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Promotion Board

Mission Statement

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. 


Name Rank Email Location Status
James S. Bregman Judan jsbregman.64@gmail.com Leesburg VA Emeritus Member
Steve Cohen Hachidan sev19882000@gmail.com Wheeling IL Member
Andrew Connelly Hachidan connelly@sohkjudo.com Spring TX Member - (Chair of Rank Examiners)
Robert D. Donaldson Shichidan bobbydrock@hotmail.com Landover MD Secretary
Jesse Goldstein Hachidan jesse80moscow@gmail.com Toms River NJ Member
Gary S. Goltz Hachidan gary@goltzjudo.com Upland CA Chairman
Jason Morris Hachidan jasonmorris210@yahoo.com Glenville NY Member
Lynn J. Roethke Hachidan behealthy@clubolympiawi.com Fond Du Lac WI Vice Chair


Category Form Action Notes
Judo Black Belt Judo Promotion Package View Download
Judo Certified Rank Examiner CRE Package View Download
Judo Promotion - Senior Kyu View Download
Judo USJA Junior Handbook Excerpt View Download
Judo USJA Senior Manual Excerpt View Download
Membership Background Consent Release Form View Download

Recent High Dan Promotions

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  1. The USJA Rank Examiner Certification Program is administered by the Promotion Board
  3. USJA OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS (This includes Promotion Board Minutes)
  4. Heads Up Concussion Protocol
  5. Safesport

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