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Coach Education Committee

To maintain coach certification validity, a person must be an Active Annual or Sustaining Life Member with a current Background Check, Safe Sport Certification, and Heads Up Certification (see details below).

The USJA Coach Education Committee is committed to:

  • supporting USJA leaders who desire a top-quality Judo clinic, and,
  • providing the highest level of coach training and certification, by ensuring our clinicians are qualified and capable of conducting effective coach certification clinics.

To accomplish its mission, the Committee will:
  • Assist Judo Leaders, when requested, to identify and enlist a highly qualified Judo technician(s) to conduct a Judo clinic, 
  • Create, revise, and oversee all aspects of the Coach Certification Program, which includes, but is not limited to:
  • Reaching out to members for their support in offering certification clinics,
  • Supporting those members who request a certification clinic in their locality,
  • Accommodating the needs of approved clinicians,
  • Identifying, selecting, and bi-annually reevaluating highly qualified clinicians,
  • Reviewing and revising the Certification Curriculum when warranted.
  • Convening meetings of the Approved Clinicians and meetings of the Coach Education Committee as needed,
  • Preparing and presenting semiannual reports to the Board of Directors.


Name Rank Email Location Status
Jason Morris Hachidan jasonmorris210@yahoo.com Glenville NY Chairman
Dr. Rob Reilly Rokudan reilly@media.mit.edu Lanesboro MA Vice Chair
Paul Bova Rokudan judokayodan@gmail.com Trafford PA Member
Gary S. Goltz Hachidan gary@goltzjudo.com Upland CA Member
Matthew Vander Horck Godan m.vanderhorck@gmail.com Lakewood CA Member

Safe Sport Program

Please remember all coaches must now take and pass this on-line test. You may do this at your convenience. It takes between 2 and 3 hours total but can be completed in segments. Once you have completed the program, please send a copy of the certificate to the USJA Office. Please go to Safe Sport, select the option of USA Judo member or Non-USA Judo member, and follow the required steps. You will use your USA Judo membership number if you are a member. If you are a non-member, you will be given a number to use to access Safe sport.

Concussion Training (Your choice of CDC or NAYS)

By taking the CDC Heads Up Concussion Training online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field. Click Here to take the Heads Up Concussion course. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate and email it to the office for verification.

To complete the NAYS course, please visit the National Alliance for Youth Sports website, choose the 'SIGN UP' button and follow the instructions. Upon proper completion, download the certificate and email to support@usja.net or fax to (844) 892-6608. You may visit the NAYS website HERE.

Background Check

Go to the Background Screening Site


Category Form Action
Judo Team Travel Policy View Download
Judo Coaching Certification Application Form View Download
Judo USJA Coaches Website Manual View Download
Judo USJA Coach Education Program Policy and Procedures View Download
Judo Coach Education Program View Download

Coaching Class Approved Instructors

Name Rank Email Location Status
Doug Bedsaul Yodan downtownmartialartsacademy@gmail.com Starkville MS Member
Loren Bentley Yodan lorenbentleyiii@gmail.com Albuquerque NM NM Member
Paul Bova Rokudan judokayodan@gmail.com Trafford PA Member
Justin Breese Godan campbushido@gmail.com Ketchikan AK Member
Dr. Ronald Allan Charles Kudan ronaldallancharles@msn.com Goose Creek SC Member
Manmohan S. Chima Shichidan sewadhar@hotmail.com Plano TX Member
George E. Chittenden Yodan unitedjujitsu@yahoo.com Oak Ridge TN Member
Marshall R. Coffman Rokudan mrcoffman1@comcast.net Dunkirk MD Member
Marc B. Cohen Shichidan marccohen55@gmail.com North Valley Stream NY Member
Andrew Connelly Hachidan connelly@sohkjudo.com Spring TX Member
Ron Cooley Godan roncooley@cooleylaw.com Hillsborough NC Member
Michael T. Dobbs Sandan michaeltomdobbs@icloud.com Franklin TN Member
Kenneth Durand Shichidan kdurand603@gmail.com Keene NH Member
Gary S. Goltz Hachidan gary@goltzjudo.com Upland CA Member
Thomas R. Gustin Hachidan thomasgustin219@yahoo.com Racine WI Member
Isaac "Ike" Henderson Sandan ranger1309@icloud.com Rockville MD Member
Rodney Jaime Yodan rodneyjaime@gmail.com Spring TX Member
Peter C. Mantel Rokudan Judo.bum@hotmail.com Toano VA Member
William McElhaney Sandan bill@mcelhaney.com Hughesville MD Member
Osmil Millan Hachidan oshachidan@tds.net Maddison WI Member
Philippe Morotti Rokudan philippemorotti1@gmail.com Los Angeles CA Member
Neil Ohlenkamp Shichidan judounleashed@gmail.com Member
John Paccione Shichidan sijudo1@aol.com Cape Coral FL Member
Dave Passoff Shichidan dpassoff@hotmail.com Great Neck NY Member
Dr. Rob Reilly Rokudan reilly@media.mit.edu Lanesboro MA Member
Brian P. Rowe Shichidan rowe@etsu.edu Johnson City TN Member
Tony Sangimino Yodan Sangimino81kg@yahoo.com Burlingame CA Member
William D. Sherwin Jr Rokudan bilncris2@verizon.net Abington MA Member
Michael L. Szrejter Hachidan mikesz@bellsouth.net Boynton Beach FL Member
Ed Thibedeau Rokudan jujitsu1950@gmail.com Little Rock AR Member
Johnny S. Tureaud Yodan tureaudj@outlook.com North Sioux City SD Member
Donna C. Turk Rokudan donnaturk@aol.com Navarre FL Member
Matthew Vander Horck Godan m.vanderhorck@gmail.com Lakewood CA Member
Jovany Varela Rokudan jovanybjj@gmail.com Gardena CA Member
Leandro de Lorenco Lima Nidan manager@milestonemartialarts.com Las Vegas NV Member