Calvin Terada, Chair USJF Referee Development and Certification Subcommittee
Calvin Terada writes:
Without dojos being open for practice and tournaments being held in our community, I am sure that many of us feel a strange sense of uneasiness since judo has been a part of our entire lives for so long.
While there is uncertainty and challenges all around us, one silver lining is that I have been utilizing the extra time to work on updating policies and develop strategic planning for the USA Judo Referee Commission (RC). Each of you will see some of the work being produced by the RC very soon. I have been also doing a lot of thinking and planning for us (USJF RDCS), especially on next steps for judo referee development, but also on succession planning for the RDCS which has come to fruition.
Following authorization by Sheldon Konno, Chair, Development Committee, USJF, and Mark Muranaka, President, USJF, the appointment of new members have been made to the Referee Development and Certification Subcommittee. It is with great honor to name Ryan Shimokawa, Diane Samia, Diba Mani, and Saro Balagezyan as our new RDCS members. Each of these four individuals is not only accomplished judo referee in the United States, but they bring a rich diversity of judo experience and personal work history that will augment the skills of the existing four members: Mark Hirota, Greg Moore, Diane Manganaro, and Calvert Kitaura. Further, the skills and experiences of all eight members will be critically important as the RDCS continues ongoing programs, but also prepares to launch new projects to prepare and develop judo referees in the future.
In preparation for the immediate aftermath of coming out of this pandemic situation, it is quite clear to me that our national volunteer judo referee system will need to be rebuilt because many things will have changed. We will need a team that will be ready to confront these new challenges and they will need bring new skills, experience, and ideas on how to develop judo referees in this new world. Bringing in new talent, passion, and leaders is an important part of this subcommittee’s function. It is one of my responsibilities to assess and find our own replacements when the time comes.
The plan at this point is to start with these rotations so that I can get the new group moving toward the next stage of judo referee development. Once the new group has a clear direction, vision, and begin making progress, my plan is to pass the baton to the next leader so that they can take and continue on with the great work of this subcommittee.
New members for USJF Referee Development and Certification Subcommittee