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Tamo Kitaura Sensei has devoted over 50 years to the sport of judo as a competitor, instructor, coach, manager and referee.
Throughout his distinguished career, Kitaura Sensei has been instrumental in developing and mentoring students and has been
an active contributor to numerous organizations, which support such activities, including the Central Coast Judo Association
and the United States Judo Federation. In honor of Kitaura Sensei’s lifelong dedication to and distinguished service in
support of Judo throughout the United States, the Central Coast Judo Association and the United States Judo Federation (the
“Governing Organization”) has established the USJF TAMO KITAURA REFEREE GRANT (the “GRANT”).


The GRANT has been established to provide financial assistance in support of the development and growth of USJF referees. The
GRANT is specifically aimed at USJF referees who have exhibited a degree of technical proficiency, such that the Governing
Organization has identified these individuals as candidates for further testing and certification through the PJU-C. The proceeds
from the GRANT go towards defraying the costs of travel and other expenses associated with a referee’s attendance at the PJU-C
testing site. This GRANT has also been established as a tool to encourage, support and increase new referee participation.


Referees who have reached a degree of technical proficiency and show the interest and acumen to further develop themselves through
top-level testing and certification of the PJU-C are eligible for the GRANT. In addition, the GRANT should be utilized to assist
in the establishment of programs and incentives to encourage new referee participation.

Official Rules:

The official rules of the GRANT shall be established and governed by the GRANT Committee. The GRANT Committee members are composed
of (i) the chairperson of the USJF Referee Development and Certification sub-committee or his or her designee; and (ii) additional
members who are selected by the Central Coast Judo Association Board of Managers and the USJF Executive Committee.

USJF Endowment Trust:

The USJF Endowment Trust (the “USJF Trust”) was established to develop and support programs which promote the sport of judo in the
United States. Contributions to the USJF Trust are tax deductible and the income realized from the principal of the USJF Trust is
used to fund programs such as this GRANT. The USJF Trust, in conjunction with this GRANT will help to ensure that the teachings and
philosophy of Kitaura Sensei continue on in perpetuity through his students and aspiring referees.

Click here to download the Tamo Kitaura Referee Grant Contribution Form