judo) with proof of membership. 

Date: April 22nd, 2018 

Registration Packet: Grassroots Judo™ Special Needs Championships


2018 USJA / USJF Grassroots Judo™ Am-Can International Challenge - Buffalo, NY

Dates: May 27, 2018

Website: Grassroots Judo™ Am-Can International Challenge


2018 USJA / USJF Grassroots Judo™ 9th Annual Summer Nationals - Grand Rapids, MI

This premier annual event held over the 4th of July weekend. In addition to the junior national tournament, tournaments are held for all age groups and skill levels along with a referee clinic.  

Dates: July 6-8, 2018

Website: Grassroots Judo™ Summer Nationals

Future events are open to bid

  • July 6 – 8 (Fri/Sat/Sun) 2020 – USJF/USJA Junior Nationals, Open for Bid (Interested parties please contact Robert Fukuda at the USJF)
  • July 5 – 7 (Fri/Sat/Sun) 2021 – USJA/USJF Junior Nationals, Open for Bid  (Interested parties please contact Michael Hall at the USJA)

  • 2018 USJA / USJF Grassroots Judo™ 13th Annual Winter Nationals - Azusa, CA


    This premier annual event held in greater Los Angeles early December hosted by Goltz Judo has become the largest tournament in the country. In addition to the national tournament for all age groups and skill levels, clinics are held on coaching, kata, refereeing, and just about anything pertaining to the study of judo. Preregistration includes a free souvenir t-shirt. Judo celebrities such as Ronda Rousey, Kayla Harrison, Israel Hernandez, Jimmy Pedro, Gene LeBell, Jim Bregman, Hayward Nishioka, Jin Iizumi, Hal Sharp, and many more are often on hand to provide insights, sign books, autographs, take selfies, and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

    Dates: December 8, with Clinics on December 7, 2018

    WebsiteGrassroots Judo™ Winter Nationals


    II - Grassroots Judo™ Core Values

    • Perfection of the human character
    • Mutual benefit and welfare
    • Maximum efficiency with minimum effort


    III - Grassroots Judo™ Core Purposes & Objectives

    • Introduction: Introduce the concepts of Judo/judo a larger segment of the US
    • Growth: Overcome the current stagnation of Judo in the United States and build an opportunity for all to participate in judo
    • Marketing: Have an active outreach program to perpetuate the benefits of Judo to the American society as a whole
    • Education: Disseminate the latest and greatest ideas about the sport
    • Financial Stability: Attract project sponsor and donors


    IV - Grassroots Judo™ Value Proposition

    • For participants: By affiliating with this program you will gain expertise, personal confidence, and competence. The program provides more opportunities to fully experience the benefits of Judo/judo and develop a worldwide social network
    • For teachers and coaches: Creation of an interactive Judo community that brings the best thinking and knowledge to our members


    V - Grassroots Judo™ Benefits of Judo

    • Self-awareness – what you are capable of doing and not doing
    • Confidence
    • Physical Fitness
    • Development of core skills that can also be used in other sports
    • Self-protection (ukemi – no fear of falling) and self-defense
    • Youth and adult growth and development
    • Development of a recognized community and social network


    VI - Current Grassroots Judo™ Joint USJA/USJF Tournaments

    • Grassroots Judo™ Junior Nationals
    • Grassroots Judo™ Winter Nationals
    • Grassroots Judo™ High School Championships
    • Grassroots Judo™ AM-CAN International


    VII - Grassroots Judo™ Event Endorsement Criterion

    • The event must be sanctioned by USJF or USJA (except if international with USA Judo prior approval)
    • The event must be national or regional in the scope
    • The review will be based past event history and must tie into the Grassroots Judo™ objectives
    • The review for event endorsement will be conducted by the leaders of Grassroots Judo™
    • The leaders of Grassroots Judo™ reserve the right to deny participation of any individual


    VIII - Videos of Past Grassroots Judo™ Events



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