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The Importance of Parental Involvement in Youth Sports

      Parents play a significant role in shaping their child’s sports experience. Children observe and emulate the behavior demonstrated by others, with parents often being the initial introduction to sports.

     The level of parental involvement can directly impact whether a child enjoys the experience or not. A positive and enjoyable attitude from parents towards sports enhances a child’s interest and enjoyment in the activity.

     It is important for parents to acquaint themselves with judo contest rules and comprehend their underlying purpose.

    Donate to the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund

    The Hawaii Bankers Association are coordinating with all local banks to collect for the HBA’s Aloha for Maui program which in turn will be donated to the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.  100% of the money they receive will go directly to help the people in Maui.

    Edward Hanashiro, USJF 1st Vice President – 50th State Yudanshakai

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    The passing of Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida

    The passing of Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida

    Yoshihiro "Yosh" Uchida, a San Jose State graduate and former coach who played a crucial role in promoting judo in America, passed away at the age of 104. Uchida was a prominent figure at San Jose State for over eight decades, transforming the school into a powerhouse...

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    Frances M Glaze

    Frances Glaze © 2024, Frances Glaze, all rights reserved Judo Biography Frances Glaze’s journey in the world of Judo is a testament to resilience, dedication, and unwavering passion for the sport. Her odyssey began amidst the halls of the YMCA while she pursued her...

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    Tad Nalls

    Michael Tad Nalls © 2024, Roy Nanjo, all rights reserved Judo Biography USJF Rokudan, IJF- B level referee, International Coach, Sensei at Georgetown/Washington Judo Club (WJC) at Georgetown University Past competitor in Collegiate and Masters (now Veterans)...

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    SHAPE America

    The USJF Development committee has align its Jr Rank Requirements with SHAPE America.  SHAPE America is our national standards framework for K-12 Physical Education that defines what a student should know and be able to do at each stage of developing physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthy physical activity.

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    Our Vision: 

    Building strong wellness communities by empowering members to make known the Judo maxim, Jita-kyoei (spirit of mutual prosperity for self and others), through safe and positive experiences.

    Our Mission:

    Promote and support Judo as a physical, mental, and moral practice.


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    Covid 19 Update

    The latest COVID guidelines from the Medical Committee for dojos and events.

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    Judo Profiles

    Jennifer Badertscher

    Jennifer Badertscher

    On November 12, 2023
    Jennifer Schoo-Badertscher, Chair of the USJF’s National Teachers Institute, will be the guest on the next installment of the USJF Webinar Series, with the second of two presentations, Results Instruction: Assessing and Designing for Success.

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    James Bregman

    James Bregman

    James Bregman Arguably the first and best-known American judo icon, Jim Bregman has devoted his life to the sport as a competitor, teacher, and administrator.  A member of the USA’s first Olympic judo team and Bronze medal winner, World Championship medalist, Pan...

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    Interview with Sensei Hector Estevez

    Interview with Sensei Hector Estevez

    Join us on June 12th at 1PM (Pacific) for an in-depth conversation with Sensei Estevez as the guest in the ongoing USJF Seminar Series of webinars. You won’t want to miss this inspirational story of one of the most dedicated and successful judokas in the history of US judo.

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    Grace Talusan

    Grace Talusan

    USJF STORY~ Grace Talusan I started judo when I was in graduate school so I don’t have any childhood memories of growing up on the mat. My first judo memory was Mr. Ogasawara setting up two bean bags on the mat and having me roll between them for an hour straight, and...

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    Building the Community

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    Pathways Toward Success

    When your son or daughter participates in Judo through a charter club approved by the United States Judo Federation, they will have quality instruction and a positive experience which will enrich their lives as they grow and mature. 

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    The United States Judo Federation Teachers Institute, with its long standing tradition of technical excellence in teaching and coaching is committed to serving our members with the latest information and procedures.  In addition, certification in Self Defense Instruction, National refereeing and kata judging are offered.

    Video Resources

    Many dojos have had to adjust to a hybrid-remote model, a combination of in-person and virtual blended instruction.  The USJF videos are available to all sensei’s and coaches. Our hope is that these videos serve as useful learning tools for your practice.

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    the Community

    The USJF is committed in supporting the dojo/club. 

    Judo participation can provide the space for healthy activities and access to areas where people come together, and foster outlets for physical and mental health recovery.

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    USJF National Committees

    Voluntary committee members are dedicated to the continuous improvement of our members and their communities by providing research, experience, education and diversity in the interest of the betterment of man-kind through the practice and study of judo.

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    Yudanshakai (Regions)

    Being the oldest Judo organization in the USA, the USJF was originally called the Judo Black Belt Federation (JBBF). It was organized around regional/local Yudanshakai (black belt associations). The purpose of the Yudanshakai is to promote judo in its own area and run local events.

    United States Judo Federation

    When you join the USJF not only will you enjoy the benefits it offers, you will have access to resources and a knowledge base that will serve to educate and enhance your enjoyment of this great sport.