President’s April Message

letterheadMitchell Palacio

“USJF Dojo: Re-start of Judo”

On Sunday, April 11, at 1:00pm – 2:30pm (Pacific), I will host “USJF Dojo: Re-start of Judo” zoom meeting. I will share the USJF strategic plan to help the dojo sensei’s re-start teaching Judo. The focus will be on providing resources and guidance to existing and new dojos in giving their members a positive experience during this re-start of Judo.

Topics to include

    Spectrum: Recreational – Competitive, Preparing to Re-open, Working with Parents,
    and Curriculum: Where do I start?

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Zoom workshop

April 11, at 1:00pm – 2:30pm (Pacific), “USJF Dojo: Re-start of Judo”

Meeting ID: 821 3257 2343

Passcode: 671303

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Judo in the U.S., A Century of Dedication by Michel Brousse and David Matsumoto

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New dojos in the San Diego area came under the jurisdiction of Nanka Yudanshakai under the invitation of Kenneth Kuniyuki. In 1954, the Rocky Mountain Yudanshakai covered the states of Wyoming, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado. In 1962, there were enough black belt holders to join the JBBF as part of the Rocky Mount Yudanshakai. In mid 1950s, Judo was started in Nebraska with Dr. Sachio Ashida at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and in 1961 the Midwestern Judo Yudanshakai was born, covering greater part of six states (North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and the western half of Missouri).

The late 1950s and early 1960s saw Yudanshakai in Arizona, Florida, Central California, Intermountain, New England, North Central (Wisconsin), and Texas. From its humble start with five Yudanshakai in 1952, by 1963 the USJF included 18; by the mid-1960s the USJF had an official registry of 20 around the country.