May Development Newsletter


Development Newsletter

May, 2003

Junior Judoka Development

Elite Athlete Training Camp, SFSU, CA

The USJF Development Committee presents the USJF National Judo Conference ELITE ATHLETE TRAINING CAMP.

Clinicians Steve Cohen ? 2000 Olympic Coach
Jimmy Pedro ? 1999 World Champion
Date: Friday June 13, through Sunday June 15, 2003
Arrival date Thursday, June 12; departure date Sunday, June15)
Two workouts a day on Friday & Saturday, One on Sunday
Place: San Francisco State University
Eligibility: 13 yrs. old and up
Lodging priority: 1. Senior Elite A & B level athletes
2. Junior Elite A & B level athletes
3. Senior Elite then Junior Elite
Fee: $100.00 Elite Athlete Training Camp (room and meals, conference fee not required)

Learn from two of the best minds in the game; Steve Cohen and Jimmy Pedro have been successful internationally as both player and coach.

Don?t miss this opportunity!?Sign-up today by contacting Margaret Catt, Conference Coordinator, by sending an Email to
Or download flyer from for further information and application form.

2003 Summer Judo Development Camp by Daiheigen Judo Yudanshakai

Clinicians Noriko Narazaki
Women?s 52k division
1999 World Champion
2000 Olympic Silver medalist
1996 Olympic Bronze medalist
Date: Check-in June 15, 2003
Workout times:
June 16-18, 2003 9:00-11:30am and 6:30-9pm
June 19, 2003 9:00-11:30am
Special Elite Workout:
June 16-18, 3-5pm
Place: San Francisco Sate University Burk Hall # 6
Eligibility: This development camp is open to participants currently registered
with the USJF, USJA and USJI, ages 8 -20 years
Fee: Entire Camp, meals (3 per day) and lodging by June 1, 2003 – $ 275.00
Entire Camp, meals (3 per day) and lodging after June 1, 2003 – 300.00
All Sessions, Instruction Only $ 125.00
Full Day, Instruction Only $ 40.00
One Session, Instruction Only $ 30.00

Registration and Entry Fees You may register by session,
day or full (room and board) camp. For day or session camp you may register
30 minutes before scheduled sessions. For a registration packet or further
information contact:

Steve Hata, Vice President
Daiheigen Judo Yudanshakai
Phone (510)237-5335


(CJI Sanction #?????? – held under current open agreement standards with USJI, USJF and USJA)

Clinicians Mike Swain
World Champion, two-time World Silver Medalist, Olympic Bronze Medalist, 4 time Olympian, Olympic Coach

Chie Swain
Pan-American Champion, Member Brazilian Olympic Team

Keith Nakasone
Pan-American Champion, Member 1980 Olympic Team

Chuck Jefferson
2003 World Team Member, Pan-American Champion

Mike Barnes
2003 World Team Member, Pan-American Medalist

Dates and Times: Friday, June 20th at 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, June 21st at 10:00am to Noon and 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, June 22nd at 10:00am to 1:00pm
Place: At the newly named
USA Judo West Coast Regional Training Center
San Jose State University
Yosh Uchida Hall
San Jose, CA
Fee: $100 all 4 sessions or $30 per session
(Includes photo with coaching staff and Saturday lunch)


For further details please contact Chuck Jefferson at or 800- 662-4616.

Jimmy Pedro Summer Camp, San Fernando, CA

A Building Block for the Future Champions
USJF Sanction # 03-06-09

Purpose of This Camp

Jimmy Pedro will share his techniques and secrets on how he became a
World Champion and Olympic medallist. He will inspire you to improve your
Judo skills to become a top competitor. The participants will gain a wealth
of knowledge and skills, which was gained from years of training and dedication.
Each participant will receive a souvenir bag.


All participants are expected to know how to dress in judo gi to include
tying their belts without assistance, perform ukemi, perform a few basic throws,
and have competed in a tournament.

How to Register

Please contact Dr. Ann Maria Rousey at 2111 7th St. #8, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or register at the clinic site.

Must show proof of current USJF, USJI, or USJA membership at the clinic.

NOTE: Clubs who pre-register five or more competitors will get a 10%
discount. Send in all pre-registrations together and just deduct 10% from
the amount due for each athlete.

Date: Monday, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th, 2003
Place: San Fernando Judo Dojo, 12953 Branford Street, San Fernando, CA 91331
Schedule: Age 12 & Under

		Registration (On-site at San Fernando): 9:00 - 10:00 am
		Instruction (on the mat): 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Age 13 & Over:

		Registration (On-site at San Fernando): 9:00 am - 10:00 am
		Conditioning: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
		Clinic (on the mat): 2:00pm - 5:00pm and 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Cost: Entire week

Membership 12 and Under 13 and Over
Non Nanka Member $100 $160
Nanka Member $80* $128*
Nanka Member, USJF Medalist or Senior Elite $50** $80**

* 20% Discount Paid by Nanka
** 50% Discount Paid by Nanka

Senior Judoka Development

Olympics: Passion for Judo Pays Off, Ex-Olympian to Coach U.S. Squad in Athens

By Shelly Anderson, Post-Gazette Sports Writer,

It’s obvious Marisa Pedulla is serious about her career.
She earned a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Pitt and now is coordinator
of the Pittsburgh Bacteriophage Institute in the university’s department of
biological sciences.

If it is her first passion, judo is a close second.

"And many times it’s probably my first passion,"
said Pedulla, of Brentwood. "It’s just a great

The sport has taken her all over the world and in 1996
took her to the Olympics in Atlanta, where she finished
seventh in her weight class. ?She retired from competition in 1997, but judo
is taking her back to the Olympics.

Pedulla, 34, has been named one of four coaches for
the United States
team for the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece.
"It’s going to be fantastic," she said.

Pedulla, a Yodan, or fourth-degree black belt, already
knows most of the athletes who are expected to make the team after the Olympic
trials in June 2004. She has had coaching assignments with the national team
the past few years, including the Pan-American Games and
the world championships.

She also coaches one of the contenders, Christina Pro,
who is ranked No. 3 in the nation at 48 kilograms.

Pro trains at the South Hills Judo Club, which Pedulla
and her husband, Dean Markovitz, run and have recently turned into a nonprofit
venture.? They coach athletes of various ages and skill levels and hope to
begin procuring grants to help troubled children by getting them involved
in judo.

When she competed, Pedulla trained with her personal
coach, Colleen Murphy, at the same club.

To juggle her two occupations, work and coaching judo,
next year, Pedulla might have to work overtime at Pitt and take a short leave
or two for the trials, training camp and the Games, but it will be worth it.
"Judo is outstanding, phenomenal," she said.
"You lay it all out there on the mat."

Kata Development

The 3rd Annual USJF National Kata Clinic

USJF Kata Development and Certification Subcommittee
presents the 3rd Annual USJF National Kata Clinic
from June 13 to 15 at San Francisco State

Clinician: Sensei Toshiro Utsugi (Kodokan 8th Dan)

Judo Instructor at the Kodokan? and the Tokyo Police department
8 times Champion at the All Japan Police Championships.
1st Place Koshiki no Kata at the All Japan Kata Championships

Sensei: Yoshiharu Enoki (Kodokan 7th Dan)

Assistant? Judo Instructor at the Kodokan, Gakushuin University

Imperial Palace Head Judo Instructor 13 years.
Participated? 8 times All Japan Championships
1st Place in Itsutsu no Kata at the All Japan Kata Championships

Date: Friday June 13, through
Sunday June 15, 2003 (Arrival date Thursday,
June 12; Departure date Sunday, June 15)
Place: San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA USA
Cost: $250.00 for Conference fee, housing and meals. (May check in June 12,after 2PM)
$150.00 Conference fee only. ?For those not able to attend the complete Conference, fees are $ 50.00 per day.

The USJF Kata Certification Test: Nage no Kata, Katame no Kata, Ju no Kata, GoshinJitsu, Kime no Kata, Koshiki no Kata, Itsutsu no Kata

The USJI Kata Certification Test: Nage no Kata, Katame no Kata, Ju no Kata, Goshinjitsu, Kime no Kata

For further information, visit

Konan Yudanshakai Ju No Kata Clinic Report

By Anthony Owed

The Ju No Kata workshop and certification exam on Sunday,
April 6, 2003 was a success. There were a total of 16 people
in attendance. The participants represented both Ohio
and Michigan.

As expected, there were multiple skill levels. The
initial workshop started with everyone performing Ju No Kata. At the end of
the performance, the group was divided into three levels ? beginners, intermediate,
and advanced. Lori Bartman and Amy White spent the rest of the clinic teaching
the beginners the complete Ju No Kata. Al Panackia and Mark Pasquinelly worked
with the intermediate and advanced students, improving and encouraging their

Frances Glaze and Anthony Owed over saw the complete
program. They supervised the instructors and added their expertise in teaching.

Finally, at the end of the program the certification
exam was given to Tom Sheehan, Neil Simon, and Ryan O?Connor.

Instructor Development

Nutrition: Energy Balance

by Dean Markovics

Energy Balance.

It is true that we all have slightly different energy needs.? Age, gender,
activity level, and genetics are some of the factors that influence energy
needs.? In general most of us need approximately 2,000 calories per day.?
If you ingest more calories then your body uses then you will gain weight.?
Ingesting fewer calories then your body uses will make you lose weight.? The hard part is to balance
the energy needed with the nutrients needed with the foods that make you happy.?
A package of Pop ? Tarts ? equals 400 calories or about 1/5 of
you daily calories.? On the other hand if your taste preferences are steamed
wild rice, broccoli, and tofu you can eat a fairly large volume and rest ashore
you will not exceed your caloric needs.? In addition there is this notion
of empty calories these are foods such as soda pop that contain calories,
but no nutritional value.? Eight (8) fluid ounces of Coke ? has
100 calories or the same number of calories as 2 cups of cooked vegetables!?
The vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and carbohydrates.

So What?s the Point?

A wide variety of foods, eaten in moderation so that the caloric intake
is equivalent to the energy expenditure and to avoid foods with empty calories
will increase overall health and performance.? Remember when talking about
nutrition more is not always better.

Referee Development

USJF National Referee Training

June 13-15, 2003

A USJF National Referee Training will be held from
June 13 to 15 at San Francisco State
University by Ovidio Granero and Joon Chi.

Clinicians: Ovidio Garnero

  • 2000 Sydney Olympic Referee
  • 2003 World Championship Referee
  • Pan American Judo Union Referee Commission Member

Joon Chi

  • 2000 Sydney Olympic Referee
  • 2003 World Championship Referee
  • Pan American Judo Union Referee Commission Member
Date: Friday June 13 through
Sunday June 15 (arrival Thursday June 12 and departure Sunday
June 15)
Place: San Francisco State University,
San Francisco, CA
Eligibility: Anyone (Referee, Coach, Player, Parent)

Learn from two of the best referees in the world!

Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up today by downloading
the event flyer at

2003 Simon Bolivar and Olympic Qualification Zone II Tournament Report

By Noboru Saito

On Friday May 2, the Olympic Qualification Zone II
Tournament was held from 5pm at the Dome of Asuncion
? open air dome mainly used for their pro basketball team. The morning of
May 2, from 10 am to 12 noon,
Mr. Carlos Diaz conducted a referee clinic and went over the new IJF rules
and information regarding the IJF Referee Seminar in Daegu,
He announced that the 2004 PJU Championship would be held in Margarita
Island instead of Maricaibo,

The 2003 Simon Bolivar International Championship technical
meeting was held from 12:00 ? 2:00pm and Ron Blake
attended.? This is first time that a US
player participated in this championship and the Venezuela
judo appreciated our presence.

The referees were transported by 2 vans to the tournament
site.? It took a 20 minute ride to get there.? The tournament site was set
up as two 8m x 8 m mat areas on a basketball court.? The inside of the contest
area was green colored mats; the danger zone was a red colored mat and the
safety area was a blue colored mat.? At the opening ceremony, Dr. Fernado
Romero, Venezuela Olympic Committee President, and several national Olympic
committee members were introduced.? About 14 nations participated in this
event, but Venezuela
dominated.? Only the IJF A?s and B refereed; all of candidates for ?B? sat
out and watched us.? The event was over by 9pm.?
There was a dinner function after this event and David, Bruce, Teri Takemori
and I were invited to attend.? We drove to a Lobster restaurant by a Venezuela
Judo official.? There, all us were introduce to the President of Venezuela
Olympic Committee by Mr. Antonio Zevarella.? Other key attendants were Mr.
Casanova and Mr. Diaz. Most of the Venezuela Judo Federation key personnel
were there also.? This party lasted till around 12:30am.

The next day, the 2003 Simon Bolivar International
Championship (22 countries entered for this event) started at 10
am.? Vans picked us up on time on 9:00 am.?
The tournament started on time also.? It was long day with very hot weather.?
Lunch was served around 2:00pm and it was adequate.?
Hector Estevez jointed us in the afternoon.? He worked primarily US
commission members and also evaluated the ?B? candidates.? Since US referees
were dependable and from a neutral country, all of the US
referees worked a lot of matches.? I was very tired at the end of day.

That night, there was a ceremony for the recognition
of the Cuban Women?s team (Amarilis Savon, Legna Verdecia, Driulis Gonzalez,
Sibelis Veranes, Daima Beltran and Kenya Rodriguez) and a Q&A session
was held at the hotel for one hour. Most of us attended this event and listened
to many very interesting stories from these world class judo players, such
as how they started judo, what kind of training they are doing, how judo forms
in Cuba,

The last day of the competition started at 10am
(on time) and ended around 5pm.? Mr. Diaz held a
brief referee meeting basically thanking us for our help and doing a good
job. We got back hotel to relax and have little bit of a social with other
referees at the dinner table.? The dinner was very good with varieties of
meat, vegetables and good desert.


2003 Judo Conference Reminder

This is a reminder about the 2003 USJF National Judo Conference,
to be held 13-15 June 2003 at San Francisco State University. This year we
have made significant improvements to our national conference in order to
make it more meaningful and productive to all members of the American judo
community. These changes include:

  • having sessions not only for teachers, but also for referees, kata instructors and participants, and elite athletes in training
  • presentation of our newly revised teacher?s institute curriculum, which we hope will revitalize the teaching of judo in the country
  • moving the conference to start on Friday and end on Sunday, so working adults need take only one day off from work

We hope that you will be excited to participate in our 2003
National Judo Conference. And as in the past, as an added incentive we will
waive the conference fees for one member of each USJF charter club to attend
the conference.

Hope to see you in June in San Francisco! Registration forms are on the website!

David Matsumoto, Ph.D.
Chair, USJF Development Committee


Judo in every American community and school


To serve and support its members in the American judo community while upholding the principles of mutual welfare and benefit


Create and maintain a customer service orientation
Cultivate leadership at all levels of the organization
Create a positive image of judo


  • Open communications
  • Clarifying before speaking (making sure you understand what the person is saying and where they are coming from)
  • Deal with facts (data) (Fact-based decision making)
  • Cooperation ? all working toward the same outcome
  • Decision making in the best interest of grass roots judo in the US through yudanshakais and USJF Committees ? Mutual welfare and benefit
  • Balanced Budget
  • Collaboration of activities ? helping each other out
  • Inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness
  • Integrity ? doing what you say you are going to do


Overall Goals Measures of Success
Continue USJF membership growth 5% increase per year
Continue with judoka, sensei, and leadership skill proficiency 10% average increase in training
Increase overall yudanshakai participation and involvement 100% participation and involvement in USJF activities from all yudanshakai
Develop a USJF brand image 5% of the population in a targeted community differentiates judo from martial arts

Newsletter Staff

We welcome your comments about the USJF Newsletter, suggestions for future editions, or inquiries
about USJF. Please write to anyone of the below newsletter staff.

Editor: Ernie Wakamatsu

USJF, PR Committee Chairperson, Vaughn Imada

USJF, Development Committee Co-Chairperson, David Matsumoto

Copyright (c) 2002, United States Judo Federation

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