John Baylock on Sanix

The Sanix/Taisei competition and training was an experience that I will truly never forget. I met so many great people, learned so many great things, and most importantly I gained new life skills for my future. This experience gave me insight into what I can become as a young man in life and what I can strive to be as I get older. The spirit and passion for Judo stood out to me the most as I trained and competed. Everyone worked hard without complaints, treated each of their teammates like family, and most of all they showed that they loved what they were doing every second of the week.

As for the U.S. team, I am very proud of how we performed. Although some of my teammates may have been disappointed in their overall performance, I think that we made an impact by showing the heart and determination in our training and the competition.

A special thank you goes out to my teammates who were so kind and motivating. Without them, this trip would not have been as fun and eye-opening for me.

Of course, we could not do this without the help and support of Saito Sensei, and our coach Imamura Sensei. Without their guidance, the bond and relationships that were formed between all of us would not be possible.

I would also like to thank everyone from Sanix and Taisei who helped show me the true potential for my Judo in the future.

Finally, I would like to thank my parents and Yonezuka Sensei for making this trip possible for me, and for making my Judo what it is today. Without everyone that I have previously mentioned the outcome for me at the training and competitions would not be possible. Jita Kyoei

Rachel Cook on Sanix

To USJF and Mrs Julie Koyama

Thank you so much for supporting my judo training and travel. I would like to especially thank you for not just one, but two Sanix opportunities.

the US team

I love the Sanix trip. The judo I experienced on the trip was unlike anything I see in America. The judoka were extremely respectful and had clean judo. There was a lot of tecnique put into their judo and they did not use strength, but instead, skill. I love the fluidity of judo there. It is not choppy, as one technique flows into another to create beautiful and effective judo. The other great thing is that having the opportunity to go two times on this trip, I am able to see the improvement I have made. Last year, my judo was pretty rough and choppy. After experiencing such skillful judo on last year’s trip, I came home and worked on my technique.

I trained drills that would help me to get fluid judo to fight like the judoka I worked with in Japan. I also worked with some black belts who I knew were very skilled to help me develop fluid judo. Then, thanks to you and USJF, I was able to go back to Japan and I saw a lot of improvement. I did much better in the practices and tournaments. I could tell my judo was much smoother than last year and was much more like the Japanese style of judo I want to have. It was amazing to be able to see how my hard work had paid off. I would never have had that opportunity if not given the chance to go on the Sanix trip for a second time.

Rachel at Taisei

The Sanix trip was not only a great judo experience, but a cultural one as well. It was amazing to get to go into the city and see what everyday life looks like for people living on the other side of the world. In addition, this year, I went to numerous temples, shrines, and museums. I got to learn about a lot of Japanese culture by going to these places. Furthermore, I was able to stay in Tokyo for an extra day and got to see the Kodokan, the Senso-jil temple where judo was born, and Shihan Jigoro Kano’s grave. That was huge for me, such a spiritual thing to be able to visit the homeland of judo and seeing where judo originated, were it is most predominant now, and where the founder of judo now rests. The trip was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for supporting my judo journey and not only giving me one Sanix opportunity, but two. Thank you!

Sincerely,
Rachel Cook

Kai Wallace on Sanix 2019

Before anything, I would like to thank Saito Sensei for giving me my second opportunity going to take part in Sanix. I also give my thanks to Sensei Richard and the parents: Rueben, Patrick, John, Karen.

US Team at Taisei

US Team at Taisei with Coach Richard Kai third from left

For me to have lived in Japan for over 8 years, I do not have much to say about my experience there, being that I am Japanese.

Kai and Sam

One thing that I could say is that regardless of the time I go there, it is clean, convenient and the food is very good.
First match

As for the judo, it continues to amaze me. The judo there is not only a sport, but a lifestyle as well. Being respectful, having courage, and always striving to become better is part of what real judo is. Also in a literal sense, the judokas in Japan often stay in school dorms away from their parents to judo meaning their lives revolve around judo. It was said that the players do judo 364 days a year with only one break.

Taisei practice
Taisei practice

Tasei practice

One thing that I took from this trip and will reflect on is my lack of responsibility. Getting hurt and not practicing is one thing but getting hurt and forcing my team to fight one man short is another. Not carrying my weight when my team needs me is not acceptable for any situation. As simple as it is, I will work on keeping myself in good shape so I can give my all in tournaments and be there for my team.

Kai at Hospital

Overall, I think the Sanix trip is a good experience for anybody and I will continue to treasure it through the years. Not just the trip, but the people I met on this trip will forever be remembered on my lifelong judo journey.

Why become a United States Judo Federation member?

United States Judo Federation — a very short video
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The United States Judo Federation (USJF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of Judo in the USA. We are the oldest national judo organization in the country and our mission is “to serve and support our members in the American judo community while upholding the principles of mutual welfare and benefit.”

We also provide access to high-quality certification courses and learning opportunities for students and senseis.

The USJF has high rank promotion standards recognized by all the major judo governing agencies around the world as well as insurance options for individual members and clubs.

As a member of USJF, you are part of a national judo community that respects and maintains the culture and tradition of the sport.

To locate a USJF club near you, click on the “Find a Club” link on our website. To become a USJF member, click on “Online Registration.”

Winter Nationals

SATURDAY DEC 7th 2019 at AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

Dear Friends,

We are only 2 weeks away from the 2019 Judo WinterNationals. The deadline for early registration is Nov 29th. Take advantage of the discounted price and receive a free tournament T-Shirt. Registrations are growing daily and we are expecting a great turnout. Don’t miss out on being part of one of the best tournaments in the country.

Online registration is open. Visit to download a registration packet and for additional information.

Important Reminders

We have a Coach Clinic and Referee Clinic on Friday 12/6 at the Alexander Hughes Community Center (home of Goltz Judo) in Claremont.

To make it easier on our competitors, we have a list of satellite weigh-in sites. Click here to see it. It is not too late to add your club as a satellite weigh-ins site.

We are publishing a list of competitors daily. Please check it for accuracy, if any information is incorrect contact me immediately for rectification.

Registration will be closed on Thursday 12/5 at 6:00PM. No registrations will be accepted after that.

All weights must be reported by Thursday 12/5 at 8:00PM.

There will be 3 sessions and 6 mats. All brackets and matches will be posted on Friday 12/7 around 3:00 PM, Remember to review the info and request corrections by Friday 6:00 PM. There will absolutely be no corrections or changes done the day of the tournament.

We will start the competition with the 5-12 Years old, after that we will intermix the remaining Juniors, Seniors and Masters. Each session will have an estimated start time, you will then be able to see what session you are competing in and your first match number, so you can estimate what time to be there. Please plan on being early.

To help coaches plan and coordinate their coaching duties and communicate with their players and parents, we will publish a list of players and their session and 1st match numbers by club. This will allow coaches to have a summary sheet for all their players.

To speed up the start of the tournament, we will ask players competing in matches 1-10 for session 1 to be at their assigned mats 10-15 minutes before opening ceremony. Since these are usually young kids, we are asking coaches and parents to make sure they check their kids in at the designated doors around 8:45 AM

All information can be found here: http://JudoWinterNationals.com.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the tournament and our thanks for your continued support!

Regards,

Goltz Judo

George C. Balch Committee Report

George C. Balch Committee Report
To the USJF Board of Directors and Membership
November 9, 2019

Thank you to Messrs. Robert Balch, Robert Brink, James Cornforth and Noboru Saito for guiding the efforts of the George C. Balch Scholarship Committee. As friends and family of George Balch, these members have been instrumental in keeping his spirit alive through the work of the Committee.

Continue reading “George C. Balch Committee Report”

Life Membership Year End Report 2018 – 2019

We received 56 new Regular Life Members. So we had a 45% decrease in regular memberships. As for the President Life Memberships, we received 7 upgrades also had a 305% increase in the President Club Life Member.

As a result, the income to the USJF Endowment Fund after the expense of paying for plaques, engraving, cards, lapel pins, patches and postage was $22,873.76.

2018-2019 Life Membership awards go to

Yudanshakai

  1. Shufu
  2. 50 State
  3. Hawaii

Club

  1. Hui-O-Judo Beltsville – Shufu
  2. Sanshi Judo Club – Pacific Southwest
    Clovis Judo Clu – Chuka
  3. Manoa Judo Club – 50th State
    Tohkan Judo Acadmey – Chicago
    Tohoku Judo Club – Rokushu
    Saito Dojo – Konan
    Hongwanji Pearl City – 50th State
    Orlando Judo inc. – Florida
    Hawaii Boys& Girl Club – Hawaii

Respectfully submitted
Tom Sheehan

Jack Hatton

image of Jack HAtton from the USAJudo siteimage of Jack HAtton from the USAJudo site

An item from the USA JUDO COACH of September 28, 2019

We’ve lost someone. I started to say we’ve lost an athlete, because he was, and a very good one at that. But the reality is, we’ve lost a human. A young man in his prime who could have done anything.

At one point or another, Jack Hatton was a student of more great coaches than many athletes. From New York, Texas, Phoenix, Colorado and Massachusetts and beyond, Jack sought out some of America’s best coaches and teams to train with. He dedicated his life to preparing for greatness.

On behalf of all USA Judo Coaches, we extend our deepest condolences to Jack’s family, his friends and all of his coaches, both previous and current.

As Coaches, it is important to tell our athletes that while it is noble to strive for greatness in one thing, it is imperative that they understand that opportunity and options are nearly limitless. And above all things, they are loved.

On Sunday, September 29th, 2019, a wake for Jack Hatton was held at the Keefe Funeral Home – Arlington, MA. A reception followed to share memories at Common Grounds in Arlington.