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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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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.

Heads Up Concussion Training

By taking this free, 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 course. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate and email it to the office for verification.

Background Check

A completed and clear current background check is required for all Certified Coaches per the USJA’s Background Screening Policy. (Download the Background Screening Form or go to the Background Screening Site.)


  2. USJA OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS (This includes Promotion Board Minutes)
  3. Certified Rank Examiner Sub-Committee Page

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